Before coming to university I wasn’t even sure I wanted to play university sport. Having played hockey all through my teenage years I was in half a mind to try something else. When I first started at York I did try a couple of other societies, but once again it was the hockey club that won me over. For me, UYHC provided the perfect solution to my 2 main worries about coming to university. Let me explain how…
Worry 1: “I don’t really know anyone at York and won’t make any new friends.”
Coming to university can seem pretty daunting. No-one really knows anyone when they start, apart from some distant acquaintance like your cousin’s mate, you know, that one your auntie told you about over an awkward Boxing Day Lunch? Anyway, through joining the hockey club you’ll find like-minded, friendly people who share your passion for the sport. And even if you haven’t played hockey before, we’re always keen to welcome new freshers on board the UYHC bandwagon. I can honestly say that joining UYHC gave me the opportunity to make some of the best friends I’ve made during my time at university so far.
Worry 2: “I’m going to get so unfit at university living off Super Noodles and alcohol”
Simple answer: Hockey is exercise which will keep you fit. Fitness sessions run alongside our usual training sessions but are intensified during pre-season and in the run up to Roses. If you haven’t heard already, Roses is the largest university varsity competition in Europe and sees York and Lancaster battling out over a weekend early in the summer term. The overwhelming feeling of pride for your university and club combined with the excitement of playing in front of such a big crowd is only comparable with the Olympics. In my opinion.
Ultimately, joining UYHC means you can stay fit and healthy and meet some pretty cool people. Not only that, but the mix between sport and a social life combined is possibly the best thing about the club. A match each Wednesday followed by a weekly themed pub crawl where you’ll be singing Paul Simon’s ‘Call Me Al’ at the top of your lungs is something that will soon become an integral part of your university life.
UYHC really is the club to join, regardless of your level of hockey experience. We have training programmes for total beginners yet we are equally able to cater for those who live and breathe hockey, much like our first team mid-fielder, Kieran. Trust me, he really loves hockey. And after joining UYHC, you will too.