Meet us

Meet below some of our lovely members we have at the club
Hear how they came to join the club and the reasons they stay!
Cleo

First Name: Cleo

Why did you join the Royals?

It was by pure chance, that they needed some extra players for tour and I honestly didn’t know it was an LGBT club until later on the tour. It was the best decision I ever made.

Brief background:

I work in Events and currently the Royals Club President.

Hockey experience:

I have played hockey since I was 11 years, starting at school and then onto club hockey. Hockey has always been a part of my life in some shape or form. Then i joined in summer 2014 and never looked back

What do you love most about the Royals?

The inclusivity, we don’t care where you have come from, what lifestyle you lead, you will be accepted. We truly are a family no matter how far away you live from London

Why should people join?

We are safe space for you to be you. You may not realise that you are a lesbian, gay or bi-sexual or even if you are straight. it doesn’t matter you are welcome here to be who you are. Sometimes we feel we have to pretend to be a particular way because that is all you have known. You don’t need to do that with us, all we ask is you be you and respect that everyone is slightly quirky and weird in their own little way. That is life, embrace it.

Craig

First Name: Craig

Why did you join the Royals?

I joined because I wanted to try a new sports club and my friend was interested. He stopped after about 3 training sessions and I stayed on

Brief background:

Work in advertising (but not the creative part)

Hockey experience:

Used to play at school but then didn't play for over 12 years until joining Royals and now Mens 2's captain.

What do you love most about the Royals?

Seeing people who come to their first training session with the club and feeling slightly overwhelmed with the size and noise of the of the club quickly coming out of their shells and mixing with old and new members on and off the pitch. It shows how great the people are and hopefully anyone and everyone feels welcome. For me, also being able to play Mens and mixed games means that the club keeps a great club spirit with continual mixing of everyone which helps when we go on our domestic and international tours!

Why should people join?

The opportunity to play a great sport with an amazing mix of people keeps every training session and game interesting. The social aspect of the club allows people who wouldn't necessarily meet in a work/private environment to mix and form lasting friendships. It's also a way to keep fit........or at least counteract the drinking/eating that often follows training/match games!

Heidrun

First Name: Heidrun

Why did you join the Royals?

I am very lucky in that my partner Karen is the founding lady of the club. Since she is in my life, so are the Royals, and I only wish I had joined them even sooner on the pitch.

Brief background:

Psychologist, PhD / Senior Lecture

Hockey experience:

Started three years ago with a local club, then joined the Royals last year for some 7-aside. A few sessions in I was won over & no commute is too long for what the Royals are, on top of being a great hockey club.

What do you love most about the Royals?

The atmosphere, the support, and positivity - within the club and towards other teams. It's like a big big family, so many different people but all there for each other and making a difference.

Why should people join?

What makes you stay! If you are reading this, you know you want to, and there is no reason you can't. Just give it a go, you will be welcome.

Tom

First Name: Tom

Why did you join the Royals?

I joined the Royals because I wanted to play hockey in a fun and friendly environment, but I also wanted to be part of something bigger. Something which meant something more to me as an LGBTQ+ individual, and a place where i might be able to support others, and find support myself. London can be a big, scary, lonely space and to be part of a community of LGBTQ+ individuals who share a love of hockey has been a great way to avoid some of the pitfalls of being a busy Londoner.

Brief background:

Doctor/Researcher and Marketing/Communications lead for the Royals

Hockey experience:

I've been playing in goal since I was 12, and have played at a high level both when I was at university and also in the London Leagues. I now play in goal for the Royals Men's 1st XI and am starting to train as a goalkeeping coach. I play outfield rarely, mainly for the entertainment of the other players!

What do I love most about the Royals?

I love the sheer mind boggling diversity of individuals in the club. One day you're playing hockey with a nuclear physicist, the next you're talking over a pint with a professional stone carver. On tour you share a room with a drama teacher and then discover you've had the same fancy dress idea as a student. It's also very special as an LGBTQ+ sports club in that we truly aim to welcome the full range of gender and sexuality... you just have to want to hit balls with sticks.

Why should people join?

People should join because we are a thriving, growing, successful club. We're very active in London, we travel regularly, and we can teach anyone to play hockey. Most of all the more people we can welcome, the stronger our community becomes.

Bee

First Name: Bee

Why did you join the Royals?

I joined the Royals on recommendation of a friend - Susi when we were hosting the Pinkhockey tournament in London

Brief background:

South African Business Analyst

Hockey experience:

Proud london royals member since 2014

What do you love most about the Royals?

This club is not just a hockey club. Hockey is our excuse to be together and we happen to be very handy at it. We stand for so much more than a sport. As a organisation we represent LGBT people on multiple levels, turning no one away and truly standing proud of our name and what we represent. The links to international teams via Pinkhockey means we are able to celebrate what we stand for every year with friends across the world.

Why should people join?

Why should people join? It changed my life. It has influenced me in so many positive ways and I can honestly say that the friends I have made here will be life long. This is bigger than hockey, this is a family.

Dan

First Name: Dan

Why did you join the Royals?

Recently divorced and with my children grown up, I wanted to give myself a fresh challenge and also meet new people in the LGBT community.

Brief background:

Primary school teacher

Hockey experience:

Prior to joining the Royals, my only experience of hockey was in P.E. lessons at school. These were more a mixture of golf and rugby than hockey! I have now been with the Royals for a year and play for the men's development team and still like to turn out for the mixed team where I started learning to play matches.

What do you love most about the Royals?

Without doubt, the people and the camaraderie. Win or lose, the Royals never lose sight of the fact that hockey and being part of a team should be fun and they certainly know how to enjoy themselves! On the social side, there is always something happening. The Royals certainly know how to have a good time!

Why should people join?

The Royals are incredibly inclusive. I was a little anxious when joining because of my age and the fact I had never really played hockey before. I needn't have worried! Everyone was really welcoming and supportive and I have had so much encouragement to help develop my skills. Joining the Royals has given me the opportunity to learn a fantastic sport, become part of a diverse, friendly group and get to know some great people.

Heena

First Name: Heena

Why did you join the Royals?

A persistent friend kept telling me about a friendly social group of people who met on a Sunday and into keep fit. Not a cult and definitely not serious!

Brief background:

I work as a post production runner.

Hockey experience:

Absolute beginner when I joined in October 2012. Been to all the tours between 2013-2017. Social sec 2013-2014.

What do you love most about the Royals?

Proud to be part of the Ladies 1s. Just love Playing hockey with friends old and new.

Why should people join?

There is an atmosphere that is more than just community, the Royals feels like hanging out with goods mates, and taking away what you want from that experience; expanding your social circle, learning a skill or just having a workout with mates.

Steven (aka Meryl)

First Name: Steven (aka Meryl)

Why did you join the Royals?

So I first heard about the Royals through a friend who knew someone in the club. One drunken night I got dragged along to a Royals karaoke social and had a pretty astounding night. My rendition of "Cry Me a River" was heartbreaking for those listening; of course, this was purely because I was forced to sing an rendition by crooner Michael Buble instead of the banger version from Barbra Streisand's first album. After that first night I knew the Royals were something unique and I had to join. Strangely enough I lived with a very talented hockey player for years back in Australia and was always amazed as to why she would play such a terrifying sport. I definitely understand why now.

Brief background:

I moved from Australia a few years ago for a job, dreaming of the cute British men I was going to meet and the tremendous trenchcoats I was going to own. I'm currently a scientist at one of the universities in London, which means I enjoy neither of those things. Instead I enjoy long walks on the "beach" (i.e., pebble-riddled nightmares that have, at best, distant memories of sunshine), stints of depression and the ingrained ability of all Aussies to whine that "this coffeeeeee isn't very goooOOOoooOooOd".

Hockey experience:

So I had never actually picked up a hockey stick before joining the Royals. I attended our Sunday mixed training for an entire year before braving my first hockey match (an approach I definitely don't recommend, just jump into matches!) on one of our amazing international hockey tours (2015 in Stockholm). The following year I volunteered to be the Captain of a team on our 2016 tour in Berlin. After that there was no turning back and somehow I've ended up as the Captain of our Mixed team, while also playing in our Men's 2s team.

What do you love most about the Royals?

I think the thing I love most (and the list of things I love about the Royals is long) is the absolute lack of an attitude in the club. I know many LGBT+ folk struggle with some of the traditional culture that surrounds sport and breaking down that culture is something the Royals excel at. This extends to welcoming people of all hockey abilities into the club. Old, young, new to hockey or a national league member, committed player or someone who likes knocking a ball about on a weekend, there is genuinely a welcoming place for everyone in the Royals.

Why should people join?

So a few weeks ago, we had our annual club day, where the club gets together on a hockey pitch, mucks about and welcomes newbies. In the pub after, I was chatting to two good mates in the club, who mentioned that it had been exactly a year since they had joined the Royals, at the previous club day. I was gobsmacked that I had only known the both of them for a year, as they had become such an integral part of the club. The Royals creeps its way into your life, in a way that makes it difficult to imagine a time before. If that sort of welcoming infectiousness is remotely appealing, then I would recommend coming along to a social or a training day and giving the club a go.

Daniela

First Name: Daniela

Why did you join the Royals?

Being generally busy, I tried to find a way to combine a more queer/non straight and sporty life, so how be more efficient than a gay and lesbian sports team?

Brief background:

Full time working mother of four teenagers (three of which play hockey too)

Hockey experience:

After not having played since being a teenager, I joined a team whose average age was the same number of years I hadn’t played hockey…. I have been coach and manager for my daughters’ teams, and general hockey mum (taxi service, emergency mouth guard supplier, ice and arnica cream carrier…). I now play for the inaugural Royals’ Ladies League Team.

Why should people join?

It is my queer space, a social and sporty place. It is welcoming and friendly, and much more than just sports. Why should people join: Because it is a community, a circle of friends, a sports team, a celebration of queer life, and hockey, all rolled in one. Tough act to follow :)

Ben

First Name: Ben

Why did you join the Royals?

Honest answer...I was nagged by a current member, but having always loved hockey and needing desperately to do something about my fitness (& needing new drinking companions) it was self evident. I had heard many good things from this member, especially in relation to tours!

Brief background:

Work at Coutts where I'm Digital Lending Transformation lead

Hockey experience:

Played a lot of hockey, not necessarily very well, at school (both prep and public) and thoroughly enjoyed it then. Did help I had a great coach.

What do you love most about the Royals

This is easy, it's fun. You can be of any ability (and in some cases this is me in one training session or match) and be supported in your development, be given the ability to play and train regularly as well as be yourself.

Why should people join?

Sport should never turn people off or make people feel unworthy and with the Royals you are valued both on the pitch and in the pub (or the Brewers). Whilst we are an LGBT club we take anyone and make them feel welcome, which is something we all take pride in.

Nat

First Name: Nat

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Ryan

First Name: Ryan

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Peter

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