Hockey - Men
Welcome to the University of Sussex Men’s Hockey Club.
The University of Sussex Hockey Club is a flagship of success in competitive BUCS Hockey. With 2 men’s (plus a 3rd social team) teams competing in BUCS South Eastern Leagues this is one of the most rapidly growing clubs with increasing achievements every season. The 1st Team have competed strongly across the BUCS South Eastern League over the course of the last two seasons and go on to compete in League 2A as one of the top University Hockey squads. Between 2014-2017, the first team have won their league twice (with promotion), been voted for best sports achievement and have won varsity multiple times. The 2nd team have finally broken their curse and go onwards to compete in league 4A after stomping league 5A with an impressive 8-goals-per-match average.
Over the years we have seen rapid growth in terms of social players/players who are new to the sport that would like to participate in competitive matches. From the upcoming season, there will be a 3rd team which welcomes any player of any skill. This squad would train as normal with a coach (see times below) and compete with other university teams outside the BUCS. Players should not be discouraged, those who show commitment will be moved up to the 2nd/1st teams where the captains see fit.
As a club we encourage players to participate in Saturday hockey leagues with some of our members playing in the top divisions of English Hockey. We share strong links with Lewes Hockey Club and Brighton Hockey Club who offer bursaries to national and county players as well as discounted student membership price. Players of all abilities are welcome to attend one of their club training sessions or participate in one of their Saturday league teams. The town of Lewes is only one stop away by train from Falmer Station and both many current students as well as former graduates play in five teams throughout their setup.
Our aim for the season 2017-2018 is to help the community flourish by supporting a local charity. This year we are aiding the Clock Tower Sanctuary by organizing fundraising events, running sponsored '5K' runs and several other physical competitions. All the money made will be going directly to the charity to help those who need it most.
After our Wednesday matches both teams meet at our location in town for our weekly club social. There is a wide variety of themed fancy dress nights, mixed socials and drinking games. Wednesday socials are the bread and butter of getting to know your team mates and club members at the same time as having a great night out in Brighton. Other events in the social calendar include; Christmas Dinner, Club Day where the women’s teams take on the men’s teams, Tour to Croatia where we party Sussex style and test our skills against students from across the country, our annual showdown with Brighton University in varsity, Past vs Present which sees the return of our alumni to Falmer Sports for a thrilling match against our current members roster followed by a big night out and finally the End of Season Dinner where awards are presented and the season is celebrated. All of these events are arranged in collaboration with the UoSussex Women’s Hockey Club. and our sponsors Walkabout.
Socials are ideal for those members who might not be interested in the physical aspect of hockey, but are keen to make a few friends in a social atmosphere.
It’s easy to get involved with Hockey at Sussex, no matter what your experience or ability level. We welcome new first years as well as existing undergraduate and postgraduate students inspired to try something new. So come along to one of our taster sessions and like our Facebook page to discover the ways we can help you learn a fun new sport, represent the university at a competitive level, keep fit, make friends for life, and be a part of the best club on campus! Can’t make it to one of our taster sessions? Just come along to any of our training sessions detailed above and we’ll get you started!
For all details regarding trials and taster sessions, please refer to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SussexMensHockey/
Club President: Alex Tang
Club Captain: John Clayton
1st Team Captain: Tom Hunt
2nd Team Captain: Tom O'Doherty
Social Sec's: Charlie Macpherson & Tom Stanley
Welfare Rep: Tom Bentley