Founded in 1896, for much of the club’s history, it was based at the Manor Sports Ground by the A24 going into Worthing. With 5 grass pitches outside the clubhouse, WHC thrived as one of the top clubs in Sussex and the South of England. As astroturf hockey took over, the club base stayed at the Manor with home matches at St.Andrews, Durrington and Angmering Schools. In 2018 WHC merged with Penguin Mens Hockey Club and began its search for a new permanent home with pitch and clubhouse together. Today the club’s HQ is at The Angmering School, and boasts an astroturf for home games and training, and on-site changing and catering and bar facilities. Our member-funded clubhouse was opened in March 2019 provides a stunning pitchside location to comfortably watch games and host social events.
In 2021, Worthing Hockey Club celebrated its 125th anniversary, with the centrepiece Gala Dinner on Saturday 31st July 2021 hosted in The New Grand Marquee at the Angmering School clubhouse.
The new events venue attached the main clubhouse, saw over 110 guests gather for what was our first club get together in nearly two years!
It was a chance to meet up with old friends and mark the 125th birthday of Worthing Hockey Club in true hockey fashion!
We are honoured to have a number of Life Vice Presidents, current Vice Presidents and former players present – as well as current members and their families at the three course dinner and dance.
The keynote speech was delivered by Robin Carr, a former club president and longest serving playing member with over 52 seasons in the bag. Robin was presented with a framed shirt with his club number to mark this historic event.
The grand marquee was decorated in Gold and Blue balloons and 125 year banners – plus we had a new ONE TWO FIVE year beer from Hepworth Brewers!
Visitors were greeted with champagne on arrival and then treated to the dinner which was followed by Player of the Season presentations to all 8 of our Mens and Ladies teams for their achievements during the year.
We even had a ‘WHC through the years’ picture gallery with team photos going back as far as the 1920’s to give a true sense of the heritage of the club.
Once the formalities were completed, the dance floor opened up with the DJ getting the party started as the Worthing Hockey Club family partied into the night – a great time was had by all – here’s to the next 125 Years!