“"I was in the best team in the club, the 4s, more famously known as ‘the Value’"”
I came to Warwick quite unsure of what to do, I had finally arrived at where I wanted to be and was studying something I genuinely enjoyed, but other than that I was a little lost and a bit overwhelmed. What I was certain of was that I had to do a sport, what I didn’t know was how important it would become. During Fresher’s week, you have societies left, right and centre trying to recruit you. To keep up I had to clear some space in my room for the number of flyers that were thrust into my hands. I held off on committing to anything until I had had a look at the sports fair, where I was herded through the sports centre, alongside my friend and the equally hesitant and nervous crowd of freshers that were there. I was targeted by loads of different sports and ended up saying yes to a lot of scary execs who approached me with a sign-up sheet. After 15 minutes I’d already signed up for rugby trials, boxing tasters, football tasters and at least three other sports I didn’t even know existed. I’m still getting emails from football. Exhausted and frustrated by the various sports I was now apparently a part of, I spotted the men’s hockey stand. I had been an alright goalkeeper back at school so I thought I’d at least see when the taster was, but when I got there I had a great chat with the 2nd team captain and for the first time that day I didn’t feel pressured. It was the easiest decision I’ve made as I added my name to the already long list.
Hockey was the first of the taster sessions I had and I spent almost the entire time with the 1s keeper. Having done the session, I didn’t even bother turning up to the rest of the taster sessions; I knew the hockey club was the perfect fit for me. I was in the best team in the club, the 4s, more famously known as ‘the Value’ and the people I have met and played with has created a bond which will last a lifetime, whether it’s shoeing universities on Wednesday or thrashing the club teams on Saturday, those experiences are very dear to me. What’s so amazing about the club is the inclusivity you feel no matter what team you’re in. People often perceive 1st teams as boring, too stuck up in sports clubs, but this was disproved very quickly within the UWMHC.
On a more important side, Wednesdays will become the best part of your week, partly for the hockey and partly for the indescribable event on Wednesday evening where all the major sports clubs gather in the SU. This is Circling. I know when I initially asked what circling was no old boy could give me an answer, they just said try it. Now I hate to say it as well but honestly, you can’t describe such an experience only that it becomes one of the largest parts of your university life and you will be coming back every single week. There is one thing you must do before coming to Warwick, get a circling ticket, at least one because they sell out insanely quickly. Circling is one of the most essential parts of my life as a ‘Magman’ of the hockey club. Circling then dives into the holy sanctum of sports clubs and Warwick as a whole, POP! Having indulged in all aspects of the hockey club for around 4 weeks, we have some casual drinks and games, and you receive your hockey club tie afterwards is probably one of the highlights of my life and is a memory which will stay with me forever.
With term 1 officially over the Hockey Club just kept giving as DomTour came about. We arrived at Westwood car park and set off on our buses to a ‘mystery’ location. Expectations were high, apparently not high enough as the next 4 days came and went too quickly. In Term 2 now and the club hasn’t slowed down at all, with a talent show, themed circle and a much-needed visit to the Balti. Overall the hockey club has changed my life and I can’t wait to see what comes next, with next year’s appointments coming up for exec roles, who knows what more memories I will make for the next 2 years.
Updated 12:00 - 20 Feb 2018 by Alex Canham