We are the largest sports club on campus, with currently over 125 members (both men and women) and we look forward to welcoming even more this year. We have a Team for every ability and experience level.
If you join RHUL Hockey, you will have regular training sessions, once or twice a week, as well as regular Wednesday BUCS (University League) and weekend fixtures in either a LUSL (Weekend University League) or in the Surrey Open Hockey league.
We also have informal hockey events that are inclusive to all members of the club which are used to fundraise for our chosen charities. These will be regular events to bring both the male and female sides of the Club together.
The social side of the Hockey Club is centred around our weekly Wednesday socials. Our key events are Come in Your Kit and Dress Your Fresh/Returner, however we run a variety of themed events to celebrate the day's matches before heading down to continue celebrations in the SU. We also celebrate at the end of each term with our two formal dinners of the year (Christmas and End of Season).
Every year over the summer, we host an annual hockey tour. Unfortunately due to COVID, we didn’t have one in 2020, but over the years prior the Club has travelled to Malta, Cyprus and Portugal.
The easiest way to get involved is by turning up to the Trial Days in September or January, or by turning up to a training session! You can email the us to ask about how to get involved or look on our website.
We have six teams that cater for every ability; from those who've never held a hockey stick before to those who have played internationally. All our teams (except the Ladies' 4th XI) play in BUCS on Wednesdays. Our Ladies' 1st XI, Men's 1st XI and Men's 2nd XI play in the local Surrey leagues on Saturday whilst our Ladies' 2nd XI, 3rd XI and 4th XI play in LUSL on Sunday.
Weekend League (Day played)
Men’s 1st XI
BUCS South Eastern Tier 3 (3A)
LUSL Men’s Competitive Premier (Sunday)
Men’s 2nd XI
BUCS South Eastern Tier 5 (NW London)
Surrey Open Hockey Div 4 (Saturday)
Ladies’ 1st XI
BUCS South Eastern Tier 2A
Surrey Ladies’ Hockey Div 8 (Saturday)
Ladies’ 2nd XI
BUCS South Eastern Tier 4A
LUSL Women’s Intermediate Premier (Sunday)
Ladies 3rd XI
BUCS South Eastern Tier 5 (SW London)
LUSL Women’s Intermediate Div 1 (Sunday)
Ladies 4th XI
LUSL Women’s Recreational (Sunday)
Once we have been allocated our training sessions for next year, they will be displayed here and on our website.
Socials are a big part of the biggest club on campus - every Wednesday we get together to celebrate the spicy skills that the days BUCS matches have seen before heading off to the SU for a lil boogie. Hosting both alcoholic and non-alcoholic events, socials range from fancy dress to team nights to days out to places like liquid leisure - there's never a dull moment!!
We also have some extra large socials too. Come in Your Kit (CIYK) happens once a term when all of hockey gets together with their team and heads to the SU in their kit along with the other sports teams. It is the highlight of the term and the biggest sports night offered at the SU and is a brillaint way to bond with your teammates, alongside having a good boogie in the SU.
For a chance to ditch the kits in favour of something a bit more snazzy and suave, we have formal dinners at Christmas and at the End of Season. We come together to celebrate the end of both terms and once again, head to the SU to finish off the night, because no formal wear is complete without a VK claw!!
Umpiring & Driving
You can earn some money with some easy side hustles while studying! We pay students who umpiring and drive for our teams.
For umpiring, we pay depending on the level of your qualifications, and on the level of play, you're umpiring. This is a great opportunity for our club members to earn some money to help pay your rent, fund Student Union habits or pursue your passion for umpiring. This starts at £15 for Level 1 Unassessed Umpires, £17.50 for First Team games and up to £21.25 per game with a Level 2 Qualification.
For more infomation visit our website.
Not only do we have 6 competitive teams across the club, we integrate these teams though house hockey.
Upon your arrival to RHUL Hockey you’ll be sorted into one of 5 houses, named after notable Holloway Alumni, who you will compete with in tournaments and friendly mixed matches. These matches a great way to give you a chance to get to know players from the rest of the club!
Its such a BRILLIANT way to improve your hockey skills too, so is a fantastic thing for new players to get involved in as you'll soon see your spicy skills developing!!
Tournaments and friendly matches will occur regularly in terms 1 and 2, with a separate summer tournament across term 3 giving you all a chance to whack some balls around to relieve that all-fun exam stress when the main season is over!! Finally there will be a big tournament on Hockey Tour over the summer, where each house battles to become the house hockey tour lejjonds!!!
Every year we spend our summer abroad getting some rays and playing some hockey. We didn’t have Tour in 2020, but over the years prior the Club has travelled to Malta, Cyprus and Portugal.
This is undoubtedly one of the greatest expereinces on offer at Royal Holloway, getting to spend a week in the sun with your hockey pals. There are so many experiences to embrace too, including playing matches against international players, exploring new places, boat parties, the opportunities are endless!!
Volunteering and Charity
We get involved with our community through volunteering and charity, raising large amounts of money for great causes. Our most recent one is our BLM campaign where we raised over £2000, £1045 for The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust and £1045 for Show Racism the Red Card, while the Club aimed to have each team run 846 miles for the 8 minutes and 46 seconds the American police officer was on George Floyd's neck.
Get involved, be a part of a great club! Follow up on social media, or visit our website or email us for more information.
You can come down to a training session and give hockey a go anytime you like. We'll always help you find the right level and get you involved as quickly as we can! Everyone who wants to join hockey can. No matter what your ability or experience there is always a place for you with us.
Welcome to Royal Holloway Hockey Club!
We are the largest sports club on campus, with currently over 125 members (both men and women) and we look forward to welcoming even more this year.
We cater for all standards, whether you are an international or complete beginner, there is a place for you in the club. Everyone who wants to join will make it on to a competitive team! There is also the chance to play informal/friendly hockey on a regular basis through our house tournaments, organised by Kate Page to give you a chance to play social hockey with other members of the club. We also put on regular charity tournaments which helps raise money for charity, as well as getting to know other people in the club, alongside taking part in some hilarious themed events.
The social side of hockey is centred around our weekly Wednesday socials. Our key events are Come in Your Kit and Dress Your Fresh/Returner, however we run a variety of themed events to celebrate the days matches before heading down to continue celebrations in the SU. We also celebrate at the end of each term with our two formal dinners of the year (Christmas and End of Season).
For a big final send off, the year ends with our annual hockey tour. Over the past three years, the club has travelled to Malta, Cyprus and Portugal.
We have six teams that that cater for every ability; from those who've never held a hockey stick before to those who have played internationally. All our teams (except the Ladies' 4th XI) play in BUCS on Wednesdays. Our Ladies' 1st XI, Men's 1st XI and Men's 2nd XI play in the local Surrey leagues on Saturday whilst our Ladies' 2nd XI, 3rd XI and 4th XI play in LUSL on Sunday.
Every team trains during the week. Our 1st teams and Ladies' 2nd team train twice per week, our Men's 2nd and Ladies' 3rd teams train once every week, with a second session every other week, and our Ladies' 4th team trains once every week.
You can find out more about our BUCS teams here.
Socials Every Wednesday
Claudia Hall and George Lawson, our Social Secretaries, will be sorting us out with a great social calendar this year.
Formals & Come in Your Kit
Your team will become like a friendship group. Captains organise team nights a few times each term so you can socialise in a more relaxed environment. It could be a film night or a meal out with your team.
Charity & Volunteering
Here at Royal Holloway hockey we pride ourselves in our ability to work pretty bloomin’ hard and that shows in our charity efforts! From charity boxes, bake sales, sponsored walks and even a 12 hour continuous hockey match we don’t do things by halves!!
We have so many ways to get involved in charity events which are not only a brilliant thing to pop on your CV but also one of the best ways to bond with your team and other members in the club - nothing says ‘team bonding’ like trying to outdo Mary Berry by making something that vaguely resembles a cupcake ! ! (our cupcakes are the best on campus tho just sayin x)
Our Volunteering and Opportunities Secretary, Joelle, will be organising events throughout the year to help raise funds for charity.
This year, we plan to push even further in raising money for our new charity (to be revealed in term 1). Charity events include a 12 hour hockey match, mixed charity tournaments, charity socials, bake sales and individual efforts. It’s always a great evening.
If you’d like to umpire we’ll help you get qualified. Once you’ve done that you’ll get to umpire club games and get paid for it too!
There are plenty of England Hockey courses throughout the year and we are hosting our own on 29th September 2019.
It looks great on your CV too!
There's nothing better after all your exams are done than jetting off somewhere sunny with hockey.
It was Cyprus this year, Malta before that and we're already working on our next destination!
Find us at the Freshers' Fayre in freshers week. If you can't make it, don't worry! Just message us on one of our platforms.
Registered charity no: 1141998
The Students’ Union, Royal Holloway
Egham, TW20 0EX