Our History

The Surrey Spartans Hockey Club is a club in the process of writing its history! We may not have a long and established past full of former glories and traditions however we are rapidly becoming a club embedded in the sporting community of Guildford. We don't have to go back too far to say way it all began however as you will see our "history" is quickly growing!

In early 2010 a fanciful proposal to create a brand new club in the Guildford area that was not only easily accessible but also truly focused on participation and the community was tabled. During early discussions with University of Surrey, it became apparent that an opportunity existed to base the new club at the fantastic, newly-built Surrey Sports Park and provide developmental support to the University's Hockey Club as well as access to hockey for the wider community. With a vision tucked in our belts we got to work and, after months of frantic organisation and planning, the Surrey Spartans Hockey Club was formed.

The Surrey Spartans Hockey Club dove straight into the deep end and initially fielded 4 Men’s teams and 1 Ladies team in the Surrey Hockey Leagues for the 2010-11 season. The formation of the club tied in with the opening of the new Surrey Sports Park enabling the club to offer access to world class facilities unrivalled in Surrey. The first season was a great success for the club with the Mens 1st XI securing promotion from Surrey Division 2.

The club's profile was boosted in 2011 as England Hockey selected Surrey Spartans to be one of 2 "Spotlight Clubs" for the Inaugural Harvester National Club Weekend. Our first ever club open day gave us the opportunity to offer over 200 young people the chance to take part in free taster sessions as well as meet GB hockey star Jonty Clarke. The club was also lucky enough to be part of the launch of a new version of the game, Rush Hockey, which has now taken the country by storm. The event also coincided with us hosting the group stage of the Surrey Cup in which the Mens 1s recorded victories over well-regarded opposition. The success, both on and off the pitch, of such a large event only 1 year into the club's existence showed us that our vision was perhaps more tangible than anyone thought possible. This gave the club a superb platform on which to build...and build we did! By the end of the 2011-12 season the club had grown to over 80 members and secured promotions with the Ladies 1st XI, Mens 2nd XI and the Mens 3rd XI!

In 2012 the club was once again heavily involved in community activities including having England Hockey return for the Guildford leg of the Big Dribble, running summer Rush Hockey and Back to Hockey sessions and providing hockey tasters throughout the summer including at the Guildford Olympic Torch Relay Event, StreetClash. The club's achievements were recognised in the Guildford Sports Awards and was a Runner Up for Community Award in just our second year. The club's on pitch development moved on at pace too and a second Ladies team was added to the club for the 2012-13 season whilst also welcoming a raft of new players.

The Surrey Spartans has not rested on its laurels though and has continued to develop links in the community throughout 2012 and 2013 delivering youth coaching sessions through open access events such as Guildford Borough's FISH camps and the Surrey Youth Games. The club's work has not been solely on directly delivering hockey however. The club has also supported the community's volunteers through organising and securing funding for umpire and coach training courses.

2015 was a huge year for the club yet again both on an off the pitch. The club saw a huge growth in the ladies section and both the ladies 1st XI and 2nd XI finishing as league champions and securing promotion. The mens 1st XI narrowly missed out on joining the ladies in the list of promoted sides going down 5-4 on penalties in the playoff final. The mens 3s however did secure promotion showing that the club's development of novice players is going from strength to strength. Away from league action the club hosted its first social tournament and have successfully raised funds to launch junior hockey sessions! The future looks bright for Spartans!

The club has come a long way in the last 5 years and yet we still drive to fulfil our original vision and its three key aims:

  • To create a welcoming and supporting environment for players of all abilities
  • To support the development the University of Surrey Hockey Club, its players and its volunteers
  • To promote hockey and increase participation by making hockey accessible for the whole community

Who knows what the next chapter in our history will be, but if you would like to be a part of it just get in touch through our Contact Page.

Men's 1st XI Fast Facts

  • First Win - 2-1 vs London Edwardians 1s (11/09/2010)
  • First League Win - 3-2 vs Reigate Priory 2s (02/10/2010)
  • First Loss - 1-6 vs Richmond 1s (11/09/2010)
  • First League Loss - 3-4 vs Sunbury and Walton 1s (13/11/2010)
  • Biggest Win - 13-1 vs Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian 2s (10/3/2012)
  • Biggest Loss - 3-11 vs Purley Walcountians 1s (11/01/2014)
  • First Goal - Saul Emery vs Richmond 1s (11/09/2010)
  • First League Goal - Andy "Soda" Jurd vs Reigate Priory 2s (02/10/2010)
  • First Hatrick - Alec "Goose" Creed vs Woking 3s (06/11/2010)
  • Top Goalscorer - Tom "Woody" Wood - 29 (2011/2012)

Ladies 1st XI Fast Facts

  • First Win - 4-3 vs Leatherhead 2s (02/10/2010)
  • First League Win - 4-3 vs Leatherhead 2s (02/10/2010)
  • First Loss - 0-4 vs Surbiton 6s (25/09/2010)
  • First League Loss - 4-5 vs Old Freeman's Ladies 1s (09/10/2010)
  • Biggest Win - 14-0 vs Horley Ladies 1s(12/10/2013)
  • Biggest Loss - 0-7 vs London Wayfarers 5s (13/11/2010)
  • First Goal - Kat Rattle vs Leatherhead 2s (02/10/2010)
  • First League Goal - Kat Rattle vs Leatherhead 2s (02/10/2010)
  • First Hatrick - Eva Markerink vs Sunbury and Walton Hawks 3s (16/10/2010)
  • Top Goalscorer - Becky Davidson - 19 (2013/14)

League History

Mens 1st XI

  • 2010-11 Surrey Div 2 - 2nd Place (promoted)
  • 2011-12 Surrey Div 1 - 2nd Place
  • 2012-13 Surrey Div 1 - 7th Place
  • 2013-14 Surrey Div 1 - 3rd Place
  • 2014-15 Surrey Div 1 - 2nd Place
  • 2015-16 Surrey Div 1 - 5th Place

Ladies 1st XI

  • 2010-11 Surrey Div 7 - 4th Place
  • 2011-12 Surrey Div 7 - 1st Place (promoted)
  • 2012-13 Surrey Div 6 - 4th Place
  • 2013-14 Surrey Div 6 - 1st Place (promoted)
  • 2014-15 Surrey Div 5 - 1st Place (promoted)
  • 2015-16 Surrey Div 4 - 3rd Place (promoted)

Mens 2nd XI

  • 2010-11 Surrey Div 3 - 12th Place (relegated)
  • 2011-12 Surrey Open Prem - 2nd Place (promoted)
  • 2012-13 Surrey Div 3 - 9th Place
  • 2013-14 Surrey Div 3 - 11th Place
  • 2014-15 Surrey Div 3 - 9th Place
  • 2015-16 Surrey Div 3 - 11th Place

Ladies 2nd XI

  • 2012-13 Surrey Div 10a - 9th Place (relegated)
  • 2013-14 Surrey Div 11 - 8th Place
  • 2014-15 Surrey Div 11 - 1st Place (promoted)
  • 2015-16 Surrey Div 10 - 7th Place

Mens 3rd XI

  • 2010-11 Surrey Open Div 3 - 9th Place
  • 2011-12 Surrey Open Div 3 - 1st Place (promoted)
  • 2012-13 Surrey Open Div 2 - 12th Place (relegated)
  • 2013-14 Surrey Open Div 3 - 12th Place (relegated)
  • 2014-15 Surrey Open Div 4 - 3rd Place (promoted)
  • 2015-16 Surrey Open Div 3 - 11th Place (relegated)

Mens 4th XI

  • 2010-11 Surrey Open Div 4 - 10th Place
  • 2011-12 Surrey Open Div 4 - 11th Place (relegated)
  • 2012-13 Surrey Open Div 5 - 8th Place
  • 2013-14 No Team
  • 2014-15 No Team
  • 2015-16 No Team

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