The Old Cranleighan Hockey Club is an established and rapidly growing club based in Thames Ditton, Surrey. Formed in 1928, the OCHC has the luxury of having its own astroturf pitch (which was relaid as part of a £450,000 investment in 2018) situated in front of its clubhouse and grandstand, with plenty of on-site parking. The club is located just off the A3 (Hook junction) and is within easy walking distance of Thames Ditton, Hinchley Wood and Esher train stations.
The OCHC fields nine men’s and six ladies’ teams. The men’s’ 1st XI has had two outstanding seasons in the previous two years. In 2018-2019 they reached the Quarter-Finals on the Tier 1 England Hockey Championships but more importantly winning the South Hockey League Premier Division and securing promotion to National League (Conference West) for the first time in the club’s history. However, they rewrote the Club’s history again in 2019-2020 by winning the league, at the first time of asking, and next season they will be in National League, Men’s Division One South. The 2nd XI also achieved promotion in 2019-2020 to Hampshire/Surrey – Regional 1, while the 3rd XI have been promoted in five successive seasons and now play Surrey Area – Division 1. Our 4th XI play in Surrey Area – Division 3, with our newly promoted 5th XI playing in Surrey Open League – Division 1. To add to our growing men’s section a development team in the form of the OC Warriors has been established and will be play in Surrey Open League – Division 5. This season also sees another veterans team being established (Stormers, Barnstomers and Hamstrings) all of which compete in the Higgins Group London Hockey League.
The Ladies 1st XI have also enjoyed promotion success and for 2020-2021 they will play in Surrey Ladies Premier Division, again another first in the Club’s history. The Ladies 2nd XI team gained two successive promotions and now play in Surrey Ladies Division 3. Our Ladies 3rd XI team now play in Division 9 having also been promoted in 2019-2020; Ladies 4th XI in Division 10 and our 5th XI is in its 2nd year in Division 12. We also have the Ladies Martlets side based around the burgeoning Back2Hockey squad.
The Junior section starts its ninth year in 2020-2021 and is thriving and comprises 500+ members. We limit our numbers to ensure the quality of coaching is not diluted and that everyone has the chance to develop. We have entered a number of local Junior leagues and also firmly encourage our older ‘original’ Junior to play in the adult teams.
The club also enters both regional and national cup competitions for our men’s, ladies and mixed Squads. The mens’ 1st XI are the reigning Surrey Hockey Cup holders, having won it four years in succession, while the Over 40s won the national EHL Veterans Shield in 2017.
In the summer the club runs its own hugely successful Summer League most weekday evenings with many local teams entering the men’s, ladies and mixed competitions.
The ladies and men’s 1st and 2nd XI squads train on a Tuesday and Wednesday respectively, at the club from 7.30pm – 9.30pm. The ladies 3s, 4s and 5s train on a Mondays at the club from 7.30pm – 9.00pm. The men’s 3s, 4s, 5s, OC Warriors and Over 40s / Barnstormers on a Thursday at the club from 7.30pm – 9.30pm with beers in the bar afterwards.
Matches are played most Saturdays throughout the season. The Junior (ages 5 – 18) train midweek and Sunday morning, utilising additional pitches at Manor Road South and Oaken Lane in Hinchley Wood. The club has appointed a Director of Hockey (George Pettitt) to oversee the coaching throughout the club. For those parents with young children there are also childcare facilities on Saturdays to allow members a stress-free game (and a drink afterwards!)
The OCHC is a very sociable and family-orientated club, with many playing members having their children play Junior on a Sunday. The pitch and clubhouse facilities are second to none in the area and there are many social events which are organised across the season culminating in our annual black tie End of Season Awards Dinner.
If you are interested in joining then please email us or just come on down one Saturday and ask to meet our Club Captains (Helen, Cato or Georgie) or our clubhouse manager JJ Griffin. For the Junior section all enquiries should be emailed.