England Hockey League

English Hockey League (field hockey)

The English Hockey League is a national hockey league run by England Hockey. It is currently sponsored by Slazenger and known as the Slazenger England Hockey League or EHL. It is widely recognised as the most significant English hockey league system.


The Slazenger EHL league structure was altered for the 2008/2009 season, with the aim of promoting appropriate competition for the teams involved whilst reducing the overheads incurred by teams having to travel long distances. There is now only one national league, the Premier league, which is fed by three "Conference" leagues, split into North, West and East regions.

Previously there was a national Premier and national Division One league, which had players fed into it by a North league and South league.

The above league structure is identical for men and women's hockey.

The EHL takes new teams into the National North/West/East leagues from separately run regional hockey associations, such as the North Hockey Association. These associations run a multiple-division league structure of their own, and are in turn fed by teams from county or sub-regional hockey associations or leagues. For example, the Yorkshire Hockey Association runs 11 divisions, and those promoted out of the top Division will be received into the lower divisions of the North Hockey Association. Those promoted from the North Hockey Association's top league will be entered into the National North league of the EHL, from which they can be promoted into the EHL Premier league.

Teams for 2008/2009 season

The following tables list the teams playing in the Slazenger EHL and which league they are taken from.

Slazenger EHL 2008/2009 men's teams
Premier Conference East Conference North Conference West
Beeston Brom & Beck Barford Tigers Bournville
Bowden Canterbury Belper Cardiff
Cannock Chelmsford Brooklands MU Exeter University
East Grinstead City of Peterborough Doncaster Firebrands
Hampstead & W Holcombe Durham University Guildford
Havant Indian Gym Formby Old Georgians
Loughborough Students Ipswich Leek Stourport
Reading Old Loughtonians Sheffield Hallam Team Bath Buccs
Southgate Oxted Sheffield University Bankers University of Birmingham
Surbiton Sevenoaks Telford & Wrekin Whitchurch

Slazenger EHL 2008/2009 women's teams
Premier Conference East Conference North Conference West
Bowden Hightown Barnes HE Belper Aldridge
Canterbury Harleston M Ben Rhydding Bournemouth
Chelmsford Horsham Bradford Cannock
Clifton Maidstone Doncaster Exe
Ipswich Old Loughtonians Durham University Firebrands
Leicester Reading Loughborough Students Rover Oxford
Olton & WW Sevenoaks Liverpool Sefton St Austell
Poynton Southgate Nottingham H'fields Sutton Coldfield
Slough St Albans Sunderland Swansea
Trojans Staines Whitley Bay University of Birmingham

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