Surbiton is one of the largest hockey clubs in the country, and one of the oldest in the world. The Club currently boasts an impressive 12 men’s and 8 ladies’ teams, all of which play in leagues at weekends throughout the season. Together with our thriving Colts’ section, this means that the club provides hockey to over 1000 players.
Surbiton’s men’s section played its first game on 3rd February 1875 against Teddington and remained unbeaten for its first 3 years. Whilst we haven’t been able to keep up that record entirely, our 12 teams are still successfully playing at a wide variety of levels.
Our first team have played in the England Hockey League Premier Division since 1999, winning the Premiership in 2000, and have featured in Europe on several occasions. 3 of our current team were part of the England squad which won the European Championship at the start of the 2009/10 season and we are hopeful that we’ll have a number of representatives at the 2012 Olympics.
The 1st XI are at the top of a large section, with teams throughout the London, South and Surrey Leagues allowing players of any ambition to enjoy their game at Surbiton. Whilst most of our teams receive professionally-led coaching every week, our veterans teams are excused training but continue to play at a high level. We’ve encouraged a number of our junior players’ Dads to play and they form the majority of our 8th XI. The Surbiton Spares (aka our 9th XI) take to the pitch for the first time in 2012-13.
For more information please contact Mike Gilroy-Scott, Men’s Chair of Selection.
In less than 25 years, Surbiton’s ladies section has gone from one, new team to 8 teams playing throughout the leagues, from the lower Surrey League Division 10 – B, to the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division, the Ladies’ 1s winning promotion to the top flight for the first time in their history, having won the Surrey Ladies League Premier Division as recently as 2004-05.
All our teams feature a combination of young and old as we aim to bring our Colts into Senior hockey and to continue to offer our adult players with the fullest range of playing opportunities. All 8 squads benefit from professionally led training, and we also run ‘(re)learn to play’ programmes, specially for those who have not played for many years and want to come to the game – our 7th XI in particular features a large number of players who have come (back) to the game recently including lots of our junior players’ Mums. Our 8th XI are making their debut in the Surrey League Division 10 -B in 2012-13.
For more information, please contact Ellie Vickery, Ladies’ Chair of Selection.