adidas_logo_BWpWelcome to Reading Hockey Club, the country’s premier Hockey Club, sponsored by adidas.

We run 11 men’s teams and 7 ladies’ teams, with both elite squads at the very pinnacle of the domestic game and brimming with international talent. Our thriving Next Generation youth section attracts hundreds of youngsters to participate in our exciting sport, and ensures the future strength of Reading HC.

Whether you are an existing member or new to RHC you’ll find some useful information on the club HERE.

Club Open Day

Reading Hockey Club is holding an Open Weekend at Sonning Lane on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th September 2014.

The Open Weekend is a chance for current and potential new members to come down to the club to help get the new 2014/15 season underway in style.

There will be plenty of things going on during the day, so please come down and support your club – and bring your friends and family along too!

On both days there will be Colts Sessions followed by a Mens Game on the Saturday against Beeston and a Ladies game on the Sunday against Holcombe, so there will be plenty of Internationals on show, hopefully some of them will bring their Silver and Bronze Medals they recently won at the Commonwealth games!!

There will be a chance for photos and signings for all you autograph hunters!!

There will be a lunchtime BBQ and the bar will be open all day.

Outline Timetable for Saturday 6th: Registration from 10.00
Colts Sessions with Mens 1st assisting with the drills!
10:30 – 12:30 U6 / U8 and U10’s
12:30 – 14:30 BBQ / Photo’s and Autographs
14:30 – 16:00 Men’s 1st XI Game v Beeston

Outline Timetable for Sunday 7th: Please register 30 minutes prior to your session
Colts Sessions with Ladies 1st assisting with the drills!
9:00 – 10:30 Boys U12 and U14,
10:30 – 12:00 Boys U16, Girls U12 and U14
12:00 – 13:30 Girls U16 and U18
12:00 – 14:30 BBQ / Photo’s and Autographs
14:00 – 15:30 Boys U18
15:30 – 17:30 Ladies 1st XI Game V Holcombe

Please let your club captains know if you are going to attend all or part of the day, as this will help with the organisation – the more the merrier so why not bring family and friends to join in the fun and help us to get the new season off to a flying start.

Volunteers for BBQ / White Wagon and Car parking are welcome – Please contact your club captain or Liz Spencer for further information.

If you can’t get along don’t worry! Ladies Trials are on the 30th August at the club and General training has started – Men on Thursdays and Ladies on Wednesdays.

We are also launching a new website where you will be able to find more information about teams and events at the club. (More details to follow on this website).

The new website will also be the place where you will be able to renew/update your details and pay your membership !!

Please note that there is also a Cricket event on this weekend, so the site will be busy. Hockey users will need to use the car park and hard standing areas (Do Not block the roundabout). Please park sensibly and carefully, there will be a lot of traffic through the car park.

Cricketers will be parking on their grass outfields.

Men’s Training

Whatever your age… Whatever your ability… Welcome

We would be delighted if you are interested in joining Reading Hockey Club. We aim to provide a social and development environment for hockey players of all ages and abilities. Whether you have never played hockey before, whether you are returning to hockey after a break, or whether you are a junior or senior international looking for a supportive club environment in which to perfect your skills and work towards your representative ambitions we hope to be able to meet your needs.

If you would like to join us please come along to Men’s General Training on Thursday nights from 7pm and introduce yourself. Training has already begun so pick up a stick and get along on a Thursday night.

Performance training is on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 for an invited group. If you would like to train with one of our top four teams, playing in the National League and top divisions of the London League, come along to Thursday training and make yourself known.

Performance Training (Tuesdays):
Mens 1st XI & 2nd XI – Pitch 1 7:30 – 9:30
Mens 2a XI & Refills XI – Cage 7:30 – 8:45
General Training (Thursdays):
Mens 1st XI – Cage 7:30 – 9:00, Pitch 1 9:00 – 9:30
Mens 2nd XI – Pitch 1 8:00 – 9:30
Mens 2a XI & Refills – Pitch 1 7:30 – 9:00
Mens 3rd XI, Rovers, Retros et al – Pitch 1 7:00 – 8:30

Men’s 1st XI Head Coach

Reading Hockey Club are pleased to announce the appointment of Andy Watts as the Men’s 1st XI Head Coach for the coming season.

Andy has been an ever present member of the Reading 1st XI squad since his league debut as a 17 year old in 2002. He has played for winning RHC teams in the Cup, League, Premiership and European Cup during his time at the club.

Andy is Head of Hockey at Magdalen College School and is currently coaching Oxford JRPC as well as running the Reading Hockey Camps.

Andy says “I am enormously proud and excited to have been appointed as 1st XI Head Coach. I have been a member of the club for 16 years now and I am delighted to move into this new role. It is with some sadness that I will step away from playing, but the coaching role is one that requires my undivided attention. The opportunity to coach a side and at a club such as Reading, is one that simply couldn’t be missed. It will certainly present a range of different challenges, which I am fully prepared to embrace. I would like to thank Reading HC for its long term support and look forward to working with the club on generating future success with the 1st XI.

Calling all potential Young Leaders!

Reading Hockey Young Leader courses – the course will lead to the EH Leadership Award.

Details below:

Course 1:
Monday 28th July 4 pm to 9 pm
Tuesday 20th July 9 am to 5.00 pm
Wednesday 30th July 9 am to 5.00 pm

Course 2:
Monday 25th August 4 pm to 9 pm
Tuesday 26th August 9 am to 5.00 pm
Wednesday 27th August 9 am to 5.00 pm

You will need to attend all sessions to complete the Award. There is also an England Hockey on-line learning resource to complete.

Venue: Reading HC, Sonning Lane, Sonning

What: The course will cover all aspects of hockey, including:

• General principles of leadership
• Introduction to In2Hockey and Quicksticks
• Delivering (coaching) hockey
• Umpiring
• Organising a hockey festival
• Managing hockey

The course is fun and interactive. It will include classroom and pitch based activity. Your lead tutors will be Bev Thompson and Philippa Sanders.

How much: The course fee for £75 for RHC Members and £95 for non-RHC Members.

What do I do next? If you would like to sign up please contact Philippa (details on flyer: RHC Leadership Award 2014) by Wednesday 21st July.

We look forward to welcoming you on the course.

Philippa and Bev

Ladies Coach Announcement:

Reading Hockey Club are delighted to announce the appointment of Merijn van Willigen as the Ladies 1s Head Coach.

Merijn joins us following five successful years as Director of Coaching at Havant Hockey Club.
He is an England Hockey centrally contracted coach, and he has also coached Welsh national teams (U18 Boys and U21 Women) as well as a number of regional teams.

Merijn says “I am incredibly excited at the opportunity to work with you all. It will be nice to see some familiar faces from Clifton and Trojans, but mostly I think there is a fantastic opportunity here to work on another very successful period for Reading HC

We welcome Merijn to the club and look forward to working with him and wish him every success in his role.

Reading Real Ale and Jazz festival needs YOU!


Reading Hockey Club has been running the very successful Real Ale & Jazz Festival event every summer for the last 27 years, helping to raise vital funds for the club.

The organising Committee are club members who spend most of the year booking bands, selecting food suppliers, real ales, and wines, securing the necessary licenses, as well as promoting and staffing the event. It is a big ask from a small band of volunteers who are always looking for new people to come and help for a few hours a month.
But now the rest of the club members need to come along and help with staffing the event.


Thursday 17th, Friday 18th Saturday 19th July.


The festival cannot exist or be successful without club members volunteering to help.

Volunteers are needed to help set the site up in the week prior to the event, but we especially need help during the evenings to staff the Festival – working on the bar, collecting glasses, hospitality, selling tickets and programmes, all help is really appreciated, even if just for a few hours.

Anyone can come and help from colts to vets, family and friends – we can find jobs for all ages and abilities!

For those who have never helped out, you can have a lot of fun with your friends whilst working and raising funds for the club.

Please come and help even if it is just for a few hours one night or for the whole week!


Please sign up at!staffing/c19sm or email

John Tovey

Reading Cricket and Hockey Club regret to inform you of the death of John Tovey, a past President of the Club (1977-1983), and an Honorary Life Vice-President, at the age of 91. John also served as a trustee of the Club for a number of years.

John played cricket and hockey at the Club and captained the 1st XI of both sections. He also achieved minor counties (cricket) and county (hockey) honours. John was one of those very influential in both the formation of the combined Reading and Cricket Hockey Club in 1959, and the subsequent move from Church Road to Sonning Lane in 1986.

He was also able to attract the players necessary in raising the overall standard of hockey at Reading and secured the Club’s position in the Premier London League.

John remained passionate about the Club, always interested about how both sections were doing, both on and off the pitch.

The Club offers condolences to John’s family.

The current state of Hockey within the UK

Shane Ryan went to visit a host of clubs, including Reading across the UK to investigate the issues checking on the current health of hockey, to find out how it compares in other countries and where its future lies, both at the top and bottom of the game.

Published on 29 May 2014, this is a documentary about the current state of field hockey within the UK (2013/2014)- a sport where participation rates remain fairly high, men and women compete equally and, collectively, both senior teams are relatively high-achievers at elite level nationally in comparison to most other sports.

However, hockey still lags behind with little investment, lack of media coverage and less hockey being played at school level, with participation rates, despite a post-Olympic boom, falling.

Hockey for Boys

In June and July the club will be running Hockey for Boys, a great introduction to this fast and exciting sport for boys in Years 7, 8 and 9.

£5.00 registration with a free hockey stick and T-shirt for participants who attend all six sessions.