After playing hockey for a few years, I was sure that I wanted to try out for the university teams. However, at the same time, I wanted to try out as many new sports as possible and really get a feel for all the different clubs. I had signed up to nearly every sport on offer at the freshers’ fair and was then bombarded with emails from each, trying to convince me to join. I was anxious to make the right decision, but between the other societies and sports I ultimately chose hockey as the one to pursue. At first it can be hard to see whether you have made the right choice, however I knew straight after the first training session that this was the club for me.
What heavily influenced my decision more than anything was the people. It was obvious that the hockey club was like a big family where everyone looks out for each other. After the training sessions, matches, socials and the Roses tournament, you can end up spending a lot of time with these great people and some of the best moments of your university life will happen with them.
In the final term I was given the honour of being one of the four social secretaries for the club. This means that we organise the clubs social events and help the freshers settle in the club as best we can. We’ll be organising events just for the freshers so you can all get to know one another better and we’ll try to make the whole club socials as much fun as possible for new and old members alike.
If you have even the slightest passion for hockey then I would 100% recommend coming to the first few sessions to get a feel for the club. You don’t need to worry about your standard or being a drinking god, everyone is there just to have a good time in any way, shape or form. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to stay fit throughout the year. To be a UYHC member is to be a part of the best sport club the university has to offer- not that I’m biased or anything.