A young club, a great history
Three years ago we started a great adventure, not only regarding our working lifes, but also regarding sportive live: we started MESAICOS, a field hockey club in Solna with the focus on students and families. What followed was a nice history with many great achievements, new friends, learn full moments and above all a lot of FIELD-hockey. That all in a country where ice-hockey and uni-hockey play a much bigger role in society. Now three years later we are looking back on that history and we do that together with you!
The idea was born during the development conference of 2014, organized by the Swedish field-hockey federation SLHF. Nils and Maarten wanted to start a club were the core values were going to be, field-hockey to bring together people for making new friends and playing a team sport. The emphasis should lay on outdoor hockey and hockey as a great social activity instead of playing competition. The club was founded in July 2014 and the first sessions that were organized were so called “Student-Hockey” sessions. A simple get-together where enthusiast participants play a field hockey match on half a field. Members were recruited mainly via via and by use of Facebook. In the months that followed after setting up the club, recruiting events were organized at for example hagaparken idrottensdag. Equipped with just a couple of hockey-sticks, some hockey-balls and cones we showed hockey at many children in the central park of Stockholm. During this day we came across Ingrid Vreeken a parent of three children who played hockey in Stocksund together with Jeroen van der Neut. MESAICOS contacted them and set up a cooperation to integrate this hockey group into the club by the start of 2015.
The logo of MESAICOS shows a heart, two hockeysticks and of course the name MESAICOS. MESAICOS stands for MEns SAna In COrpore Sano. The latin name links the roots of the hockey club to it’s student character. It stands for “a sounds mind in a sound body”, or also “a healthy mind in a healthy body”. That means that playing at MESAICOS is not just playing hockey. It is part of feeling good and being in a good physical health. The heart symbolizes both the sound feeling as well as the healthy body. The logo was designed with the help of logohuis.
The first tournament
The first tournament where MESAICOS participated was in Åkerberga. The club contributed to the tournament with one team that consisted of some of it’s own members and hockey players who were borrowed from a German club called Darmstadt. The first ever official match was won by 2-0, a sign for a great future? The year after the club was represented with official clothing that is up until today exclusively delivered by our clothing partner Stag Hockey.
Field-Hockey untill end of November
In November 2014 MESAICOS proven that hockey in Sweden can be played almost all year long. While all other Swedish field-hockeyclubs started with their indoor competition already since September, MESAICOS kept on playing outdoors untill the 25th of November that year! Thereby being the only club to play that long outdoors and with success. A great team was formed to shape the future of the club. A future which started by setting goals and a vision. A vision in the core values of a social character and a club for family and friends and above all FIELD-hockey were represented.
Shaping the board- committee structure
With the set goals, a club structure had to be determined and the involved persons from the student-hockey group were asked to take a little task upon them. This is how the committee and board structure started beginning of 2016. Later on it has been developed to a well functioning club with different board members and committees that all together shape the club. Committees like the youth-, veteran-, membership- and activity- committee are necessary to let the club function in a proper way and make all forms of hockey possible that are currently given at the club (being senior-, veteran-, youth-, trim- and indoor-hockey).
The first mile stone
The first mile stone of the club was achieved in January 2016, where the club got two new hockey goals. This gave us the opportunity to organize matches and tournaments at our home base in Bergshamra. The first ever tournament weekend that was organized was the MESAICOS kick-off. A tournament day where MESAICOS invited Nacka and Roslagen to come play against our teams. A great succes although the weather wasn’t that good.
Stabilizing and professionalizing
From that moment on the club grew fast, new committees were set up like the material committee and the PR- and recruitment committee as well as new training times for both the mens and the womens team. By the summer of 2016 the growth was mainly focused on stabilizing all parts of the club and writing down all structures on paper the future generation of MESAICOS knows what and how be part of the team. All that has led to a “MESAICOS” script in which the club structure is clearly presented as well as a code of conduct (or also likhetsbehandlingsplan) to let everybody be able to play at our club no matter their grounds gender, transgender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion or belief, disabilities or invalidity, sexual orientation or age.
Up to the 100!
Now, three years later the club has set new goals and is looking into the future. MESAICOS has set the goal to grow out to a 100 members by the end of 2017. An ambitious goal which has to be achieved by taking several measures. First of all the club will restructure it’s youth division. The part of the club that is currently the least developed ever since it started that part in January 2015. Together with a new Youth-committee under the lead of Ariadne Hogeboom and cooperation with AIK bandy and the local community it will try to set up new training times and recruit new youth players. The growth Youth section is supported by making field-hockey in Stockholm bigger and more professional. New clubs like HULK in Uppsala as well as the formation of an official local district competition has to attract many more players to start playing hockey not only at MESAICOS, but everywhere within the Stockholm district. Besides the reshaping the youth section, MESAICOS is also developing strongly on the side of veterans. By setting up a new veterans team, the club is recruiting both new players as well as a complete new target group that fits into the newly set vision of Riks Idrottsförbundet, “livslång idrott”. Finally the club will look for professional partnerships to suppor the future growth of the club. The board aims to set up a new sponsor committee that will look at the opportunities to get a main sponsor for MESAICOS.
Champions since 2018
Since 2018 we are champions: Swedish national field-hockey champions at the women’s side! The ladies team (D1) defeated Nacka and Valhalla in the fight for the championship on the 15th and the 16th of September 2018.
The future of Field-Hockey Sweden!
All together the developments aim to create the future of field-hockey Sweden. Something MESAICOS will achieve together with all other clubs in the region. Dreaming again of an olympic Swedish hockey team. Unrealistic? Ambitious? We think it perfectly fits in what MESAICOS stands for.