About OWHC

 

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Currently

 

Our 1st XI currently play Southern Premier B division making it one of the strongest hockey clubs in Croydon and Surrey

 

Our coach Mahmood Bhatti is ex England and ex Great Britain and brings to the club a great deal of experience at the highest level and some unique skills for the top players learn from and emulate on the pitch. We train at Croydon Sports Club (click here) on Wednesday nights 8.30pm - 10pm.

 

We are an ambitious club that prides itself on having top hockey players and playing high quality hockey. However we're also very keen on the social aspect of the club and encourage all teams to get involved when at the clubhouse on a Saturday after a game and then to wherever the night may take us.

 

If you're interested in joining please email Andy Hooper - secretary@owhc.co.uk 

 

Future Vision

 

  - We aim to return to the Southern Premier A division in the immediate future. 

 

 - We will continue to provide a focus for all Whitgift schoolboys and their friends to play hockey. 

 

A Brief History

 

The club was founded in 1981 and so is still in it's infancy but have always been ambitious to succeed in the Southern Premier divisions. 

 

Since 1981 the club has risen from the Surrey Division Two league up to the dizzy heights of sixth in the Southern Premier league. The club achieved notable successes including winning the Surrey/Hampshire league twice and also reaching the final of the Surrey Cup on two separate occasions.

 

It is worth noting that one of the founding members Jon Foley is still playing for the 1st X1 unbelievably. Although Peter Evans, a fellow founder of the club, may set an appearances record that may remain unrivalled for a long time after playing 20 seasons for the 1st XI.

 

The Old Whits, as we are more commonly referred to, play our hockey at Whitgift School in South Croydon. The Club was set up for Old Boys of Whitgift School but very soon became an open club. Whitgift School is an independent day school for boys founded by John Whitgift, Archbishop of Canterbury, in 1596, owned by the Whitgift Foundation, an educational charity. The school provide a number of players to the club and three have played this year for the 1st X1.

On a Saturday afternoon the club fields three sides .