Icons Award Winner 2021 - Men's Hockey Club


Congratulations to the University of Plymouth Men's Hockey Club committee, who have been awarded their Icons Award for their efforts through an extremely difficult year.



The UPSU Icons Awards celebrate our Sports Clubs and Societies that have gone above and beyond throughout this year. There are certain criteria each group has to complete to win their award which is then approved by the UPSU Sports and Societies Teams. This year we have seen so many amazing things happen throughout our student community, including the efforts of UPMHC.



Who are the Men's Hockey Club:      


"University of Plymouth Hockey Club (UPHC) was established in 1970, and is one of the largest and most successful clubs at Plymouth University!


We offer a high level of competitive hockey in both BUCS and our regional Men's hockey league, as well as development opportunities and friendly matches. Our Men's 1st and 2nd XI compete twice a week plus training and our 3rd XI play just on a Saturday. All teams are fully affiliated with Devon and England Hockey and we also offer opportunities for members to coach and umpire.


Socials are a big part of our club culture but will unfortunately not be taking place until further notice. We are following all the neccesary advice from both the government and England Hockey to make sure our return to the pitch is as safe as possible, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about joining."


- University of Plymouth Men's Hockey Club



Committee Members behind the Society - 

  • Chair - Jonathan Griffiths & Charles Williams
  • Treasurer - Jamie King &  Oliver Morgan
  • Safety Officer - James Binns & Sean Watson
  • Secretary - Joshua Mathis & Nathan Tall




Men's Hockey Club Successes:



The University of Plymouth Men's Hockey Club has taken this year like no other and turned it into a positive. They have reviewed, completed and signed off all relevant documentation required by the Students’ Union Sports Department, attended all Sports Forums this year as well as holding a successful Annual General Meeting (AGM) in February to vote in their next committee.

They have followed all SU policies and procedures as well as keeping in touch with the relevant Activities Coordinator and ensuring all committee members attended all vital committee training. The committee has registered all trips, tours and events with the Students’ Union and demonstrated effective financial management with their budgets and funding.


UPMHC has had consistent communication with the Students’ Union throughout the year, including emails with Union staff. They have hosted multiple online socials for their members and produced successful social media campaigns including their Meet the Committee campaign on the club Instagram. Despite the challenging circumstances and removal of traditional charity fundraisers, the club has raised over £1,000 for charity this year, including fundraisers like Movember, raising £830 in aid of Prostate Cancer UK (when better to grow your moustache than in lockdown?).



A post shared by UPHC (@plymunihockey)


They also organised an Isle of Man Challenge for MIND, giving members the opportunity to virtually run or walk from Plymouth to the capital of the Isle of Man through Strava in 10 days, raising £250. The club has shown effective communication between themselves and their members via their Facebook groups and encouraging 44.1% of their members to vote in the UPSU Elections, one of the biggest events in the student calendar, as well as hosting a virtual Welcome Q&A session over Zoom during Freshers to welcome their new members.


And finally, the Men's Hockey Club worked to up-skill their members with Coaching Memberships through England Hockey which involved their team captains attending online coaching courses. They have run an environmental campaign within the club to raise awareness centred around Plymouths leading role in climate and ecology awareness, including the declaration of Plymouth Sound as the UK's first National Marine Park. World Wide Fund for Nature?'s online petition was chosen as a suitable medium for its prominent position in the campaign, whilst enabling club members and the substantial quantity of followers on the club social media accounts to be informed on environmental issues.



A post shared by UPHC (@plymunihockey)


As well as donating to the Movember fundraiser it also acted as an awareness campaign for prostate cancer and support for mental health, especially in light of the current pandemic. They have used their social media to signpost members onto useful information regarding men's health as well as working with the Team Plymouth Instagram to help spread awareness. It's amazing to see the work that Men's Hockey Clubs has put into providing the best experience for thei members and we are very proud to award them with this well-deserved Icons Award. 




Congratulations from all of us here at UPSU!

The University of Plymouth Men's Hockey Club has been awarded their Icons for all the amazing work they have done over this year voluntarily and on top of their own studies, this couldn't be more deserved and we can wait to see what you bring to the Students' Union next year! 





Stay tuned and keep an eye on our social media channels over the coming weeks to read a profile of each student group that has achieved Icons this year.

You’ll be able to find out more about what they did to receive this award and how you can get involved in September. 


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