Joining SBLHFC will be one of the best decisions you make while at Barts and The London. The club’s aim is to represent the school at the best and most beautiful game in the world: Football. The club brings together students from all years to ensure that you have the best communal experience while at university with the chance of meeting characters that you might not have been able to otherwise. We can proudly say that the club is like a family where teammates are not only friends on the pitch but also off it.
This great club is the largest in BLSA and has a rich and proud history. We compete at various levels for the United Hospitals Cup, the oldest trophy in the footballing world first introduced in 1884. This competition includes all of the London medical schools with the club getting to the final the last three years, narrowly missing out on the trophy on penalties last season.
We are fortunate to play our home matches at the idyllic Chislehurst Sports Ground, while away games feature all over London plus a couple of games in the South East.
We currently have 3 full XI sides playing Wednesdays and Saturdays in the BUCS and LUSL leagues. Our 1st team has enjoyed massive success in the recent years, reaching the UH cup final multiple times. The 2nd team provides competitive football which allows players to push for the 1st team and play at a high standard weekly. Our 3rd team contains a mixture of players which caters to all abilities of football. All teams train together on Monday's while also going to the Wednesday sports nights at the SU to celebrate the wins.
We also strive to provide members with friendly and local 7-a-side football with games usually in a Thursday night league. We enter a mixed ability team in the intramural league open to newcomers to the sport/club and those less able to commit to 11-a-aside matches. Essentially the club is geared to provide as much football for a wide variety of abilities and a high standard of competition for the upper echelons of the club.
We also have a prolific social calendar including meals and weekly nights out, well organised by our proactive social secretaries. You can also get involved on the social front by joining us on Fresher’s Tour (usually in the first term), International Tour (usually during Easter or third term) and NAMS which is an annual football tournament for all of the medical schools with two nights out in the host city (usually at the end of second term) throughout the year. Like other clubs, we attend the union’s weekly social on Wednesday evenings called “Tables” which includes drinking games, match reports and general chat.
At the end of the season current members mix with an extensive network of alumni from the club (Old Boys) at the AGM and President’s Day, a definite highlight of the social calendar. The occasion is held at one of London’s famous stadiums and includes a tour and in the past the opportunity to play on the pitch.
So overall this club will enable you to keep fit, have fun and be active within the school. Truly anyone is welcome, find out more and get started by joining the Facebook group below.
Trials typically occur on the Wednesday of the first sporting social (typically 2nd week into fresher’s week). The trial is held at our home ground; Chislehurst sporting grounds which we take a coach to. The trial is a chance for players to show their ability in front of this year’s team captains and to be allocated into a team. Each player who attends the event will have their details taken and contacted for training sessions and matches. It is worth noting, that players who get selected are not fixed to that team and can move within the club structure.
The trial itself comprises of drills followed by small-sided games and typically a final 11 a side game against seniors for a bit of fun. The last couple of years, the seniors have won so possibly this year the trialists will have the day? After the event, we take a coach back to the union for the first sporting social of the year.
Further details will be provided at Freshers’ Fayre.
Mondays 5-6pm at Stepney Green 3G Astro
Equipment - Players will need to provide their own footballs boots (studs for 1st-3rd XI matches and Astroturf’s for training and 7 a-side) as well as shin pads. Hopefully shirts and shorts are a given.
The club will provide team shirts, shorts and socks for matches.
Will also have club kit where players can buy training gear with the option of personalisation. This is optional but the gear looks great (highly recommended).
Commitment levels required - Attendance to training is desired but it is understood that courses offered at Barts and The London are demanding. What is expected of the players is to give as much time as they can to the club in both training and in competitive matches. Players are picked both on ability and commitment with regular commitment aiding in the players development.
BUCS leagues for the 1st and 2nd XI
LUSL leagues for the 3rd XI on Wednesdays with all three teams playing in LUSL leagues on the Saturday.
BUCS Cup for 1st and 2nd XI
LUSL Cup for 1st, 2nd and 3rd XI
UH cup for 1st-3rd XI
7 a side QM league on Thursdays.
The address of the fortress is BR7 6HA.
We play on the right hand side of the ground (Queen Mary on the left).
Club captain - Ben Kerr
1st team captain - Tom Ellis
2nd team captain - David Barnett
3rd team captain - Nikhil Sharma
BL 7s officer - Sudarshan Gurumoorthy
Social Secretaries - Charlie Ryan + Sam Jordan
Secretary - Sepehr Heravi
Treasurer - Jonas Schlautmann
Alumni Officer - Alesandro Katchburian
Webmaster - Sujith Suthan
Allied courses officer - Elliott Taylor
Community sports officer - Diogo Preto