Welcome to BLWHC! With over 60 girls, we are one of the biggest (and self-proclaimed best!) clubs at Barts. We're very friendly and are excited to welcome you to our club! BLWHC has 3 teams that gives everyone the chance to access to hockey at an appropriate level, whether you're a pro, dabbled in hockey at school or have never picked up a stick before, we've got a spot for you! Come along, give it a go and have some fun - we would love to have you in the club.
Our home pitches are in the Olympic Park from London 2012, which our 3 teams enjoy the high standards of each week. The 1st and 2nd team play in two leagues throughout the season: BUCS and LUSL. Our 3rd team also play in LUSL, and have friendlies throughout the year; a perfect start for those getting to grips with the game in a relaxed environment! Last season our 1st Team played in BUCS 1A after getting promoted to the top spot for the first time ever, also winning 'Team of the Year' in 2018!! The 2s had a cracking season in 2019/20, finishing 2nd in their league and the 3s had a brilliant turn out with plenty of league matches and friendlies throughout the year and finished top of their league with no losses, winning 'Team of the Year 2019/20'!! An amazing season for the club!
Off the pitch, we have a fantastic social scene with regular socials, dinners, balls and brunches which allow our members to form solid, lasting friendships plus become engaged with all aspects of the student union. We are a strong presence in the union when the whole club meets on a Wednesday night at Tables to celebrate our successes!
If you have any questions or want to find out more, don't hesitate to get in touch with us via our social media pages, or our contacts at the bottom of this page!
We will be having a taster session at the beginning of the year which are open to everyone, a brilliant opportunity to try out hockey! This is by no means a test of ability, but just a chance for you to have a go and see what BLWHC is all about. Come along wearing your sports gear and stick/shinpads if you have them, but don't worry if not as there will be plenty of equipment to borrow. Note that this session is absolutely free, so give it a go!
If you are an experienced hockey player please feel free to contact either the Club President or 1st Team captain for information regarding preseason training.
BLWHC are fortunate enough to have the Olympic pitches as our home ground, so as well as having all home matches here, we have our weekly training sessions. These sessions are run each week by our 2 fantastic coaches, who tailor each session to improve our skills, fitness and game play.
When: Monday's 5.45pm - 7.30pm
Where: Lee Valley Hockey Centre E20 3AD
What to bring: Sports clothes and sticks/shin pads/gum shields if owned, but you can easily borrow a stick for the start of the season if you don't have one yet!
Commitment levels required: University can be a demanding time and with exams and deadlines, so 100% attendance is by no means compulsory. It is clear to see that the more you put in the more you get out, both your fitness and skills but also with the fantastic social side of the club!
Competitions & Leagues
1st Team - BUCS 1A, LUSL Competitive
2nd Team - BUCS 5B, LUSL Intermediate
3rd Team - LUSL Recreational
Match days: Matches occur most Wednesday afternoons, with some Sunday matches too. Dates and times of matches are released by the captains several weeks in advance of the fixture.
BLWHC also takes part in the Women's Hockey United Hospitals Tournament with both the 1st and 2nd teams competing, an exciting time in the season for us!
At BLWHC we have a solid social calendar, and a strong presence in the Griff where we meet every Wednesday at 7pm for Tables. This is a chance where all 3 teams get to come together and celebrate the week's hockey successes! We also have many socials beyond the Griff, in and around London, sometimes with other BL clubs, and we enjoy many key dates such as Christmas Dinner, End of Season dinner and Alumni Day. We have plenty of non-drinking and drinking socials so all are welcome!
How to get involved!
1. Like our Facebook page to keep up to date with us!
2. Follow our social media accounts! Instagram @blwhc // Facebook 'Barts and the London Women's Hockey Club'
3. Come and see us at the online Fresher's Fayre! 16th September online. We cannot wait to see you and you can chat through any questions you have for us and get to know us a bit better!
4. Keep your eyes peeled for details of our Taster Sessions, details of which will be released and announced on our Facebook page!
5. Pay your subs online, at the BLSA Box Office (Whitechapel) or The Hub (Mile End) to become a BLWHC member!
President - Ciara O'Connell (Whatsapp 07853 834689 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
1st Team Captain - Emma Holland
2nd Team Captain - Lauren Williamson
3rd Team Captain - Lucy Nicholas