A young, vibrant & successful hockey club on the march…
London Wayfarers Hockey Club was established in 1989 and has grown significantly in recent years becoming the biggest hockey club in the UK in 2018. We started out in Battersea but have become a true South West and Central London club with our membership predominantly living in the the boroughs of Wandsworth, Lambeth, Merton, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster.
Historically our senior membership has been made up of young professionals, joining when they first arrive from university to get their first job in London until they move out of the area – generally due to family commitments. In the last few years, members have remained in London longer and the average age of our senior players is slowly increasing. The majority of our senior members are currently between 24 and 40 years old. This increase in the average age resulted in setting up our first men’s veterans team, the Centurions, in season 2012-13 and a Ladies team being entered in the England Over 35 Masters Cup for the first time in 2018.
We have nine men’s sides, nine ladies sides and one mixed side competing in various leagues. Our Men’s 1s achieved National League status in 2020, our first team to to do in our club’s history. The Ladies 1s joined them in 2021 after two outstanding seasons. All other teams will play in the newly created London Hockey Leagues from September 2021.
Our teams play at the highest possible standard but we are conscious that most of the members play hockey for fun and therefore aim to provide an inclusive environment with a great hockey experience for all our members.
From the start in 2010 London Wayfarers Hockey Club has successfully run a junior section to encourage the development of hockey in young people. Since it’s humble beginnings the junior section has grown rapidly with more than 1000 members between the ages of 4 and 18. The ever expanding offering now includes performance hockey, an extensive summer term programme and a very popular Goalkeeper Academy.
We have two community programmes running at the moment to increase participation and open up hockey to a wider audience. Flyerz Hockey provides hockey sessions for people with pan-disabilities and involves a variety of activities, exercise and most importantly fun. Back to Hockey offers an opportunity to those returning to play after some time away from the sport or looking to try something new.
We are only just getting started having celebrated our 30th anniversary in 2019. A young, vibrant and successful hockey club in the heart of London. Join the Wayfarers family!