In October 1884, Mr Edward H Nash, through the columns of the Middlesex Times, called for other gentlemen to join him in forming a club in Ealing, for the purpose of ‘playing the excellent game of hockey’. This was the birth of Ealing Hockey Club. In 1985/86, this men’s team was involved in forming the Hockey Association and by the 1888/89 season they had a second XI team. In 1911/1912 the team merged with Mid Surrey renaming themselves the Mid Surrey & Ealing Hockey Club. Sadly following the First World War the club was renamed again and ‘Ealing’ was dropped from its title.
Ealing Ladies were also one of the first women’s hockey teams in the country. Although exact dates of when the team was formed are not clear, we can be certain that a ladies team was thriving in Ealing by 1888 (possibly earlier) and that the ladies joined the All England Womens Hockey Association in 1897. Ealing Ladies Hockey Club would go on to produce many county and national players over the next 100 years.
The current club was setup by Total Hockey in 2013, shortly after the London Olympic Games, under the direction of England Hockey. Our focus is very much on the development of juniors, and being an inclusive club we welcome young people of all ages and ability. Since its revival in 2013 the club has thrived and provides a much needed service in West London. In 2016, some 128 years after our auspicious predecessors, an Ealing Ladies Hockey team was formed and started to compete in a League Competition. We look forward to bringing the fantastic game of hockey to the next generation of young players and to serving our community for many years to come.
Our founders, Total Hockey, have been an Official Coaching Agency of England Hockey and employ the coaches for a number of schools and clubs including Ealing, Richmond and Greenwich. Total Hockey run regular hockey holiday camps at both Ealing and Richmond Hockey Clubs. Total Hockey has a strong Corporate and Social Responsibiliy (CSR) and have donated Ealing HC to the members under the HMRC CASC status providing a light touch charitable status. They remain connected to the success of Ealing Hockey as will be awarded The Club’s inaugural Vice Presidents.