Sheffield University Bankers Hockey Club
Sheffield University Bankers Hockey Club came from a merger of the University of Sheffield Men/Women's hockey clubs' Saturday teams and the well-established Sheffield Bankers Hockey Club in the year 1999, for the benefit of both teams.
The original 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 AstroTurf in the 1980s, the club moved out to the Concord Sports Centre, before moving to the University of Sheffield facilities at Goodwin Sports Centre. Home games, similarly to the SUHC are now played at Norton Sports Park.
There are 8 Men's teams and 4 Women’s teams.
In the upcoming season, the Men’s Bankers 2XI team will be captained by our ex-club captain Paul Roberts. He captained this team last year, alongside two other SUMHC members captaining the 3XI and 7XI teams which led to the largest number of students playing Saturday Hockey for Bankers since the Club was founded.
Due to many of the older members being SUHC alumni, Bankers really does have a friendly and welcoming atmosphere and I would encourage any SUHC player to give it a go. Whether it's playing for the Men’s 1s in the Northern Hockey League Division One or for the 7s in the Yorkshire Hockey Division 5 South, there is Saturday hockey available to all levels of ability.
Last season we had SUMHC players represent every single Bankers team and it would be great to continue this level of participation from Sheffield University students.
If you are interested in joining please get in contact with Louis Glass (Bankers SUMHC Liason Officer) or Richard Kirtley (Bankers Men's Club Captain) on Facebook.
Many of the SUHC women's club also are part of Bankers with their W1s currently in the North Division 2 West league and their 2s, 3s, and 4s in Yorkshire leagues. Many players find joining Bankers significantly improves their skills and confidence on the pitch as they are playing and training twice a week each with their Uni and Bankers teams. It's also another way to meet more people whether they're outside of uni, in SUHC or SUHC alumni.
Our SUWHC W6s team, in particular, work very closely with Bankers W4s in order to give the 6s weekly games due to them not being in a BUCs league as we want to increase student participation in hockey and make sure everyone gets the opportunity to play competitively if they wish. This upcoming season, SUWHC members Freya Johnson and Ava Horner are captaining the Bankers 4s. If you are interested in joining, please contact Ellen Potter (Bankers SUWHC Liason Officer) or Sarah Fuller (Bankers Women's Club Captain).
For more information you can also visit the Sheffield University Bankers Hockey Club website here.