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Reading Hockey Club

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Established
1904 (116 years old)

Sport
Field Hockey

Stadium/Home
Sonning Astro
(500 Capacity)

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Location
Sonning Lane,Reading

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Euro Hockey League

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Reading Hockey Club is a field hockey club based at Sonning Lane in the English town of Reading. It is one of the most successful clubs in the United Kingdom with National League and Cup honours.
The Men's First Team play in the Men's England Hockey League and the Ladies 1st XI team play in the Women's England Hockey League.
RHC runs 11 men’s teams, 7 ladies teams and has a flourishing Next Generation junior section. The ages of players range from 5 to 70+ years old. RHC has over 400 senior and nearly 550 junior members and is based at a top class facility in Sonning Lane, where they have been since 1984. There are 2 pitches at the clubhouse, Sonning Lane Water and Sonning Lane Sand.
In 1997, Reading hosted the European Cup Winners Tournament, and more recently, Reading has hosted International matches, alongside charity matches for the Hockey For Heroes.

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The Heineken Astro was opened in 1989 and was a test surface for the Barcelona Olympics. Although as now, lines were an issue with the new pitch….they were painted in the wrong place, so the D was about 137cm larger than normal, although this was very quickly changed, you could still see the old lines on a rainy day!
Heineken also sponsored the bar and the Club dinner!

In 2001 the Lottery Funding was given for a new pitch, and was the first in the country to have a “surround” – the club had to pay for this themselves and the Lottery Funding deemed this to be unnecessary. The pitch was designed to last 10 years (we have managed to get 13 years of near constant use out of it).

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