- Sheffield University Bankers Hockey Club
Sheffield University Bankers Hockey Club is a hockey club based in
Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, who play in the English Hockey Leagueand other leagues. It is associated with the University of Sheffieldmen's and women's hockey clubs, and many of its players are current students or alumniof the University of Sheffield. It is often abbreviated as SUBHC.
Sheffield University Bankers Hockey Club came from a merger of the
University of SheffieldMen/Women's hockey clubs' Saturday teams and the well-established Sheffield Bankers Hockey Club in the year 2000, for reasons of mutual benefit.
The Sheffield Bankers club was formed in the 1920s and originally played at
Abbeydale Park. Up until just after World War II only bank employees were allowed to play. When hockey moved to astroturfin the 1980s, the club moved out to the Concord Sports Centre, before moving to the University of Sheffieldfacilities at Goodwin Sports Centre. [Everitt, R: Sheffield University Banker's Hockey Club Handbook, 2005]
Comprising of over 100 players, the club currently supports 9 Men's XI and 3 Ladies' XIs playing at a wide range of ability levels.The Men's 1st XI have been promoted for three consecutive seasons, from the regional Hockey North league, to the national North division of the Slazenger's English Hockey League, and finally to the EHL's National Division One league for the duration of the 2007/2008 season. Following reorganisation of the national leagues, the 1st XI will play in the National North Division for the 2008/9 season.
The Ladies 1st XI currently play in the
Yorkshire Hockey AssociationDivision 1 league, having recently ended an unbroken run of 67 games across 3 years without a loss [cite web | url=http://www.subhc.org.uk/news.php?item.230.1 | title=Sadly a record breaking run comes to an end: SUBHC News | publisher=Sheffield University Bankers Hockey Club | accessdate=2007-10-17] . This is partly because the female side of the club recently changed leagues to play within the Yorkshire Hockey Associationand despite being very capable were forced by league rules to start at the bottom of the Division structure.
The Men's 2nd XI play in the
North Hockey AssociationLeague's Division 1 and the Men's 3rd XI team play the Premier League of the Yorkshire Hockey Association. The remaining ladies' and men's teams play in the various divisions of the Yorkshire Hockey Association.
The Sheffield University Banker's Hockey Club plays most of its games on the Goodwin Astroturf pitches at the
University of Sheffield, but also plays games at local schools, including Fir Vale School, Tapton School, King Edward VII School (Sheffield)and Hinde House School. It does not have a purpose-built clubhouselike many similar sized sports club, so it uses a local public house'The Place', in Broomhill, for post match meetings and social purposes.
The Club has recently been selected as part of a Sheffield University consortium to be part of one of England Hockey's 4 National Performance Centres (NPCs), providing funding for improved training facilities and selection/support of potential England team players. [cite web | url=http://www.englandhockey.co.uk/news.asp?section=000100010002&id=4239 | title=England Hockey: Sep 07 News | publisher=England Hockey | accessdate=2007-10-17]
* [http://www.subhc.org.uk Official Website]
* [http://www.englandhockey.co.uk/text.asp?section=000100010057 Slazenger England Hockey League]
* [http://www.northhockey.org North Hockey Association]
* [http://www.yorkshireha.org.uk Yorkshire Hockey Association]
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