Battersea Wanderers HC is affiliated to England Hockey, the governing body for hockey in England.
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Wanderers Hockey Club was founded in 1979 by a collection of sporting demi-gods somewhere in South West London. Since then, the club has experienced good times and bad, the happy and the sad, seen members come and go, and in some cases, come back again. And along the way, it was decided that the finest hockey is played in raiment of Jacaranda and Buttercup.
Annual subs will be £190 for the coming Season 2016/17 and match fees are £5. Goalkeeper subs vary depending on kit and availability. A reduced rate is also available to students and the unemployed.
Competitive hockey matches take place on Saturdays. Home games are played at Battersea Park, Kennington Park and Streatham and Clapham High School (see Find us for full addresses). For most teams, pre-season training starts in August and competitive matches run from September to early April. Teams do skills and fitness training on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, times and locations vary depending on which team you play for.
For 2016/17 season
Men’s 1s play in Hampshire/Surrey – Regional 1, South League
Men’s 2s play in Surrey Area – Division 1, South League
Men’s 3s play in Surrey Area – Division 1, South League
Men’s 4s play in Surrey Area – Division 2, South League
Men’s 5s play in Surrey Area – Division 3, South League
Men’s 6s play in Surrey Open Hockey League Division 1
Ladies 1s play in South Clubs’ Women’s Hockey League Division 3B
Ladies 2s play in Surrey Ladies’ Hockey League Division 1
Ladies 3s play in Surrey Ladies’ Hockey League Division 1
Ladies 4s play in Surrey Ladies’ Hockey League Division 3
Ladies 5s play in Surrey Ladies’ Hockey League Division 4
Ladies 6s play in Surrey Ladies’ Hockey League Division 6
Ladies 7s play in Surrey Ladies’ Hockey League Division 8
We have three teams (Sinners, Optimists and Real Daqs) that play in the Battersea Park Mixed League every other Sunday during the season.
Why join Wanderers?
Reasons our members give for joining include the amazing club house, crazy fancy dress themed socials, the fiercely competitive fees and the fact that as a Wanderer you feel part of a club, not just a team.
Wanderers also appreciate the 10% discount at Ceelect sports on Lavender Hill, Clapham and at SixPhysio in Parsons Green. We’re a giving lot too though and our charity work brings us closer together – we’ve raised thousands of pounds for our sponsors, Team Bryant, who support young people to ‘never, never, never give up’ their fight against cancer. A beer pong tournament organised by three of our members recently raised over £3,000 for the Anthony Nolan Trust. If you’d like to know more about what people love about being a Wanderer, head over to the Meet us page where you can read interviews with our players, captains and coaches.
We usually have six socials – most of which involve fancy dress – during the season and a sumptuous black tie dinner / dance at the end of the season. See the events calendar on the home page for the upcoming social events.
All members can attend and vote at the club’s annual general meeting (usually in June) where they can also volunteer for a multitude of committee positions. As a not-for-profit organisation, everyone involved in the running of the club is a volunteer – we pay our coaches for their time but we think that’s a worthwhile investment!
We play in jacaranda and buttercup (yellow and purple to non-believers). We have a new kit for the 2016/17 season, shirts are yellow with purple trim and our socks are purple and yellow hoops. We wear dark (black or navy) shorts and skirts / shorts.
During the off-season members can enjoy relaxed, mixed hockey matches for free. Games tend to be between 9 and 10pm on Tuesdays at Battersea Park. Depending on how many people turn up, the format may be 6-a-side on half a pitch or 11 (or more!)-a-side on a whole pitch. You’ll need to bring a dark and white T-shirt.
The Club runs a grass roots fantasy hockey league through Fantastar so you can pick and manage your own Wanderers dream team!