Performance Hockey players will be given access to the following sports specific programme along with all the Performance Programme services:
- Full pre-season training programme-open to returning performance athletes, selected BUCS players, invited incoming 1st years students including any athletes shortlisted for a Sports Scholarship who will be expected to attend.
- High quality sports specific coaching
- 2 x on pitch training sessions (per squad) every week
- 3 x weekly S&C sessions with UKSCA acredited S&C coaches in the Athlete Development Centre (ADC)
- Weekly BUCS matches with both men's and women's playing in South A
- National League playing opportunities including links with ISCA Hockey Club (women) who play in Investec Women's Hockey League (Conference West) and Exeter University (men) recently promoted to Premier Division of Men's Hockey league
- Scholarships and funding are available to exceptional players
- Weekly team and individual video analysis sessions
Harry Jones- Head of Hockey
Harry has played hockey at the highest level in the UK and Australia, competing in the National Premier League in England and Australia alongside some of the World’s best International players.
Hockey has always been a huge part of Harry’s life and coaching is now his passion and he has an infectious enthusiasm for the game and an ability to inspire and engage with players of all abilities. He is currently a UKCC level three coach and has worked with elite junior and senior players including the Wales National Age Groups and is the Senior Men’s Assistant coach for the indoor side. He has coached at two National League clubs, where he had the honour of being the youngest coach to lead a Premier League team in 2013/14 season.
Harry joined the University of Exeter in 2014 as a Performance coach and in 2015/16 he worked with the University of Exeter women’s 1st team who reached the BUCS Championship final, winning a silver medal.
This year Harry joins the University on a full time basis as Head of Hockey having been Director of Hockey at Blundell’s School where he achieved National success at U13, U14, U16 and U18 level at the National Schools finals. In his new role at Exeter Harry will oversee the University Hockey programme and will lead on the Women's 1st team coaching.
Simon Tyson- Performance Coach (Men's Hockey)
Simon is a UKCC and England Hockey Level 2 qualified coach and coaches the Men’s Hockey 1st team. Simon played hockey for the University during his time as an undergraduate student and over four years he reached four BUSA & BUCS Championship and Trophy Finals, winning three Gold’s and one Silver medal.
Before joining Exeter, Simon played National League hockey at Firebrands and was selected for junior England representation.
Anne Baker - Performance Coach (Women's Hockey)
Anne is a level 4 hockey coach who has been associated with the University of Exeter for the last 19 years in a variety of roles. A former head of PE at Cheltenham Ladies’ College where the women’s hockey side won 2 National School Finals and having previously worked as the National Coaching Manager for England Hockey (2003-2012) and the Coach Education Advisor for Sports Coach UK (2012 – 2016), Anne brings a wealth of coaching experience to the University Hockey programme.
Heavily involved with ISCA University whose 1st team play in the Investec Conference West of the Investec Women’s Hockey League, Anne has previously coached all club teams but is currently responsible for the 2nd to 5th teams. With the University Anne steered the University of Exeter Women’s Hockey 1st team to 2 BUCS silvers in 1999 and 2000. In the South West she has also coached the county and West of England teams as well as the England Junior Development Centre.
This year Anne will look to support the University Women’s Hockey programme and continue her involvement with ISCA University.
Tom captained the University of Exeter Men’s 1st team to BUCS Championship Gold in 2011-2012 whilst studying at the University of Exeter for a BA in Management and Marketing. Having represented England and GB Hockey, Tom plays his club hockey for Reading and is currently the Director at Y1 Sport LTD (YoungOnes), a company specialising in premium quality customisable onesies which he started whilst at University.
BA Management with Marketing (2009-2012)
England Hockey Seniors
Duncan is a current University of Exeter BSc Geography student and is also part of the Great Britain Men’s Elite Development Programme. He was Great Britain’s top goal scorer for the U21 side at the Sultan of Johor Cup in 2017 where the squad came away with a silver medal. Duncan represents the University of Exeter Men’s 1st team in BUCS and the Premier Division of the England Hockey League.
“The scholarship this year has helped massively with travel costs relating to Great Britain training camps so having a scholarship next year will be vital to my continued involvement in the squad”
BSc Geography (2017-present)
Nicole is a current University of Exeter BSc Economics student and is also part of the Great Britain Elite Development Programme (EDP). She represented the GB EDP squad in the 4 nations (China, Australia, Germany and GB) tournament held in China in November 2018. Nicole represents the University of Exeter Women’s 1st team in BUCS and plays for ISCA in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Conference West.
Having captained England U21 at the Junior World Cup whilst studying at University, Laney led the University side to the BUCS Championship final in 2015-2016 season. Upon graduation Laney secured a full time contract with England Hockey and was part of the bronze medal winning senior women’s squad at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Laney now works for Ernst and Young LLP as the Athlete Programme Coordinator and is currently working with a number of professional clubs, national governing bodies and Universities to deliver an enhanced athlete lifestyle support package.
England Women's Seniors
BA Business and Management (2013-2016)
Ben was part of the University of Exeter Men’s 1st team who took BUCS Championship Silver in 2015-2016 whilst studying at University of Exeter for a degree in BA Economics. He is part of the Welsh Senior Squad and represented Wales at Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. In terms of GB honours Ben has also been named in the GB Elite Development Programme in the preparation phase for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Ben currently plays his club hockey for Reading.
Ella was part of the University of Exeter Women’s 1st team who took BUCS Championship Silver in 2015-2016 whilst studying BSc Exercise and Sport Sciences. Ella made her senior debut for Wales at the 2014 London Cup and was part of the Welsh Senior squad at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Ella currently plays her club hockey for Buckingham Hockey Club.
Katie is a current student at the University of Exeter studying BA Modern Languages and representing the University of Exeter Women’s 1st team in BUCS as well as playing for ISCA in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Conference West. Katie has previously been part of the GB Elite Development Programme and has represented England U21.
James is currently completing a PGCE Physical Education Secondary at the University of Exeter. He was part of the BUCS Championship Gold winning squad, netting the winning penalty flick and has also regularly featured for Exeter in the Premier Division. A member of the Wales Senior Squad James was part of the Welsh Men’s Squad at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.