Wow! What a year! To start off, I’d just like to say an ENORMOUS thank you to everybody; thank you for taking part, for donating and for getting your friends and family involved, either by donating or by sharing what we’re up to as a club and spreading awareness.
We kickstarted my tenure as Charities and Welfare with the fun-filled 2019 term three (RIP term three 2020), which included the charity hockey tournament, Summer Sixes, and a charity raffle at our first ever Awards Evening. Summer Sixes is a huge, day-long tournament organised by Ladies’ and Men’s Hockey which gets many different clubs and societies involved to raise money for their clubs’ charities. It had us dressing up as avatars, animals and even emojis, and we placed as runners up for the plate, which was not too shabby at all!
Awards Evening was an evening created by our presidents of 18/19 and 19/20, Mezza and Rads respectively, with the objective of celebrating the year and the achievements of both the club and individual members. Also included in the night was a charity raffle, where money was raised for Coventry Haven through raffle ticket sales for prizes such as free coffee and cake at a Leamington café, Lush gift boxes and circle privileges. A great moment was when Rai won a raffle prize and decided to choose the ‘donate a Purple Angel’ circle privilege, even though he was already a social sec by this point, the silly goose.
Summer came and went, but not without a Summer Challenge. Fourteen of us put on our walking boots and took on Scafell Pike, aka the tallest mountain in England (it definitely sounds more impressive when you say it like that).
We set off in glorious sunshine, the weather was truly quite wonderful, and we got back to our cars just before the sun had fully set. Why did it take us so long to complete the trek? I can’t quite remember, but it may or may not have had something to do with the trip leader deciding to take everybody on a longer return route and almost getting the group lost (the faith the team put into a trip leader who had only a week before learned how to use a compass was quite remarkable). But who knows? We can’t be sure…
We finally got back to the hostel, and we had a Maccies feast before a well-deserved sleep. We raised a phenomenal £1,207 for Coventry Haven, which made me so proud of the Summer Challenge team and all the hard work and effort they put in. I hope you all remember the trip as fondly as I do.
Term one oversaw a soup kitchen takeover, as Mixed Hockey worked with Helping Hands Community Project (HHCP) in Leamington to feed the homeless and precariously housed in the local area. It was great to work with HHCP and to better understand the issue surrounding homelessness.
Term one also oversaw a Mario Kart tournament on the Big Screen on the Piazza, an idea created by our charities and welfare sec of 18/19, as well as several charity karaoke (or ‘charaoke’ as Nick would say) events, including a Christmas edition. I’m certain everybody who came managed to publicly embarrass themselves one way or another, but that would be the nature of karaoke, so you could say it was a great success! The Mario Kart was incredibly fun and brought out the competitive side of some of our members. It was very interesting to learn of Rads’ devotion to Bowser, at the very least. Big shout out to the random guy that came along, played for a couple hours and beat everybody in pretty much every match he partook in. Solid effort.
We finished off the year with some bucket-shaking for HHCP after a pantomime in Leamington and a Christmas present collection for Coventry Haven, so we were clearly feeling the Christmas spirit. The presents we collected were things such as Play-Doh, colouring pencils, children’s clothes and various sweet treats. They were donated to Coventry Haven to be given to families who would otherwise be unable to provide presents to their children, so thank you all for your generosity, you made a lot of families’ Christmas.
We then kickstarted 2020 with our January Challenge, which raised a super £235 for Coventry and Warwickshire Mind. We has members partaking in Veganuary and Dry January, as well as pledging to run 15k, eat only British produce, and give up lie-ins, snacking and Vialli’s nuggets (the final one was to actually eat a vegetarian diet throughout January, but the nuggets was what Eve was most sad to give up in order to achieve this). The dedication of everybody who partook was brilliant, I’m so proud of you all! Thank you to the rest of the club for your support and donations, they definitely helped to keep us motivated.
Term two oversaw Games Night (aka a night of Kahoot! and Bingo); Charities Week; the annual Charity Club Quiz; a 5k run as part of LGBT+ Awareness Month; and a warehouse takeover. Charities Week was a great opportunity to collaborate with our good pals Mixed Netball and Tennis, as well as trying out their sports, giving Dutty and Saxxy the opportunity to show off their multi-faceted sporting ability.
To end the term, we teamed up with HHCP once more, helping them in their warehouse. Brownie became a modern-day Cinderella for his cleaning duties, Dutty taught Alison about the wonders of mod 12, and we learned that Sarbs is a sore loser when it comes to the plastic bag folding Olympics.
Then, it has to be mentioned, Covid-19 came a-calling, and we’ve been staying safely inside. To try and raise morale during these difficult times, we hosted a quarantine quiz (or a ‘quizantine’) to raise money for NHS Charities Together. We raised £54 from the quiz, which was fantastic, and a great way to raise money to support our healthcare heroes in these incredibly demanding and extraordinary times.
All this, and I haven’t even mentioned the pub quizzes, charity shoot-outs and the Warwick does Strictly Come Dancing, all things Mixed Hockey got involved with to support the fundraising initiatives of other clubs and societies. Overall, we’ve raised £2,027.75 for our charity, Coventry Haven, and £730.50 for various other charities, including Mind, HHCP and Stonewall UK. We’ve also run training sessions aimed to raise awareness surrounding the LGBT+ community, the This Girl Can movement, and we’ve taken part in the Show Racism the Red Card campaign.
I have loved my year as the charities and welfare sec so much, and I have all of you to thank for your enthusiasm and involvement to make it so enjoyable. I hope you all stay safe and well during these extraordinary times, and I look forward to seeing you all again as soon as we can.
Hasta luego, con cariño,
After two attempts (as the first match was called off due to bad weather and a frozen pitch), we unfortunately lost to Coventry University, 2-1. We played well, they played well, but in the end it wasn't the year for us. Hey ho, we go again next year!
A huge thank you to all our supporters who braved the cold weather, you made it all the more enjoyable to play!
For the full team list and match report(s), head over to the Varsity 2020 section on the website here.
**DISCLAIMER** This report was written by me and me in it's entirety. However if you have any questions/queries please direct them at Nick Metcalfe #PlagiarismWho?
You've been warned.
UWMXDHC LADIES VS UWLHC 4S
I’m going to level with you, this match was over a week ago and I am realllllly rather hazy on the details. As a result, I’m gonna write this like a live match commentary aka in reverse with important highlights. Let’s go for a whirl! (The order may be entirely wrong lol).
Final result 4-1. Thanks for tuning in to this live commentary. See you again soon.
POTM: Cami. Put IN a shiftttttt in defence. The Pagen of our times (niche reference). I hadn’t seen someone reject so many advances since Billy week 10 term 2 pop last year at around 12:07 am.
DOTD: Rads for, and I quote, “banter”.
SHOUT OUT: WELL DONE EVERYONE WHO PLAYED THEIR FIRST GAME! YOU SMASHED IT AND I HOPE YOU ENJOYED IT!!! HOPEFULLY SEE YOU ALL ON THE PITCH AGAIN SOOOOON. I’m looking at you Shavon, Elyse, Avneet, Tabitha, Brooke, Laura, Elizabeth and Freya. Way to go guys!!! :)))
FULL-TIME: The whistle goes. We won!!!!!!! Smashed it team, woo go us! Final score 4-1.
Goal! 4-1!! Picture this: the ball is passed into Bernie who’s got her back to keeper around 2/3m out from the goal. She controls it well, holds it up before taking it round the keeper (mugging them off lol) and slotting it in the empty goal.
Goal!! 3-1, don’t ask me how, not a clue, all I know was bernie scored it. Go team. I bet it was sick. Some real team build up play probably. Some mad skills I reckon too.
2-1: ELLA HAS BEEN MOVED TO CB! REPEAT! ELLA IS AT CB!!! THIS IS NOT A DRILL! She was pretty decent too tbf. *In a James Acaster voice* fair play….fair play.
GOALLLLL!!! Lily banged that bad boy bottom corner. Keeper had no chance! We lead 2-1 woooo!
1-1: We’ve won a short! Not sure what it was given for, got a bit distracted by the tunes still banging (god Nick and Charlie are unrivalled). We’ve got Lily lining up to bin this ball bottom corner. Fingers crossed. So El has just informed me that she won the short by drawing a foot (go pal!). Don’t really wanna rewrite the above bit tho cos it drops some truth about the DJing.
1-1: People be playing hockey. Our newbies are playing really well, doing yourselves proud.
GOOALLLL! 1-1. But it’s a sad one. It was them. We’re sad. Very sad. Oh well. Probs was a jammy goal. OH WAIT I JUST REMEMBERED IT WAS A BIT JAMMY. So really it doesn’t count. Good clean sheet guys.
1-0: Game restarts. Few position changes but how am I meant to know who and where over a week later smh. If only I had the smallest shred of organisational skills and could write this on time (RIP MY APPS).
Half-time. The ladies of the Warwick Mixed Hockey variety head into the changing rooms (or, more accurately, the rubbish dug out followed by the goal). It’s 1-0 to us. Billy is giving them some useful advice and tactics.
GOALLLLLL!!!! We scorreeddddd!!! Lily did nice lil run, got edge of D and binned it bottom corner. We just love to see it! Very nice finish indeeeed! 1-0 to us.
0-0: Not much to report. Balls getting stuck in midfield a lot. Both defences looking good. Some promising attacks from El, Ella, Brooke (shout out given its your first game!!) and Lily but falling at the final hurdle.
0-0: Both teams have had some good attacks but my god Cami is a BEASTTTTTTTT solid a rock at the back. Cleaning up as thoroughly as Brendan’s mum used to with his crusty socks back in the day (lol back in what day its now lol).
0-0: It’s a pretty cagey start, people are still finding they’re feet.
0-0: Okay they’re now ready to go! And now weeeee’re off! LETS GOOOOOOOO!!
Push-back!!! The tunes are blaring (shout out to Charlie and Nick for DJing like complete professionals [@Disco dave they’re coming for you]) and the team is……not ready to go they’re still chit chatting and the umpires and trying to hurry them up.
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