Founded in 1896, the early records of Worthing Hockey Club mention a match on 21st November 1897 against Storrington Hockey Club followed by a home win the next week against Brighton. Worthing was one of seven founder members of the Sussex County Hockey Association forum in 1899. Until 1901, Worthing played at a ground in West Tarring, then at Pavilion Road until 1926 and at Forest Road in 1926/27. Since 1927, Worthing’s Headquarters have been at the Manor Ground, Broadwater, with some games being played at the Durrington Sports Centre, where an astro turf as laid in 1989.
The Club has enjoyed periods of considerable success as a premier Sussex Club and in the last 40 years or so, Worthing members awarded colours by the County include players such as Gerry Beasley, Horace Grostate, Peter Ashworth, Colin Sinnott, Ted Sclater, Chris Bateman, Cliff Mitchell, Brian Babington, Peter Ellis, Rickey Edmondson, Neil Longstreet and Jeremy Mott.
Worthing’s International Easter Festival started in 1932 when 11 teams participated including Old Cranleighans, Beckenham, Brighton and Trojans. This, over the years, expanded to more than 50 sides including many overseas visitors from Gibraltar, South Africa, France, Germany, Ireland, United Arab Emirates, Holland and the Czech Republic. The Festival is still proving to be a very popular event in the Hockey calendar.
We are very proud to have as a member (and a Past President of the Club), R H ‘Paddy’ Selman FIH (Grade 1), World Cup and Olympic Umpire, who for nearly 50 years has helped to make the Club well known not only in Sussex but indeed throughout the World of Hockey.
1990 saw the merger of Worthing Hockey Club with Worthing Ladies’ Hockey Club. The ladies currently run three main teams plus a junior Llamas side. Since their main integration into The Worthing Hockey Club they have been Sussex Clubs Champions twice; Sussex Knockout Cup Champions five times, and runners up nine times! They last reached the Vase Semi Finals in 2004. 2010 is their first appearance in a final. The Ladies too have enjoyed much success both on and off the field having, since the merger, more than provided their organisational skills by filling many of the Officer positions with great success.
The Club currently runs, in addition to the Ladies section, 6 men’s teams, EHA Trophy Mixed and Social Mixed teams and 2 junior development teams, Tigers (U14-U16) and Wolves (U11-U14). There is provision for the younger hockey player.
Worthing Hockey Club is currently in the process of applying for ‘Club First’ accreditation.
The future of Worthing Hockey Club is good, and the Club is actively seeking to improve both Club and ground facilities and attract younger male and female players.