CARDIFF ATHLETIC & U.W.I.C. ATHLETIC HOCKEY CLUB

History

Roath Hockey Club formed in November, 1896 and was one of the first clubs in Cardiff. The Club rapidly established itself as a force in South Wales hockey and by 1898-99 had formed a 2nd XI. During this interwar period there was the great development and flourishing of hockey. A parallel development came in 1920 when a Ladies Hockey Club, Cardiff United, was formed. This section of the club became part of the Cardiff Athletic Club, and played from then until 1939 under the name of Cardiff Athletic Ladies HC. After becoming a section of the Athletic Club they were very successful, and several players were capped for Wales. In May 1945 the Management Committee of Cardiff Athletic decided as part of its post-war reconstruction plans to form a Hockey Section by inviting the Kingsholm and Roath Clubs to become a part of C.A.C.  The invitation was accepted by both clubs and since then Cardiff has become the most successful club in Welsh Hockey. Our home pitch is based at Sophia Gardens although we now have training facilities at the U.W.I.C. We currently do not have a Clubhouse of our own and so rely on the local public house to entertain our opposition.

HONOURS

From the start of competitive hockey in 1964-65 the Club has won the Welsh Cup 9 times, the Wares Ibrahim (South Wales) Cup 6 times, the Welsh Shield once, and the Premier Division of the South Wales League 7 times. They have also won the Welsh Indoor Cup 14 times (including 5 in a row). The 2nd XI have won the Welsh 2nd XI Cup 7 times, League Division 1 once, and Division 2 4 times, while the remaining teams have all won their respective divisions or at least gained promotion. At times we have run a Veterans side. There has also been League and Cup success for the U-14, 15 and 16 teams. After a tentative start the Ladies soon progressed and after gaining promotion in successive seasons are now in the National (i.e. Senior) League, have already won the Welsh Cup once, and have taken part in two European Championship campaigns, one of which the Club hosted at the Welsh Institute of Sport. Again there is an impressive list of GB, Welsh International and Junior caps for the Ladies and they have also been a decided asset to the social side of the club

In addition to league matches, there are a full series of junior and senior Club tournaments in the summer, culminating in our very well attended Finals Day in September where the trophies are presented to the winners.