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! Regardless, 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 (October-April): 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! Last season saw the 1st team win and get promoted in their BUCS league (thus winning 'Team of the Year'!!), the 2nd team came 2nd in their BUCS league too, and our new 3rd team was formed - a cracking 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, feel free to get in touch with us via our social media pages, or our contacts at the bottom of this page!
We have 2 taster sessions in September that are open to everyone, and an opportunity to try out hockey! These are 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 both sessions are absolutely free, so give it a go! There will be girls to help you find your way from Whitechapel to the pitches for both sessions, so check Facebook for details!
Monday 23rd September 5.45pm - 7.30pm
Wednesday 25th September 2pm - 3.30pm
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 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.
Last season, BLWHC entered the first ever Women's Hockey United Hospitals Tournament and both the 1st and 2nd teams came away with a silver medal. Hopefully gold will be within reach in the coming years!
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. It all kicks off with the must-do Fresher's Curry on Weds 18th Sept - always a cracking night!
How to get involved!
1. Join our Facebook group 'BL Women's Hockey 2019/20'
2. Come and see us at Fresher's Fayre! On Weds 18th September come down to the Griff and keep an eye out for our banner - beneath it you will find some of our lovely girls with some 10/10 cakes.
3. Join us for our Taster Sessions! On Mon 23rd & Weds 25th September we will be holding our taster sessions where you can come along for a run around and find out what it is all about!
4. Pay your subs online, at the BLSA Box Office (Whitechapel) or The Hub (Mile End) to become a BLWHC member!
5. Follow our social media accounts! Instagram @blwhc // Facebook 'Barts and the London Women's Hockey Club'
President - Esther Mitchell (Whatsapp 07847500463 or email@example.com)
1st Team Captain - Ciara O'Connell
2nd Team Captain - Angharad Price
3rd Team Captain - Kiriana Granger