'I LOVE THIS CLUB'
The University of Exeter Hockey Club has long been an integral aspect of the University and is one of Exeter’s High-Performance Clubs. The men’s club fields 6 teams in BUCS and 7 in weekend hockey leagues, whilst the women’s club has 6 BUCS teams, a 7s development team, and 3 weekend league teams. EUHC ended the 2018/19 season as the highest BUCS ranked hockey university in the country and have finished as one of the top two since 2011.
This year has been extremely successful on and off the pitch. In the Ladies’ club, each team finished the 18/19 season within the top three of their respective leagues, the 2nd XI also boasted a string of excellent performances to reach the semi-final of their BUCS cup. The Men’s club celebrated the promotion of 4 weekend league teams and 2 teams winning their BUCS leagues. The real highlight of the year was the success of our Men’s 1st team. The 1st XI finished the season as the number 1 university hockey side in the country after winning BUCS Championship Gold, beating the likes of Bath, Loughborough, Nottingham Trent and Durham on their way to lifting the trophy. The end of this year see's Exeter University Hockey Club top of the BUCS hockey rankings with 379 points, making us the best university hockey club in the country.
Our success has attracted high quality coaches and players, this quality is represented throughout the club as a whole and, along with our fantastic facilities, has helped make us one of the most successful clubs on campus.
Our success has not been limited to on-pitch achievements. This year we have had a huge focus on charity work, we have raised over £11,000 for Hockey for Heroes, MIND and the November Foundation through charity hockey days, shaving heads, charity car washes, pub quizzes and lots more.
Furthermore, EUHC consistently has the most sort-after social calendar year after year. Notorious for regularly organising joint men’s and women’s socials, EUHC also brags an assortment of all-day events. Highlights include Christmas dinners, the nationally renowned ‘Edinburgh Fives’ and infamous End of Season Dinners, few sports clubs can compete.
Finally, our Intramural programme enables students to play mixed hockey in an extremely social and enjoyable environment, whilst also being coached by members of our 1st XI teams who have represented England U21s and higher. With matches running every Sunday evening, Intramural is ideal for taking time out from your academic routine. This year we have introduced an intramural festival which has given non-BUCS hockey players the opportunity to play competitive matches against other university sides, something that has not previously been available to them. The event attracted over 100 students from universities across the South-West.
Take a quick look at our varsity 2019 video below and realise that joining this great club will be the greatest decision you ever made.