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Are you a parent looking for information on behalf or your child? Whilst you may find some information on this page of interest, there is more specific information in our Youth Hockey section.

Whatever your age… Whatever your ability… Welcome

We are delighted that 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.

I’m Still Not Sure Hockey/Reading is Right for Me

That’s OK. We know that playing a sport is a commitment in time and money, and we know it is sometimes hard from initial impressions to judge whether a club with have the right feel and opportunities for you. We would invite you to get in touch with our club captains if you have any questions or concerns.

Mens Club Captain

Tim Hamilton: men@readinghockeyclub.org.uk

Ladies Club Captain

Rachel Mann: ladies@readinghockeyclub.org.uk

Or you can use our enquiry form to get in touch to introduce yourself and request more information. You can also come along to one our general training or fitness sessions to have a look around, meet some of the other players and have a go before you need to commit youself to signing up.

Here’s why we think you will….

Why Hockey?

You may have never played hockey before but as the sport’s exposure in the media increases you may have thought it looks like a fun competitive sport to try. You may have tried hockey at school but not pursued playing in a club before. Or you may have terrible memories of hockey from school on a cold muddy pitch that bear little resemblence to the fun fast sport hockey is today.

We think hockey is great because:

  • It is a fast technical game. You can learn the basics quickly, but still be mastering your skills after decades of playing
  • It is fun and sociable team sport
  • Rolling substitutions help make it a tactical game and one where you can rest during the game, and re-enter the fray revived
  • It is played at all ages. You can start at 6 and still be playing, even at international level at 60
  • It is played equally by men and women. In addition to mens and ladies sides there are many social and competitive mixed sides. Hockey is a sport that has a mixed international team
  • It can be played outdoors or indoors

Visit England Hockey for more information on the game.

Why Reading?

  • As a large club we have many teams so can offer you the appropriate level of hockey
  • We have a large and friendly clubhouse
  • Our main pitch is located alongside our clubhouse and is an international standard water based pitch with training D.
  • We have a wide range of ages in a our membership offering a full youth section all the way to veterans hockey
  • Our mixed touring side The Bandits is sociable AND successful and now plays in the Timpson Trophy during the season too
  • We have a range of fun social events including a Players Dinner in November, an Awards Dinner at the end of season and monthly club nights as standard
  • Our main fundraiser the Reading Real Ale and Jazz Festival in July is a fun way to raise money
  • With both our 1XIs in the Slazenger English Hockey League there are regular opportunities to watch hockey at the highest domestic level.
  • We host domestic and european finals and international matches so there is often the opportunity to watch some of the best players in England, Europe and the World play on the pitch where you train
  • With several senior and junior internationals in the club we have a proven track record of developing elite players withour neglecting social players
  • With monthly selection meetings you won’t get stuck in a team and will have every opportunity to progress if you want to to
  • We have great teas!

That Sounds Great – I want to Join Now!

To join Reading Hockey Club you need to complete a membership form and pay an annual membership fee. We accept playing and non-playing (social) members. Membership entitles you to use all the facilities at the club, attend training and playing in matches. Use of the club and training is included in your membership subscription. Each game you play in will incur an additional match fee to cover pitch, travel and hospitality costs.

We hold trials each year for all existing, new and prospective members who want to play competitive and social hockey at regional level or below.  These sessions are intended to enable you to meet and greet people after the summer, enjoy a few friendly games of hockey and also show off your talents to enable the captains to select their initial squads for September.

If you want to play in one of our performance squads then the selection process is slightly different.  These squads are our elite competitive teams who play higher levels of regional hockey and in the English Hockey League.  You will need to get involved in pre-season fitness and training sessions and play pre-season games with these squads. Please see our contact page to find contact details for the Ladies and Mens 1st squads managements if you would like to get involved.

How do I sign Up?

Download our Membership Form

ADULT Membership Form 2013/14

Membership Process and Subscriptions

Membership Process 2013/14

Mens Trials 2014

Pitch up to training any Thursday from 7pm

Ladies Trials 2014

Saturday 30th August from 14:00, if you can’t make trials then please pitch up to training any Wednesday from 6:30pm

How Much Does it Cost?

Full details of subscriptions and the membership process are available above, but in summary

Annual Subscriptions

Paid Before

Paid After

 

15th October

15th October

Full senior

£210

£235

Under 25

£180

£205

Student (Full Time University)

£100

£125

Under 18 (Sat & Sun)

£180

£205

Under 18

£135

£160

Under 12, 10 & 8

£110

£135

Under 6

£70

£95

Social / Non-playing

£25

 

Volunteer

£5

 

 

 

 

Match fees

 

 

 

 

 

Full member

£10.00

 

Student/Colts in adult matches

£6.00

 

Colts U12 – U18 matches / home matches with team teas provided. U12 TVMs excluded

£3.00/£5.00

 

 

What Happens After I Join?

You club captain will get in touch and welcome you to the club. If you have attended trials then you will be included in selection and contacted by your team captain when you have been placed in an initial team pool. If you have e-mailed you form in or come along for training then we will welcome you at a general training session and place you in a team at the next monthly selection meeting.