About Sheffield University Bankers Hockey Club
Sheffield University Bankers Hockey Club is a hockey club based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, who play in the North Hockey League and the Yorkshire leagues. It is associated with the University of Sheffield men's and women's hockey clubs, and many of its players are current students or alumni of the University of Sheffield.
Sheffield University Bankers Hockey Club came from a merger of the University of Sheffield Men/Women's hockey clubs' Saturday teams and the well-established Sheffield Bankers Hockey Club in the year 1999, for the benefit of both teams.
The original Sheffield Bankers club was formed in the 1920s and originally played at Abbeydale Park. Up until just after World War II only bank employees were allowed to play. When hockey moved to astroturf in the 1980s, the club moved out to the Concord Sports Centre, before moving to the University of Sheffield facilities at Goodwin Sports Centre.
With over 100 players, the club currently supports 7 Men's XI and 4 Ladies' XIs playing at a wide range of ability levels. The Men's 1st XI play in the North Hockey Association Men's Premier league, with the 2nd XI in North Hockey Association Men's League 2 (East). The 1st XI's overseas player for the 2011-12 season was Hockey Australia Under-21 captain, Justin Knapp.
The Ladies 1st XI currently play in the North Hockey Association Division 2 league, while the 2nd X1 Play in Yorkshire Division 3 and 3rd XI play in Yorkshire Division 4 (South)..
The Club is one of England Hockey's 4 National Performance Centres (NPCs), providing funding for improved training facilities and selection/support of potential England team players