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About the Club

Although field hockey during the last two decades has exponentially grown in popularity in Northern Virginia, a club team has never been developed in Alexandria, VA. Field hockey players fill Alexandria City high school rosters, and if they pursued developing their skills with club teams, they have had to travel beyond the city's limits to other areas in Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland.  There have been many outstanding athletes from Alexandria City who have continued their field hockey careers after high school in Division I, II, and III programs. 
Recognizing the wide appeal and love of the sport among Alexandria residents and the need for a local club, AVA Magic was formed, led by one of the most decorated field hockey players in Alexandria, Philomena Fitzgerald.
AVA Magic is driven to develop young female athletes into becoming the best versions of themselves, teaching discipline, emphasizing teamwork, fostering community, building self-empowerment, and embracing leadership.
Along with offering seasonal clinics, AVA Magic plans to play throughout the local Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Northern Virginia area after establishing U12 and U14 teams. The club hopes to compete at the National Field Hockey Festival, the National Indoor Tournament, and the ESPN Disney Showcase in Orlando, Florida.

Meet the Program Director and Coach

Coach Phil

Coach Philomena (Phil) Fitzgerald

Coach Phil is a native of Alexandria and began her field hockey career in middle school with the Alexandria Summer Field Hockey League. She played for T.C. Williams High School (now Alexandria City High School) and captained the team as a senior, leading the team to a district championship as well as a run at states. She finished her high school career as the Patriot District Player of the Year, first team all-conference, first team all-region, first team all-state, and an All-Met first team selection for field hockey. She also was the Female Athlete of the Year at T.C. Williams High School, a member of the indoor track team, and a captain of the soccer team her senior year, which also made a run at states.

Coach Phil continued her athletic and academic career and played Division I field hockey at The College of the Holy Cross. She was a three year starter and captained the team her senior year, earning a spot on the Patriot League All-Tournament team. She graduated in 2020 with a degree in Economics and a minor in Dance and Africana Studies concentration. She now works in Old Town Alexandria.

Currently, Coach Phil is the director of the Alexandria Summer Field Hockey League, an assistant coach for Alexandria City High School’s Varsity field hockey team, and the assistant coach for ACHS's JV women’s soccer team. She hopes to spread her love and knowledge of the game across Northern Virginia and especially in her hometown of Alexandria.

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2312 Mt. Vernon Ave., #208
Alexandria, VA 22301