Southgate Hockey Club is one of the largest, most successful hockey clubs in the country. In addition, the Club’s facilities in Trent Park are some of the finest to be found anywhere and rival the top European clubs.
Trent Park has been Southgate’s home for almost 25 years, but its history goes back long before that. Founded in 1886, Southgate has been at the top of the hockey pyramid since then. The Club was European Champions in 1976, 1977 and 1978. Numerous England and Great Britain players have worn the black and red of Southgate. Indeed, Great Britain’s Men’s finest hour – winning gold at the 1988 Seoul Olympics – was built on a backbone of Southgate Hockey Club, including team coach, manager, captain and leading goal scorer.
Today this successful, high performance hockey continues with both men’s and ladies first team competing in the National Hockey League and junior players representing county, regional and national age group teams.
However, Southgate is about very much more than top level hockey. Every weekend throughout the season the Club field five ladies’ teams and 11 men’s teams all drawn from a playing pool of players of 300 seniors and more than 200 juniors. These teams play at all levels of the London Hockey League, East League and Middlesex Ladies League – competitive and friendly sport played at a level to suit all abilities and age groups. The Club fields Masters (Over 40’s, Over 50’s and Over 60’s for the men) as well as mixed age teams.
Southgate is, and always has been, an ambitious club looking to grow and broaden its offer of hockey to lots of people. The ethos of the Club is to develop its own talent and has, perhaps, the strongest junior coaching set up in the region. Led by Head Coach, John Shaw – a former GB Olympic player and Southgate stalwart – the juniors have over 300 members training on Sunday mornings and successfully competing in regional and national leagues.
Our aim over the next few seasons is seek further promotions for our teams through the National League structure and to broaden our strength and depth across the Club by attracting new players, adding new teams and developing our junior activities.
Everyone at Southgate is proud of the Club’s facilities, few hockey clubs in the country have their own pitches and clubhouse, most depend on local schools and council pitches. At Southgate hockey is played all year round, including the Summer leagues, and training sessions most of nights of the week during the season. After a match there are few better places to relax and re-live the game than on the balcony of Southgate’s clubhouse whilst watching the next fixture whether it is the Ladies first team, Under 16’s or over 60’s teams. Everyone gets a game at Southgate.