A MESSAGE FROM THE CAPTAIN
Hello I’m Phoebe or Phebz and I am the 3rd team captain for the next academic year. Like the 1s and 2s we also play BUCS matches on a Wednesday and play in a local Saturday league. We were recently promoted in the Saturday league so out of the two, these are our more challenging matches but we have still had a good number of wins. Our training times are twice a week at the same time as all other teams, most weeks we share the pitch with the 4s and have some combined sessions and occasionally we have a training session and match against the 2s to challenge ourselves and prepare us for upcoming matches against difficult opponents.
The 3s and 2s are very similar as the number of matches, training times, fitness and commitment are the same. The small difference is that the 3s have a different coach and training is less intense and more relaxed it is can be easy to go up or down a team depending on your confidence and where you feel most comfortable.
In our team your year or course is not an obstacle for forging friendships, for a while I was the only fresher in the team, I always felt included, valued and looked after but my numerous older sisters.
As well as all the club socials that take place throughout the term, we have our own team socials which last year included bowling, trampolining, and a trip to Cadbury World! Hopefully these will be repeated this year, with a trip to a set of escape rooms for a good team building activity and joint socials with the 2s and 4s so you can get to know your adjacent team mates. Finally, I have to say that I have never wanted to skip a training session or match and I have loved all the team and club socials that I have attended so my advice to any freshers is to throw yourself headfirst into our hockey club and you’ll have the best university experience possible!