Saturday, June 15, 2024

Matchday Diaries: Behind the scenes at Wimbledon Hockey Club

In our first episode in a new series, Matchday Diaries went to Wimbledon HC – where we even ventured into the changing rooms to gain an exclusive insight into the Oxted and Wimbledon team talks.

Our diaries will go behind the scenes at hockey clubs across the UK to give a unique flavour of what makes them thrive and survive.

Hosted by Emily Kilner, The Hockey Paper speaks to club officials, fans, coaches, managers and players – and of course get a flavour of the traditional match teas.

We started our journey at Premier Division side Wimbledon during the first-half of the England Hockey domestic season.

“Our aim is to tell all the untold stories, the secrets and all the work done to keep UK hockey clubs ticking over,” says Emily.

“But not only that, digging deep into what these clubs are doing to grow the sport for future generations.”

We will be highlighting both the challenges and successes at clubs and speak to the key players who make them tick.

Should your club be featured? Email us at

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  1. I thoroughly enjoyed the first edition of Matchday Diaries! Here in the USA, we don’t have the ‘hockey club’ culture like in the UK and Europe so this was a treat to watch. Already looking forward to the next one!

  2. Very enjoyable, hearing how the ‘other half live’. Maybe do a comparison with a one-team club, with no facilities, in the Midlands Div 4 to see how it really is at the grass roots? (eg, Phoenix Blues Ladies Hockey Club: no website even!)


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