The University of Birmingham Hockey Club is the most successful university hockey club in the country. The club has twelves teams altogether including six men’s and six women’s teams. All 12 of the club’s teams (six Men’s and six Women’s) compete on Saturdays in the National, Regional and County leagues. All twelve teams also compete in the British University and Colleges Sport leagues on Wednesdays.
The Club has a number of international players representing the University currently. Notable alumni of the club include Lily Owsley MBE and Sophie Bray MBE, Rio Olympic Gold Medallists.
University of Birmingham’s hockey pitches will be the host venue for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Squash will also be hosted on campus in the Sport & Fitness club, and the Vale Village is being used as athletes’ accommodation.
Do you currently play competitively and are interested in competing for/training during your time at the University of Birmingham? Register your interest below and your details will be passed on to our performance coach.
How to get involved
To discover more and get involved, come and meet current club members at Sport & Fitness Fair on Tuesday 21 September in the Sport & Fitness Arena from 10am-5pm. This is the best place to find about trials and taster sessions. You will be asked to register your interest using the ‘Register Interest’ form above, and then you will receive confirmation of the dates of trials and taster sessions in a follow up email. If you would prefer, you can also fill in the form before Sport & Fitness Fair, but you will not receive any further information until the evening of Tuesday 21 September.
If you have any questions for the club before Sport & Fitness Fair, please contact the club directly via the red contact us button or their social media pages.
Following trials and taster sessions, if you would like to join the club you must purchase a membership online. To purchase a membership, please click the yellow join us button.
Please note, on top of the club membership fee there is a £16 fee that covers personal accident insurance when training or competing for the University, access to free cross-training sessions such as circuits and yoga, as well as a contribution to the costs of affiliation to various national governing bodies. This fee is only payable once so if you did decide to join a second club then you would not need to pay a second fee.
Level of Competition
Level of University Competition:
- 1st XI Women: England Hockey IWHL Premier Division and BUCS Premier Division
- 1st XI Men: England Hockey National Division 1 North and BUCS Premier Division
- Women’s 2nd XI: England Hockey IWHL Conference West
- Men’s 2nd XI: England hockey Men’s conference west
University of Birmingham male and female hockey teams have been playing at national league level since the late 1990s, and are one of the original two university teams to have been in the leagues for that long. In the National League, we have two Women’s teams and two Men’s, which is an unparalleled achievement for hockey clubs around the country.
The Men’s second team gained promotion into the Conference West of England hockey league last season, matching the achievement of the women’s second team the year before. The Women’s first team maintained their Premier Division place and will go into their 12th season as a premier division side. Only 1 side have been in the premier division longer than us (Clifton Robinson’s)
The Men’s 1s gained a promotion into the new division one of the England hockey league structure and have been snapping at the heels of Premier level for the past 14 years. Adam Harriman is the longest serving member of the whole club, starting during his Physio student days, a master’s and then four years as an alumni player, alongside his full-time job.
Adam is just one example of a non-student player, of which we have 11 that come into the club to play national league. These consist of ex-international players, university alumni and prospective students.
Upcoming fixtures can be found by clicking here. All matches are free to spectate on campus.
Successes and Achievements
Men’s 1st XI achieved promotion from the EHL National Conference (West) in to EHL National Division One (North).
Women’s 1st XI reached the Cup final at Big BUCS Wednesday, just missing out on Gold.
Men’s 2nd XI were promoted into Midlands Prem. and reached the Semi-Final of the National Tier 2 EH Cup.
Women’s 2nd XI got promoted into the Investec National Conference (West) from Midlands Prem.
Men’s 3rd XI won the West Mids. Prem. and promotion to Midlands Division 3.
Women’s 4th XI won all their BUCS games giving them promotion along with the Midlands 2A title and also won their Saturday league meaning they are promoted to Midlands Feeder West.
Men’s 5th XI were crowned champions of Midlands South West 1 and are therefor promoted into Midlands South West Prem.
Women’s 5s won their Saturday league with the Women’s 6s only losing to them all season.
Lily Owsley became the first student at the University to achieve Olympic Gold at Rio 2016 whilst still studying along with Sophie Bray MBE, Psychology, who also got an Olympic Gold for GB Women. Hywel Jones, Business, 2019, played at the Commonwealth Games for Wales, and at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast 8 of the Women’s squad were UoB current students or alumni!
Commonwealth Games 2022:
Our pitches will be the home of hockey at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
University of Birmingham is a hotbed of hockey talent with a rich history of supporting athletes to achieve representation in home nation development programmes and the GB senior team. In addition to the top-level university teams playing in the National Leagues on Saturdays, UoB also partners with local clubs Bournville, Edgbaston and Harborne to support hockey pathways across the local area.