Women's England Hockey League

The Women's England Hockey League is a field hockey league organised by England Hockey that features women's teams from England. [1] From 2011-2020 it was sponsored by Investec and was referred to as the Investec Women's Hockey League.[2]

Women's England Hockey League
CountriesEngland England
AdministratorEngland Hockey
First tournament1989–90
Last tournament2020–21
Number of teams11 (Premier Division)
10 (Division 1 South)
10 (Division 1 North)
30 (Conference teams)
Current championSurbiton
Most successfulSlough
(11 titles)
WebsiteWomen's Hockey League

FormatEdit

Regular seasonEdit

There are 61 teams in the league, the top tier consists of a Premier Division of eleven teams. Below this is tier two, which consists of two ten team Division One regional teams (North and South). The third tier consists of three regional conferences North, West, and East, all consisting of ten teams. The teams play each other home and away during an 18 week season from September to April. The league has a winter break between December and February. At the end of the season there are a series of play-offs that decide which teams are promoted and relegated and which team finish as champions. [1] The winners of the Premier Division regular season automatically qualify to play in the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup. [3]

League Finals WeekendEdit

The top four Premier Division teams from the regular season qualify for the League Finals Weekend. The team that wins this tournament will be overall champions of the Women's England Hockey League and will qualify to play in the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup. If the team finishing top of the Premier Division at the end of the regular season also wins the League Finals Weekend tournament, the tournament runners-up will qualify as England's second team in the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup. [3]

2021–22 teamsEdit

Premier DivisionEdit

Team City/town Home pitch
Beeston Beeston, Nottinghamshire Nottingham Hockey Centre
Buckingham Buckingham Stowe School
Clifton Robinsons Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol Coombe Dingle Sports Centre
East Grinstead East Grinstead, West Sussex East Grinstead Sports Club
Hampstead & Westminster Maida Vale Paddington Recreation Ground
Holcombe Rochester, Kent Holcombe Park
Loughborough Students Loughborough, Leicestershire Loughborough University
Surbiton Long Ditton, Surrey Sugden Road
Swansea Swansea Swansea University's International Sports Village
University of Birmingham Birmingham Bournbrook
Wimbledon 1st XI Wimbledon, London Raynes Park High School
King's College School

Division One SouthEdit

Team City/town Home pitch
Cambridge City Cambridge Wilberforce Road
Canterbury Canterbury Polo Farm
Harleston Magpies Harleston Shotford Heath
Isca & University of Exeter Exeter University of Exeter Sports Park
Reading Reading, Berkshire Sonning Lane
Sevenoaks Sevenoaks, Kent Vine Cricket Ground
Slough Slough, Berkshire Upton Park, Upton Road
Surbiton 2nd XI Long Ditton, Surrey Sugden Road
Trojans Southampton Stoneham Lane
Wimbledon 2nd XI Wimbledon Raynes Park High School
King's College School

Division One NorthEdit

Team City/town Home pitch
Belper Belper Belper Meadows
Ben Rhydding Ben Rhydding Coutances Way
Bowdon Hightown Bowdon, Greater Manchester The Bowdon Club
Brooklands Poynton Sale, Greater Manchester Brooklands Sports Club
Durham University Durham The Graham Sports Centre
Gloucester City Gloucester Plock Court and St Peter's High School
Leicester City Leicester Leicester Grammar School
Olton & West Warwicks Olton West Warwickshire Sports Club
Stourport Stourport-on-Severn Stourport Sports Club
University of Nottingham Nottingham David Ross Sports Village
Nottingham Hockey Centre

HistoryEdit

The Women's National League was introduced for the first time in 1989–90. [4][5] and the inaugural Women's National League title sponsored by Typhoo was won by Slough.[6]

Past WinnersEdit

Premier DivisionEdit

Season Champions Runners Up
1989–90 Slough [4] Leicester
1990–91 Slough [7] Leicester
1991–92 Slough [8] Leicester
1992–93 Ipswich [9] Hightown
1993–94 Leicester [10] Ipswich
1994–95 Slough [11] Hightown
1995–96 Hightown [12] Ipswich
1996–97 Slough [13] Ipswich
1997–98 Slough Clifton
1998–99 Slough Ipswich
1999–2000 Hightown Ipswich
2000–01 Leicester Ipswich
2001–02 Slough Olton & West Warwicks
2002–03 Slough Canterbury
2003–04 Hightown Chelmsford
2004–05 Leicester Ipswich
2005–06 Leicester Canterbury
2006–07 Leicester Slough
2007–08 Slough Bowdon Hightown
2008–09 Bowdon Hightown Olton & West Warwicks
2009–10 Slough Leicester
2010–11 Reading Leicester
2011–12 Leicester Reading
2012–13 Reading Leicester
2013–14 Surbiton Canterbury
2014–15 Surbiton Canterbury
2015–16 Surbiton Canterbury
2016–17 Surbiton [14] Holcombe
2017–18 Surbiton Holcombe
2018–19 Surbiton Holcombe
2019–20 Surbiton [15] East Grinstead
2020–21 Cancelled due to COVID-19

Premiership Tournament/Super CupEdit

Season Champions Runners Up
1998–99 Slough Clifton
1999–2000 Hightown Ipswich
2000–01 Slough Ipswich
2001–02 Olton & West Warwicks Slough
2002–03 Slough Canterbury
2003–04 Hightown Chelmsford
2004–05 Canterbury Leicester
2005–06 Leicester Canterbury

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Investec Women's Hockey League". www.englandhockey.co.uk. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Investec ends sponsorship with England Hockey ahead of Tokyo Olympics". The Hockey Paper. Retrieved 4 February 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Play-Offs". www.englandhockey.co.uk. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Joyce Whitehead. "Slough are the first national champions." Times [London, England] 19 Mar. 1990". The Times Digital Archive.
  5. ^ ""Tea company to sponsor new league." Times [London, England] 26 Apr. 1989". The Times Digital Archive.
  6. ^ "Joyce Whitehead. "Slough to receive trophy." Times [London, England] 16 Mar. 1990". The Times Digital Archive.
  7. ^ "Alix Ramsay. "Slough scoop the pot." Times [London, England] 25 Mar. 1991". The Times Digital Archive.
  8. ^ "Alix Ramsay. "Slough seal trophy." Times [London, England] 2 Mar. 1992". The Times Digital Archive.
  9. ^ ""England team due for early return." Times [London, England] 15 Mar. 1993". The Times Digital Archive.
  10. ^ "Alix Ramsay. "Leicester shut out Ipswich to end long title wait." Times [London, England] 25 Apr. 1994". The Times Digital Archive.
  11. ^ "Sydney Friskin. "Teddington sights on final." Times [London, England] 14 Apr. 1995". The Times Digital Archive.
  12. ^ ""Holland repeat mastery." Times [London, England] 15 Apr. 1996". The Times Digital Archive.
  13. ^ "Alix Ramsay. "Slough lift their fifth title in eight years." Times [London, England] 14 Apr. 1997". The Times Digital Archive.
  14. ^ "L1 Win League Title For Fourth Season In Succession". surbitonhc.com. 23 April 2017. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  15. ^ "M1 & L1 Champions, L2 Promoted". Surbiton Hockey Club.