Like most others, I had played hockey for my local club and my school team so was keen to continue at university. For me, joining UYHC was a way of playing the sport I loved, keeping fit, and meeting a whole new group of people.
Although I was pretty nervous about the trials, meeting older players at the freshers' fair put my mind to rest and I found myself actually enjoying the trials, despite the freezing conditions and pouring rain. The fun, welcoming atmosphere was really noticeable, and it has been something that I have continued to value about the club throughout my first year. This has been said a million times before, but through UYHC you really do gain a sort of dysfunctional family who play such a big and brilliant part in your university experience.
Roses, of course, is one of the most memorable experiences for any UYHC member. Our annihilation of Lancaster this year was pretty unforgettable, however it is the experiences in a UYHC shirt that you have on a regular basis that make joining the club an opportunity not to be missed. Being part of UYHC takes you all over Northern England in BUCS and Yorkshire League matches, sees you playing in rain, snow or sun, feeds you up with some interesting match teas and provides you with so much entertainment whether it’s at training or fitness sessions, matches, or on Wednesday night socials. My first year at university would definitely not be the same without it.
If you like hockey and you like having fun then you’d be pretty silly not to join.