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University of Edinburgh Sport & Exercise to sponsor EUWHC!!
Edinburgh University Women’s Hockey Club (EUWHC) is pleased to announce that University of Edinburgh Sport & Exercise as its new principal sponsor.
The four-year deal will enable the team to play, train and perform to the highest standards as they prepare for the 2016 EuroHockey Championships.
Head Coach, Sam Judge, said, “This sponsorship will help the girls greatly. It allows the XI1s to train at higher intensity in the gym, improving their fitness and performance to a standard that is crucial for Europe. It will be good to further the development for the XI1s which will enable them to play at higher level, home and abroad.”
The contract was signed by Club Captain Madeleine Smith and Director of Sport & Exercise Jim Aitken on Tuesday 24 November at Peffermill Playing Fields. Smith said: “I am delighted that Sport & Exercise have agreed a four-year sponsorship deal with EUWHC. It is crucial for the Club’s long term development that we partner with like-minded and supportive companies and Sport and Exercise embody the play, train, perform mentality that the Club prides itself on.”
Aitken said: “University Sport & Exercise is delighted to become principal sponsor of EUWHC and to build on our existing strong relationship and the support we provide to the coaching and the Team Performance Programme. We already share the same values and ambition, and our enhanced relationship will now open up new, mutually beneficial and ground-breaking opportunities for us both to ‘Play.Train.Perform’ at even higher levels over the next four years.”
EUWHC has an outstanding sporting record, having won the BUCS Trophy for the past three years and competing in both the BUCS Premier North League and Scottish Premier Division I. Our players have also been Scottish Cup Champions in 2014 and Scottish National League 1 Champions in 2015. With this support from Sport & Exercise, we are in an excellent position to build on this success over the next few years. EUWHC is comprised of 9 teams in total and this sponsorship package ensures that all our players will have the resources to compete at the highest level in their various championships and leagues.
Upcoming Matches the we know you want to come and support!
2s Vs Dundee 1s 1s 17:15
1s Vs Birmingham 1s 14:15
3s Vs Stirling 1s 15:30
4s Vs Dundee 2s 14:00
1s Vs Kelburne 1s 14:30
2s Vs Strathclyde 1s 14:30
3s Vs Grove 2s 16:00
5s Vs Eskvale 1s 11:30
6s Vs ESMs 3s 17:30
4s Vs Cala 3s 13:00
7s Vs Kelso 2s 12:15
8s Vs Inveralmond 14:30
9s Vs Linlithgow 2s 12:15
5th October 2015
EUWHC Blood Drive:
EUWHC are asking girls to donate their blood in a blood drive, which will run between the 2nd and 9th of November. It is our aim to get as many girls as possible donating to this worthwhile cause. We are working with Scottish National Blood and will also be giving the opportunity for girls to become bone marrow donors for the charity Anthony Nolan.
Following on from mass enthusiasm from the girls we are expecting a great turn out and we know how greatly appreciated any donation would be. Here is a link to their website for anyone interested in donating their blood too: http://www.scotblood.co.uk/
19th September 2015
Edinburgh vs Cambridge:
Edinburgh are playing host to Cambridge University Hockey Club on Wednesday 23rd September. Come down to Peffermill to witness a great afternoon of high quality hockey.
Pass back is 3:30pm with our Mens 1XI and Womens 2XI in action. To add to the excitement, the bar at Peffermill will be open for business so you can cheer on your boys and gals and have a wee catch up!
As ever we will be heading to Malones, so come along and show some support for the home team!
For more information take a look at our Facebook event: EUHC vs CUHC – Edinburgh vs Cambridge
18th September 2015
Fresher Trials Day:
The day started bright and early for the hopeful freshers, making their way down to Peffermill for the 9am start. The 150 strong crowd was registered in a record shattering 20 minuets and it was straight into some basic drills run by our season’s coaches. The captains watched on excitedly, eager to see what talent was to offer.
The day proved to be a huge success with some really promising freshers being selected to join EUWHC.
The day ended with a great first social in Malones; “Greet and meet the freshers”.
17th September 2015
Club Reunion Day:
What a day for EUWHC to get back to hockey! The seniors from our teams came down to reunite at Peffermill, our favourite stomping ground to get back into the swing of things.
A pre-season training session was followed by some friendly mini-matches. A perfect way to start the season.
16th September 2015
Summary of EUWHC’s Summer:
Edinburgh University Women’s Hockey finished the season on a real high with EUWHC 1s winning the National Champions Trophy; however the excitement didn’t end there for some of our ladies. There were several huge achievements this summer, including Sarah Robertson getting her first cap for GB. The Euro Hockey Championships saw both current Uni players and Alumni players Becky Merchant, Nicki Cochrane (Coco), Louise Campbell (Squidge), Nikki Kidd, Sarah Robertson and Amy Brodie head down to London to compete for Scottish Hockey.
Scotland entered the competition as the only side not the have played an Olympic qualifier prior to it, but they settled in and won some great matches. They held their own against Poland with a 2-0 win, finishing 6th in the competition and successfully retained their A Division Status. There was some superb play throughout the summer and some outstanding achievements with the amazing Becky Merchant reaching her 100th cap for Scotland in the match against Italy where they won 3-1 with Becky scoring. According to her it was “a pretty good day”. Along with all her other achievements, she’s been playing striker instead of her usual defence and was said to have scored the best goal ever by a women playing for Scotland.
Becky merchant: “It was great to be part of a Scotland team with a really strong Uni representation! The support we have all received from the Uni, in particular from Sam judge our coach, Jim Aitken, everyone in the Sports Union and hockey club, has been amazing”
Other than the Euros, the girls have had some other fantastic results, beating Germany 4-3 in Hamburg with Becky Merchant scoring twice and Nikki Kidd scoring once, and also beating Spain 3-1 in Madrid with goals from both Nikki and Becky.
Sarah Robertson is now returning to play for GB but next season will be looking to play BUCS when possible for the University.
The talent doesn’t end there. There’s strong Uni representation in the Under 21s squad, which includes Clare Hill, Susan Graham, Waverley miller, Ali Eadie and Katie Hibbert. The U21s had games against England early in the summer. Ellie Hutcheson was also representing in the Scotland U18 team for the Europeans in Santander.
It would be an understatement to say we were proud of our girls; it’s been a so exciting see them all playing this summer with such success!
Sarah Robertson: “Hopefully the Edinburgh university girls can carry on their performances in to the season with the Uni.”
After what can only be described as an amazing summer of Scottish hockey, EUWHC are anxious to get back down to their home at Peffermill to see what the season has to offer.
The new committee is working hard to ensure that all is ready for the start of the new season. We are excited for the new intake this year, with fresher trials on the 18th at 9am down at Peffermill and the Sport Fair on the 16th and 17th to meet everyone. We have the addition of the 9th team this year, which we hope will help the club grow further and will allow us to have an even higher intake than ever. We are eager to see what this year brings as every year we discover more and more talent!
The club can’t wait for the season to get up and running and have their first Club Day of the year with the Club Reunion on the 17th, getting our girls back down to Peffermill for some pre-season fun. Our first social follows on the 18th, a great way to get back into the swing of things and meet the new freshers.
The season ahead is looking promising already, and with the success of our Scottish ladies, we hope that the club will be inspired to strive for even more wins this year!
2014-2015 Historic News:
EUWHC picks up prizes at Scottish Hockey Awards!
Well done to Sam Judge, our 1st XI player coach, who won Coach of the Year 2014 – Women’s Team, and to Sarah Robertson who won Women’s Young Player of the Year 2014!
See the full write up at http://www.scottish-hockey.org.uk/2014/december-2014/scottish-hockey-2014-award-winners-.aspx
Sam Judge: Sarah Robertson:
EUWHC gets the double – Scottish Cup & Scottish Plate Champions!
Edinburgh Brings it Home!
It’s of NO surprise to us to announce that EUWHC’s 1s WON THE SCOTTISH CUP FINAL 4-1 v Clydesdale Western.
The 2s WON THE SCOTTISH PLATE FINAL 3-0 vs Granite City Ladies.
We are so proud of the girls despite all having exams – their fitness and coaching sessions has certainly paid off! Full match report coverage can be found at: http://www.scottish-hockey.org.uk/2014/may-2014/scottish-cup-plate-finals-round-up.aspx. It appears winners really DO wear white!