Welcome New Members

Newbury & Thatcham Hockey Club was founded over 80 years ago and, with a membership in access of 200 members, is a large club on the edge of West Berkshire. We

What We Offer

We offer comptitive hockey across a a wide range of abilities. So if you're just looking to keep fit and enjoy the social atmosphere, or plan to compete in the higher teams then we will find the right level for you. We actively encourage players to push themselves to move up through the teams when they are ready but don't force it upon anyone. At NTHC we are also proud to offer you complete stat coverage for all matches and players. We have a friendly intra-club points system, which awards points based on the matches you play.

The Costs

Unfortunately Hockey is a relatively expensive sport due to the cost of hiring astro turf pitches, however we're proud to say our fees have not increased in over 10 years. The cost of membership for a season is £160, which is reduced to £140 if paid early. For those in full time education over 16 years old, the membership fee is halved. For juniors (under 16) the fee is £50. Each match you play is then a £10 match fee (havled for full time education or under 16s).

The Future

The club has been steadily growing, especially over the last 5 years, and we're always looking at the potential to add more teams to our line up. We are also in negotiations to build a second pitch at the Henwick site, which would be a massive boost to the club and allow us to have more flexibilty in training times etc.

Contacts

Should you wish to speak to someone about the club, or wish to come to a try out training session, then the best people to contact are below:
  • The Senior "Club Representatives" can be found, here
  • The "Back to Hockey" organiser, contact
  • Juniors and youths, contact

Training & Equipment

There are specific sessions for goalkeepers, especially junior and youths.

Mouthguard – it is strongly recommended by the club that all players wear mouth guards and it is compulsory for all u18 to wear mouth guards. Hockey is a 3 dimensional sport. These are relatively inexpensive and can be purchased from Wild Sports in town. These are usually moulded to players’ denture profiles and, therefore, the club does not hold a stock.

Shin guards – it is now a mandatory in field hockey that shin & ankle guards are used. Again, these are inexpensive and can locally be purchased from Wild Sports. Football shin guards may be suitable in the short term (with ankle protectors), particularly for juniors. But there are design differences.

GoalkeepersFor goalkeepers, the club has approximately 1 kit per team (of various sizes). Please speak with the club representative, who will organise for a kit to be available for your try out training, as these may be already be stored offsite.

Footwear – Don’t worry if you don’t have astroturf shoes. At the start normal running trainers are fine, especially in dry weather. Casual trainers don’t have the necessary ankle supports to be suitable for hockey. Football blades or studded boots are unsuitable for the all-weather hockey pitches and are not permitted under any circumstances.

Sticks – there are plenty of sticks (of varying quality and size) in the kit room that can be borrowed.

Training wear – t-shirt, shorts / skorts and football / hockey socks are absolutely fine. Nothing special is needed. It is recommended that you have a tracksuit and maybe a showerproof sports jacket. Some players wear a hockey glove to protect their (personal preference)

Game Strip – should you decide to join the club and become available for selection, a free home shirt shall be provided as part of your membership fee.

Strip numbering - In order to make it easy for players to switch between sides we operate a simple numerical squad numbering system. Numbers are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Therefore, players may have a different number at NTHC than they had at previous clubs

Training Times

Please click here for training times
Player Points 2014/2015