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.
Missing hockey over the festive holiday?
Not sure what you want from Santa on Christmas day?
Why not get yourself booked on Reading Hockey’s Christmas Cracker Camp! Join Camp Director Jon Elliott on a high quality day of hockey coaching for children between 8 and 18 years old. The basic core skills and some more advanced skills will be coached to make sure hockey players keep away the December cobwebs whilst the outdoor season takes a break.
*please note that this camp is subject to suitable weather conditions and player numbers on the camp
Download application form: Junior Camp Application Form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve you place.
Thanks to everyone who has purchased a ticket for the Christmas Dinner on Saturday 7th December 2013. Tickets have now sold out and unfortunately we are unable to accept anyone further as we have reached our maximum capacity.
We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday from 1900 where dinner will be served at 1930 sharp.
Sam, Rob, Random and Chloe
We are looking for donations for this year’s Christmas Hamper Raffle. Donations should be suitable for a Christmas Dinner. We will create extra prizes if get duplication.
Tony Cook and his helpers will be at the club all weekend ready to take your raffle donations. You will usually find Tony near the water based pitch by the changing rooms, if you can’t find him ask about – he’s never far away.
Raffle tickets are also available to purchase this Saturday and Sunday (30th & 1st) the following week at the club dinner. Tickets are £2 each.
The raffle draw will take place on December 21st.
…to all of our Reading Hockey Colts who have progressed to the National Age Group assessment weekend.
Well done all of you, and good luck!
Reading Hockey visit. Sunday 24th November 9am-11:30am (if the weather is bad it will be in the changing rooms). Extra stock has arrived of Club clothing. Great time to pick up gifts for Christmas and avoid postage. Email or call for special requests. email@example.com 01243 538800
Details of the full range of Reading Hockey kit can be found on the GSAM website
Men’s Premier League 1st XI Match Report
Following a heavy schedule of EHL qualification in Lille and overcoming Bath Buccs in the 2nd round of the cup on Tuesday night, the Men’s 1st headed to Surbiton. Surbiton had also secured their place in the next round of EHL, but then lost heavily to Canterbury, making this an unpredictable fixture. Reading had a good deal of possession in the first half, but despite having a lot of the ball didn’t convert their early pressure into goals.
It was a fine counter-attacking move which saw Reading move into a 1-0 lead. Chris Newman carried the ball powerfully over half way and deftly slid the ball on to Andy Watts. Watts then exchanged a one-two with Jonty Clarke before sliding and forcing the ball home. Reading were good value for the lead with Bailey rarely called into action, barring one outstanding stick save low to his right.
A firmly struck short corner from James Tindall saw Surbiton level the scores at 1-1. On review of the video, the ball takes a deflection of not only Spring but Jacko on the post, to wend its way in to the goal. One of the most fortuitous goals Reading are likely to concede all year.
The second half became slightly fractious with a number of cards being issued. Reading indeed played a spell with 9 men when Chris Cargo hurled his handbag at one of the opposition, which unfortunately the umpire saw. However, Reading adjusted well and held off some determined and direct Surbiton pressure.
Late pressure resulted in two penalty corners, which saw Kettle save well from both Tom Carson and Richard Mantell. The bench and crowd also thought Jonty Clarke was going to seal it with a dramatic dive in the last couple of minutes. However, he was unable to quite reach a visionary cross field ball from Jon Codling.
So, the game finished with honours even and the Blues left frustrated at not taking the 3 points. They now have a chance to bounce back against 2nd place East Grinstead, in a game that will be a measure of Reading’s progress this year. Your support at the Lane would be welcome, 2.30pm, Sunday 10th November.
We are fast approaching the festive season so what better way to get us in the cheerful spirit than Reading Hockey Club’s Annual Christmas Dinner on Saturday 7th December!!
Tickets are now on sale for only £30.00 per person! This includes a drinks reception, 3 course meal, wine on the tables, after dinner coffee & mints, traditional games, an awesome DJ and dancing and all of this before chariots are summoned at 1am!
With this being one of our most popular social events, excitement is building fast so please contact your nearest social representative to get your name on the list! Tickets will be sold on a first come first served basis and your place will only be guaranteed once you have paid.
There are only two steps between you and securing your seat:
1. Let your teams social rep / club rep know you would like to attend
2. Pay £30 for your ticket in one of the following ways:
a) Cash (use brown envelopes and put in the letter box to the left of the bar with ‘Christmas Dinner’, your name and team on the front)
b) Cheque addressed to Reading Hockey Club (hand to social reps / into letter box in the bar)
c) Online transfer into RCHC’s Bank Account [sort code: 60-10-35, Account no. 13096478] with the following reference – [XMAS/Name/Team]
Tickets will be issued following receipt of payment
We look forward to seeing you all there!
It was a dark and stormy night, and the merchant ship HMS Refillia had just left port, bound for the London docks. There was business to be made and goods to be bought and sold. However, the Wayfaring ship, HMS Midtablemediocrity, full of the greatest terrors the high seas had ever known, had other plans.
‘RIGHT!’ shouted Beardy the Intimidator ‘THIS ENDS TODAY. FOR TOO LONG, THESE LANDLUBBERS HAVE TAKEN A ROUSING, HEROIC AND SPECTACULAR VICTORY AGAINST US FOR GRANTED. WELL, NO MORE. WE WILL CHALLENGE THEM, ON THEIR TERMS, AND WE SHALL CRUSH THOSE HANDSOME, DEVILISHLY COOL REFILLS ONCE AND FOR ALL!!!!! MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA’
‘B-b-but won’t challenging them on their terms mean that we’ll have to play pr-pr-proper hockey?’ an insignificant underling asked
‘NONSENSE, BOY. WE STILL HOLD THE POWER OVER THE DATE AND LOCATION. AND I KNOW JUST THE PLACE’ laughed Whiner, mercilessly. ‘THEY WON’T KNOW WHAT A SHIT PITCH IS UNTIL THEY’VE PLAYED HERE.’
Oblivious to the vile and devious plans being hatched against them, the crew of the good ship Refillia sailed on.
‘In-200-metres… Turn left. Then, you have reached your destination’ cried the navigator
‘Wait a minute’, swarthy, manly and incredibly sexually attractive rudder man Kempoli said. ‘Thats not taking us to the good pitches at all. We’re heading straight for the sandy beaches’
‘Nonsense. These maps were given to us by the Wayfarers association. There’s no way they could send us there’
‘It’s fine. Chill’
‘But the Wayfarers crew are PIRATES’
‘Then we must tackle them head on like the good and noble seamen that we are. ARE WE NOT GOOD AND NOBLE SEAMEN?!?!?!?’
‘YES!!!!!’ Came the resounding reply from all hands.
‘THEN WE MUST TAKE THEM DOWN LIKE THE DOGS THEY SURELY ARE’
And there was much rejoicing.
The pirate crew heard this rejoicing, and were greatly intimidated by the show of force and team power expressed by the magnificent, superhero-like crew of the HMS Refillia. They held a team meeting, and decided that the best course of action was to do nothing.
‘So… We meet at last, Captain…’
‘Acting Captain Denchimus. Captain Laverson is in America arranging new trade routes’ claimed the bold hero of the day, quietly ignoring the fact that the only trade route being established by the good captain was that between the bar and the swimming pool.
‘Ahh, I see. So you have brought a weakened force out against us today? Not expecting much of a challenge?’
‘Not at all. In fact, we have brought along the best rudderman in the entire world to face you’ retorted the brave captain
‘LET BATTLE COMMENCE!!!’ Screamed Judge Judith, the great umpire of the high seas as the captain of the pirate fleet turned white with fear because he is a lily livered wally.
Both sides fought gallantly in a pitched struggle, with HMS Refillia coming out on top more often than not. The gallant front gunners fired many cannon into the side of the wicked, evil pirate ship, only to be denied by the superb rudderman (but he was not nearly as good as the one aboard HMS Refillia) time after time after time. After nearly 70 minutes of vicious battling, the deadlock finally broke, through a wonderful cannon-tag-team between front gunners Lord Nicolas Bartonsworth and Sir Dannicus along the starboard side. Having blown a hole in the wall of the seemingly impenetrable hull, they set about boarding and wreaking havoc within the lower chambers of the ship. Finally, having recovered all that other merchant ships had lost and fully intending to give it back to them at some point in the future, Sir Dannicus of Reading fired his blunderbuss at the ammunition crate from the edge of the gap in the hull. An ammunition crate that the rudderman was frantically trying to protect and had done so spectacularly thus far in the battle. Alas, this was the final curtain, as the ship exploded into a thousand pieces upon destruction of the ammo crate.
Upon leaving the scene of the battle, having picked up any survivors, the noble and good crew of the HMS Refillia breathed a heavy sigh of relief, and went away with the knowledge that that should probably have been a lot easier.
By the amazing, fantastic, hot, awesome, cool Sam at 1.45 in the morning because he couldn’t sleep.
Also, we can’t thank Judith enough for volunteering to help umpire. The game wouldn’t have been possible without you. So… Thanks again.
We are embarking on a renewed sponsorship drive to secure much needed and longer term funding for the Club. This is required to ensure we continue to have unrivalled playing facilities and can properly support all our playing ambitions.
To kick this off, we are asking members and friends of the club to identify companies we can approach with a range of sponsorship options including 1st XI sponsorship and community engagement programmes. We would also like to sell all of the available advertising space around the water based pitch at Sonning Lane.
Please let your captain, coach or colts administrator know if you can help with this initiative.