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Welcome to Phoenix & Ranelagh Mens section!

We run 3 mens teams and all of them play in the South Hockey League. This League covers a vast amount of the South of England, but is split into several leagues to keep it manageable.

South Hockey League –

1st XI Middsx, Berks, Bucks & Oxon – Division 1
2nd XI Middsx, Berks, Bucks, Oxon – Division 5

MBBO Open League –

3rd XI MBBO Open League – Division 8

We have a growing youth section and attract a number of students from the University of Reading who mostly play in our second and third teams. We welcome new members of all abilities and pitch positions, and you can be sure of a warm and friendly welcome!


The men train on Thursdays at the University of Reading Sports Park, Shinfield Road, Reading, RG6 6AH (If using satnav please use RG6 6UR). The sessions are Thursdays from 7.45pm to 9.30pm from 17th August 2017. There will be a December break and training will start again on the first Thursday after New Year 2018 and continue through to mid-March. The exact finish date will be reviewed depending on remaining fixtures.

What do you need to get started?

The men’s sessions are run by a level 3 coach and you will need to have some water, shinpads, astro trainers and a gumshield. You can borrow a stick to begin with if you need to or Decathlon sell a basic range. If you are a goalkeeper, we do have some spare kits to use but these aren’t normally brought to training so if you have your own please bring it with you, or tell us in advance and we can provide some basic GK kit.

The only other thing we ask you to bring is a ten pound note and your basic contact information! It is for your safety, and the clubs protection. Accidents are very rare but once the £10 is paid you will be covered by the club insurance.

Contact Us

If you are interested in coming to training to see if you like it, you can contact the P&R email account on and someone will get back to you with more info and contact details for the day you want to train.

And if you want to join?

Funny you should ask that. If you decide you like the sport (and the club) and you would like to join, to keep on training and also to be selected for matches, we have a couple of subscription options for adults and full time students over 16. Under 16’s would join on our Junior rates (their page is also on the website).

For new joiners, the annual student subs are £25 and for adults it’s £120. If you are a goalkeeper with your own kit you can join for £60.

Depending on how far through the season we are when you join, we may be able to pro-rata these subs. Match fees are then payable for any games that you might play. These are £7 for students and £10 for adults.


We play our home matches at Reading Uni which has a top quality astro pitch (only a year old) and a brand new pavilion facility.


The club runs lots of social events as a whole, and the men’s side is always keen to include some extra curry nights on the agenda! We are a social bunch and you will find details of social events on our Facebook page, or advertised on the website.

Club Kit

Once you sign up to be a member, you can access our Club shop for playing kit and all your training wear! We proudly play in bright orange (with a hint of navy) and shorts, shirts and socks are all available through the Club (we will have a Kit page on the site soon). We also have tracksuits, jackets, t-shirts, hoodies, and rain jackets in a more subtle navy with orange trim for those that like the full club gear experience!

Go to the Shopping page to look at what is available.