Thursday, February 22, 2024

University Hockey

Why hockey and university is perfect match to grow future potential

I have been head of hockey for a number of years now, and through this time I’ve been fortunate enough to coach a number of talented and ambitious hockey players, writes Alex Williams. We have a large number of pupils...

‘It’s easier for university sides to reach hockey top flight’

University of Nottingham may have two sides in the men’s and women’s Premier Divisions, but women’s coach Matt Taylor believes that with student sides getting stronger, it’s easier to progress to the top flight as non-university clubs get weaker. This...

‘Changing nature of university hockey presents challenges over established sides’

Student player Emma Allroggen believes that the circumstances which universities playing Premier Division hockey find themselves in leads to different challenges than those faced by longstanding top flight club sides. Allroggen started playing hockey at the age of four, joining...

University hockey life ‘can help us thrive at East Grinstead’

East Grinstead’s new recruits on how playing Premier Division hockey at university will help them with next challenge. Harry Croft-Baker reports East Grinstead are seeking to improve on last year’s result of 10th by bolstering their squad with an injection...

The challenges coaching a university side in England Hockey Premier Division

A university side in the Premier Division usually means a full-time role for a head coach - a rarity in English Hockey circles outside of the GB programme, writes Harry Croft-Baker. The Hockey Paper sat down with University of Nottingham’s...

Title winners University of Bristol pay tribute to ‘legendary hockey coach’

This was the touching moment that a grieving team celebrated their title win, with the name of their beloved late coach worn proudly on their shirts. Ben Dudley has been described as a “legend” and “inspirational” by the students he...

‘Friendly, brilliant’: Tributes paid to England hockey junior named as one of Nottingham victims

Tributes have been paid to "fiercely competitive" and talented hockey player Grace O’Malley-Kumar following the fatal stabbings in Nottingham, as the families of the victims attended a vigil on Wednesday. Three people were killed and another three were taken to...

Is the rise of university hockey a positive for England Premier Divisions?

Ross Bone delves deep into the university game, speaks to coaches and asks whether student or affiliated clubs are a future positive at Premier Division level With Isca and University of Exeter securing their promotion to the Vitality Women’s Premier...

Edinburgh make history as first Scottish university to reach BUCS men top flight

Edinburgh became the first Scottish men's side to win promotion to the top tier of British university (BUCS) hockey in over 100 years on Wednesday. Oxford had decided to travel north by bus on the day of the game, beginning...

Universities should be springboard for future club stalwarts but there appears little incentive

To improve student and university hockey, we need to have an honest and open discussion about what it is for, writes DAVID BARRETT There's no denying that a slightly hedonistic social life is one of the attractions of becoming a...
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Black Sticks star on international hockey, World Cups and formats

New Zealand international and Holcombe star Hayden Phillips on World Cup one year on from 2023 showcase We had discussions...
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