The 2011-12 England Hockey League season will start on the weekend of September 17/18, 2011 and run until March 24/25, 2012. The last fixtures before the winter break take place on December 3/4 with the league resuming the weekend of February 11/12, 2012. Click here for a full fixture list.
[img_assist|nid=485|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=181|height=55]On the opening weekend, men’s champions Beeston, from Nottingham, host a Surbiton side that finished fourth last season while new boys Southgate and University of Exeter face baptisms of fire as they welcome Euro Hockey League qualifiers East Grinstead and Reading to their home venues. Londonders Hampstead & Westminster host a Cannock side that narrowly avoided relegation last season while Bowdon and Loughborough Students, who finished three points apart, round off the first day.
In the women’s premier , champions Reading begin their defence away at EuroCanterbury. 2010/11 runners-up Leicester travel to Bristol to take on Clifton. Newly promoted Sutton Coldfield host championships semi-finalists Bowdon Hightown in the Midlands club’s first top flight fixture since relegation in 2007.
Olton & West Warwickshire and University of Birmingham look forward to an opening day Midlands derby whilst Cannock – who finished level on points with Olton & West Warwickshire last season – travel to a Slough side that finished fifth last season.