The University of Warwick Ladies’ Hockey Club (or UWLHC) is one of the largest female sports clubs on campus and prides itself on inclusivity – from total beginners, to girls who have played for many years and are striving to improve and compete at higher levels.
We train and play hard but also have an unreal social calendar and strong bonds with other clubs. Your university life will undoubtedly change when you join UWLHC.
All four of our teams compete in various leagues at least once a week and we recently received ‘Gold’ in the Sportmark 2016/17 competition category – our 1st XI compete in the top Midlands 1A league and finished in the top 10 last season.
Three teams take part in Wednesday BUCS matches against other Universities but all four teams play matches against local Warwickshire women’s teams on Saturday/Sunday, so there’s no shortage of opportunities to put play into action.
Emma Doggett, who had played before coming to Warwick, said: ‘I wanted to make sure I could maintain a work/societies/social life balance. The 4th XI was perfect in that respect as it still allowed me to play a lot of hockey and feel part of the team without taking too much commitment so I could pursue other aspects of university life.’
Twice a week we take over Westwood Astros with professional coaches to work on drills, skills and match play. This year we can reveal a brand new water-based pitch which we are delighted with!
Fitness sessions on Tuesday mornings are also great to get you out of bed and improve your fitness off the pitch.
We’re most often found circling upstairs before Pop with a lot of noise, face paint, wigs and questionable dressing-up. Our social secretaries work hard to organise unforgettable socials with a range of clubs like men’s cricket, hockey and rugby to name a few, so you’ll get to make lots of friends outside of the club.
We have sober fun too – rugby tournaments, volleyball matches, pub quizzes, club meals, Varsity matches, bowling, trampolining and more.
We are proud to announce that last year alone we raised £1062 for our charity CoppaFeel! which works to try and stamp out the late detection of breast cancer. This involved half-marathon runs, raffles, wearing bras at circle, a talent show and lots more activities you won’t want to miss out on.
When we’re not on the pitch…
A UWLHC calendar is a busy calendar to say the least.
Varsity against Coventry University is the highlight, as we remain unbeaten for the 27th year with our most recent result a 4-0 smashing. Then comes Christmas meal, Hockey Ball, Sports Ball, two tours and we conclude with our infamous UWHC charity summer 6s hockey tournament, which last year attracted nearly 200 participants from over 10 different sports clubs.
How to join
All you need to do is follow the guide on the SU website https://www.warwicksu.com/sports/clubs/ladieshockey/, and turn up to get stuck in on Monday and Friday nights.
We have sticks you can borrow and any comfy (and warm) sportswear will do!
The best way to find out if hockey is for you is to come and have a go! Message our facebook with any kind of question and we’ll get back to you super quick, but we can guarantee you won’t want to leave us once you step foot on that astro and you’ve met our army of Magwomen.
Keeping up with UWLHC
The best spot to find out any info about UWLHC is on the website https://www.uwlhc.co.uk which is updated regularly!
Twitter: https://twitter.com/uwlhc / @UWLHC
Instagram: https://instagram.com/uwlhc / @UWLHC
For incoming fresher’s, make sure to find us at Sports Fair on the 3rd October. Our very friendly exec will be on hand to chat to you about Trials and Taster sessions and all things UWLHC.