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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.

How to get involved

To find out more about how to get involved with the club, please use the red ‘contact us’ button to contact the club directly, or message them on any of their social media pages using the links provided.

The membership fee is £220, and if you want to play in the Saturday leagues only it is £130.

Please note that on top of the club 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.

Get into hockey for fitness, socialising, performance, development and achievement.

3 skills this sport will give you:
Determination
Employability
Team work

 

Training times & venues

Men:

  • 1st and 2nd team – Monday – 20:00-22:00, Thursday – 18:00-19:30
  • 3rd and 4th team – Tuesday 17:30-19:00, Thursday – 21:00-22:00
  • 5th team – Tuesday – 20:30-22:00, Thursday – 17:00-18:00

Women:

  • 1st and 2nd team – Monday – 18:00-20:00, Thursday – 19:30-21:00
  • 3rd and 4th team – Tuesday – 19:00-20:30, Thursday – 20:00-21:00
  • 5th team -Tuesday – 20:30-22:00, Thursday – 17:00-18:00
  • Development Team – Thursday – 21:00-22:00

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

National League

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.

Interesting facts

Our players:

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.

Partnerships:

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.

Meet the coaches

Current Coaching staff:

Christopher Davis
Richard Chambers

Current Scholars and Notable Alumni

We currently have 18 players who are part of their respective home nation’s squads:

Cerys Preston – Wales Senior Women

Delyth Thomas – Wales Senior Women

Jolyon Morgan – Wales Senior Men

Catherine Ledesma – England U21/ GB Development

Freya Bull – England U21/ GB Development

Lauren Hunt – England U21

Lily Walker – England U21/ GB Development

Millie Attwell – England U21/ GB Development

Millie Giglio – England U21/ GB Development

Nicole Marks – England U21/ GB Development

Pip Stewart – England U21/ GB Development

Pippa Lock – England U21/ GB Development

Sophie Holiday – England U21

Eddie Way – England U21/ GB Development

Mike Wood – Wales U21

Miles Margetson – Wales U21

Jonny Fleck – Wales U21

Duncan Gladwin – Scotland U21

 

Notable Alumni:

Anna Toman – GB/England Senior Women

Emily Defroand – GB/England Senior Women

Erica Sanders – GB/England Senior Women

Hannah Martin – GB/England Senior Women

Lily Owsley MBE (Olympic Gold Medalist) – GB/England Senior Women

Sophie Bray MBE (Olympic Gold Medalist) – GB/England Senior Women

Amy Costello – GB/Scotland Senior Women

Key contacts

President:

Matt Simonds

Coaching staff:

Christopher Davis
Richard Chambers