Hi, I’m Ben and I’m going into my second year of studying geography at York. When I’m not out looking at U-shaped valleys or getting excited by soil samples I’m playing hockey on the hallowed synthetic turf of fortress JLD as a proud member of UoY’s best club, UYHC. Although few and far between, joining the hockey club was one of my very good decisions in freshers’ week; having a fight with a pavement outside Kuda and ending up with a black eye, half an eyebrow and bad concussion was not. On arrival at university I knew the hockey club was always top of the list of societies I wished to join, having played a lot at home, the thing that I didn’t know however was how much I would enjoy the year that was to come.
I was lucky enough to play for the first team last year. The standard at which hockey is played in this team is high and certain levels of commitment and training are expected of players. This is one of the things I love about hockey in the Men’s 1s. Everyone is keen for a laugh at training and a great time off the field on a Wednesday evening, but once we are on the pitch in match situations a good level of hockey is played. As Men’s 1s captain next year I would encourage you, no matter what skill level to sign up to UYHC. There is varying skill level within the club ranging from beginners to quality hockey players.
I highly recommend playing for City of York if you join the hockey club (we have a merger with the local club). It was a highlight for me this year. Playing alongside experienced and skilful hockey players every Saturday was great for improving skills, game speed and general understanding of play.
With the hockey out the way I would like to talk to you about the other half of UYHC. To some the more important side, to others a way of letting off a bit of steam after a fiercely fought BUCS match. The social side of UYHC plays a huge role in bringing the whole club together. Whether it was boogying the night away on the sweaty top floor of Salvos at 3am on a Tuesday morning, travelling back form Newcastle after a romping 2-0 victory or simply enjoying a quiet few pints at the Kings Arms, I can assure you it will be with great company and friends that will last you not only three years of university, but a life time.