- 500 days ago
Clapham Common Hockey Club is a social hockey club with no commitments. We play every Saturday on Astro turf, unlike other clubs, ours is free to join.
About 5 months ago a few of us decided we wanted to play hockey, but didn’t see why we needed to fork out £300 to join a club to do so! So we started playing on Clapham Common for free, we then advertised on Gumtree and found lots of other people also fancied coming for a knock about too. Before we knew it we had about 25 members, and a regular turnout of about 8-10 people. We would turn up, play 5/7 a-side in the sun, then go to the pub for a few beers after. We then added socials every other week – curry nights, pub nights out, etc The club then continued to attract people and we needed a new home for the winter months! So we found an astro turf near Clapham North Tube station – which has become our new home!
The club is based around the idea that everyone is welcome – any skill level, be that people that have played for clubs last season – or haven’t played for years, are all welcome! Friendliness, here you will be welcomed, included and made to feel right at home – they’ll be no turning up and feeling awkward, expect to be welcomed immediately, introduced to everyone and included from minute one. No fee’s – look, this is a place you come when you fancy playing – busy this weekend? Then no prob – come when you like!
Now we have astro, the only cost is £3 every time you play – which is pretty damn cheap, and just covers the astro rental cost for us. I think vs the £10 match fee’s etc you get everywhere else – we are pretty awesome value. To add to that, should you be interested it coming to see what we are all about, your first session is free... So what's stopping you?! Finally we pride ourselves on the social side – we have great people, we nearly always have someone who cooks half time snacks, we always go to the pub after games and we like to have a social at least once a fortnight – this is a great place to meet people and make friends.
Currently we play 5-7 a side-matches, however we will be entering a few competitions this autumn, as well as looking to do a spring tour. Eventually we will enter a mixed league. We have players of all abilities – but everyone plays – always. This is a club that doesn’t take itself too seriously!
If you are interested, drop us an email back – please include your actual email address, as gumtree reply addresses don’t work that well in our group emails for some reason.
Our new home is the Ferndale Community Sports Center – between Clapham North and Brixton – we play every Saturday around 1pm. Why not come along and have a play, I’m certain you’ll love it, and the club. All you need is a hockey stick – but if you don’t have one, we can prob find you one for your first game!
If you’re a FB/Twitter person – then feel free to follow/check-out the club, as I put events, times, pictures and updates on regularly. FB: ClaphamCommonHockeyClub Twit:@ClaphamHockey
I hope to see you soon – thanks for your interest!
CCHC – Club Capt