Saturday, December 2, 2023

Leeds University hockey women receive Sam Quek backing after club night fall-out


Former Great Britain defender Sam Quek has poured scorn on Leeds University Union staff who suspended a women’s hockey side after a ‘chav’ team night out in January.

The Leeds team were suspended, the captain removed from her position and the team ousted from competing in the Christie Cup, an annual Varsity tournament featuring three other sides from Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester.

The ramifications for the side occurred after a ‘lower class’ dress code for the women’s University team’s club night out at the start of the term.

Quek said on Twitter: “Speaking as a Women’s Hockey Gold Medalist and having gone to University in Leeds; I feel the young women who have been punished should feel very hard done by!

‘Sense of humour required ASAP! #Hockey”.

Leeds University Union said in a statement: “LUU expects all of its clubs and societies to run inclusive and accessible activities, including socials.

“All clubs and societies commit to uphold the LUU Social Guidelines.

“Where we become aware that this is not the case, as in this instance, we will investigate this with the organisers and take disciplinary action against individuals or clubs as appropriate.”

The Leeds team is also banned from attending the Christie Cup in a supporting capacity.

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