Coming to university I had heard from various family members and friends how important it is to ‘throw yourself into everything’ so to speak, so I knew early on that I was planning on joining a sports society. This lead to the question of which one I would join?
Having played various sports during my school career I eventually decided on joining the hockey club (known as UYHC), which turned out to be one of the best decisions I made during my fresher year at York. Having not played for 2 years I was unsure what to expect not only on the playing side, the level of fitness, skill and technique that everyone I saw seemed to have but also the social side, but these were completely thrown aside immediately as you yourself are thrown into the UHYC way of life.
The social part of the club I found to be a great way to meet a very diverse group of people in one of the largest societies at York, so you are going to find someone you can connect with no matter the year group you are in, fresher, 2nd year or 3rd year, where everyone is inclusive and welcoming and makes sure you have a brilliant time. Whether that be dressing as golfers and caddies and marching around York at a weekly themed Wednesday evening social or team meals out in town before big games, it has always been the part of the week that I most looked forward to, win or lose.
The level of hockey being played within the club throughout the 3 male and female teams also surprised me, with high intensity sessions and close knit teams that emphasised team contribution and identity was a fantastic to be a part of. Weekly BUCHS matches on a Wednesday afternoon, raining January training sessions on a Monday or a 4am charity run as part of our Roses fitness preparation (which was an interesting night) provided some of my best memories of my first year and can’t wait to begin again, and I hope you’re as ready as I am to be a part of UYHC once again come September.