Inspiring students through hockey

BUCS conf

For the past year we have built a partnership with British Universities Sport Colleges to help support hockey in Universities, developing small sided hockey.

Over the past year we have got over 1,000 students playing small sided hockey in 14 different institutions since launching in September 2015. BUCS hope to expand into over 40 institutions with 3,000 playing our sociable small sided game over the next year.

Jack Gutteridge from Nottingham Trent University participated in the first small sided tournament that was put on; “I attended the tournament which we won, no one expected that. It was really good fun and I like how flexible how it is around the rules so everyone can adapt it to suit them. It is great to see them take on our feedback and amend it for the better.  It is fully supporting the social side of our sport which is great.”

CEO of BUCS Vince Mayne believes the day to be a great success; “This partnership is proving to be a great success. It is a really good opportunity to get together and showcase of what we can do and hope the universities get hold of it and help develop hockey across the education sector.”

Today has been focusing on how we can better support the student clubs, showcase small sided hockey and of course to enjoy a bit of international hockey at the Hero Hockey Champions Trophy. This is the second year this conference has been held seeing over 50 University teams attend and 50 director of sports which is great.

University of Bath hockey club chairman, Rob said; 'We have loved today, it is rare that we get to chat to other University teams to share ideas and we have so many now to take back. We wished our whole committee were here to have heard what was said!'