We are Reading University Hockey Club.
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Preseason and Taster Events
Preseason training for current members as well as prospective members runs from 16th-22nd September. For further infomation please contact us via email or the facebook page. Accommodation can be arranged for you.
We will have a stand at the Sport and Dance fair on Thurday 26th September, so be sure to come along and meet us!
We are running the following events on the SportsPark Astro during Fresher's Fortnight:
Men's Hockey Taster Session | Monday 30th September | 13:00-15:00
Come along and have a taster training session with our coaches. Open to all abilities - we can provide hockey sticks.
Men's Hockey Team Trials | Monday 30th September |19:00-22:00
If you're keen to compete in the Men's BUCS league, this is your opportunity to shine! The session will feature drills and games. The objective of this session is to group abilities so you receive the training most suitable to your experience.
Ladies' Hockey Taster Session | Wednesday 2nd October |13:00-15:00
Come along and have a taster training session with our coaches. Open to all abilities - we can provide hockey sticks.?
Ladies' Hockey Team Trials | Wednesday 2nd October | 19:00-15:00
If you're keen to compete in the Ladies' BUCS league, this is your opportunity to shine! The session will feature drills and games. The objective of this session is to group abilities so you receive the training most suitable to your experience.
Club Open Day | Friday 4th October | 14:00-17:00
A welcome to RUHC! Meet your coaches, committee and fellow members. This is the perfect opportunity to meet new people. The event will feature fun, mixed hockey social games with zero assessment. Perfect if you'd like to have a go at hockey!
We are lucky to benefit from having a strong externally based coaching team, including specific goalkeeping coaching.
As a club, we train Monday's and Thursday's with team specific fitness sessions also running.
Chris Gittens: Head of Ladies Hockey
I started coaching in 2009 at Trojans, whilst at University studying a BSc Sports Coaching Science degree. When I finished university in 2011, I returned to Trojans as Director of Coaching and Mens 1st XI player-coach. Two years later I took over the Ladies 1st XI Head Coach role, working with the 1st XI squad for three years in the Investec National League West Conference. I was also responsible for the colts section as a whole and worked with everyone from the U8s through to the U18s. In the summer of 2016, I moved from Trojans to join Surbiton HC as Head of the U16/U18 girls and Ladies 2nd XI Head Coach. Over the past two years I have taken on an expanded role working with all the colts age groups as well as in local schools and universities. I also took on becoming the Ladies 1st XI Assistant Coach and 1st XI Indoor Head Coach, and have been extremely fortunate to be able to work with some very talented top players in some top competitions. The highlight so far has to be the European Club Cup of 2018 and 2019!I
Josh Bretherton: Head of Mens Hockey
We also have a new Men’s Head Coach coming over from the ladies, Josh Bretherton. He was in Victorian U21s - 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, Australian U21s Johor Cup Team - 2014, 2015 , Australian U21s Oceania Cup (GOLD) - 2016 and Victorian Vikings (GOLD) - 2017. Josh is returning for a second stint in England playing for Reading. He hopes to push all the men’s team for promotion and back to where they rightfully should be.
Rob Farrow: Director of Hockey
Rob carries on his second year as director of hockey. He has close links to local schools and Reading Hockey Club also. He has high aspirations for the club as well as the committee, and this is reflected with the new coaches which have been appointed.
Chris Wyver: Head Of Goalkeeping
Chris is a member of the university where he is currently starting his PHD in insects. He has been a member of the GB squad for many years representing the under 21 numerous times. He also had caps
for England indoor. You can frequently see Chris wearing one of his rogue football tops. Chris is looking forward to developing our long list of goalies this year, and given them specific training.
We field four ladies' teams and three men's teams in BUCS leagues, as well as a Saturday league team. We offer training to all abilities in our development squad.
Captain: Hermione Wright
Vice: Sarah Brown
Captain: Kate Smart
Vice: Eleanor Hope
Captain: Kaitlyn Griffin
Vice: Katie Charlton
Captain: Imogen Stephenson
Vice: Connie Longrigg
Captain: Pete Taylor
Captain: Ben Rainbow
Captain: George Marsden
Captain: Dom White
We have a strong welfare team in place within the society, with both trained Male and Female Welfare officers - Katie Crace and Will Hosford - as well as the rest of a committee. As a whole Sports club, we recognise the importance to look out for one another, and it is a key element of our club ethos to provide a welcoming environment to all.
As a club we are lucky enough to have four elected social secretaries from Second Year. Their role is to organise inclusive socials, from meals to fancy dress. We know that they have plenty of exciting events in mind.
RUHC Social Secretaries 2019/2020: Rachel Ekstein-Holden, Kirsty Robinson, Tom Mancais and Tom Woodfield.
As a BUCS club, every Wednesday is the highlight of our week. With BUCS games starting at 12pm, we support all of our teams in their games before meeting at Campus' Park Bar and heading to Wednesday Union to celebrate a day of sport.
Each year, a group from RUHC travel with ILOVETOUR, most recently to Croatia for a fun-filled trip, playing hockey and socialising with other universities. Its a great opportunity to meet new people and make the most of the sun before exams!
The RUHC committee is nominated by its members.
2019/20 RUHC Committee
Alice Doran - Ladies' Hockey President
Alex Walker - Men's Hockey President
Louise Allsop - Ladies' Hockey Vice-President; Ladies' Secretary
James Huggins - Men's Hockey Vice-President
Oscar Howell - Men's Secretary
Orla Sheehan - Ladies' Treasurer
Charlie Meek - Men's Treasurer
Katie Crace - Ladies' Welfare
Will Hosford - Men's Welfare
Astrid Davies - Social Media