The Newcastle Wildcats were founded in the early 1990s with the first team photo in 1994. The club has been growing ever since and was crowned as National Champions in 2001 and 2002 in the inaugural cross university championships. This subsequently developed into the Rawlinson Plate and was taken over by the British Universities Ice Hockey Association.
The club formed a second team within the BUIHA during 2004 followed by a third team entering in the 2006 season formed by the then President Rob Grant (now Secretary of the BUIHA). Newcastle University is now the largest single university ice hockey club in the UK. We have dedicated coaching and previously had an IIHF registered coach. Our development programme is designed to improve players abilities during their time at university, in order to contribute to the clubs on ice success. We are a mixed gender club and cater for players of all abilities from absolute beginners through to professional standard. Throughout the year, the club provides opportunities for members to attend coaching and officials courses in order to obtain furhter qualifications.
In addition to competitions with the BUIHA, there is a long standing local rivalry between Newcastle University and the University of Northumbria which is fought every year in the form of a varsity competition contributing to the overall success of either institution in competing for the Stan Calvert Cup. This year could see the return of the wildcats to the Metro Radio arena for one of the largest varsities competitions outside of North America.
The club is open to all Newcastle University students who are interested in Ice hockey. You can join at any point throughout the year and we look forward to seeing you on the ice soon for another successful season.