Future stars sought as England Hockey Cup winner joins university’s ranks

29 October 2015

Potential student hockey players will have the chance to find out more about the world-class playing and development opportunities at the University of Bath when they compete at the Futures Cup on Friday.

Representatives of the University’s hockey programme will be at the competition in Cannock, which features the country’s most talented U16 and U18 players.

They will be able to discuss their university considerations and learn more about a thriving hockey set-up at the Sports Training Village that, in recent years, has produced several internationals and five members of the Wimbledon men’s team that won the NOW:Pensions Premier Division title last season.

The university’s men topped the British Universities and Colleges (BUCS) Southern Premier Division in 2014-15 and two Team Bath Buccaneers players – Liam Sanford and Peter Scott – have just returned from helping Great Britain U21s win the Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia.

Scott, who is supported by a Trendell Sport Scholarship, has just started a Foundation in Sports Performance degree at the University of Bath. He captained England U18s last season and also scored a stunning goal to help Reading beat Surbiton 5-1 in this year’s England Hockey Cup final at the Lee Valley Centre.

“It’s great to be here at the University of Bath,” said Scott, pictured. “The facilities are excellent, I like the course and Bath has a great reputation for developing hockey players.

“The Sultan of Johor Cup was the first time I have been involved with the Great Britain set-up and it was an amazing experience, especially coming away as winners.”

Toby Reynolds Cotterill and Ed Horler, who both came through the TBB Junior Academy, were also in the successful GB squad in Malaysia.

Several current Buccs junior players will be competing at the Futures Cup, representing Wessex Leopards – Aaron Holloway (U16), Matt Simonds (U17), Will Hewer, Hector Lyons and Alex Witty (all U18). Shona O’Dywer is a reserve for the U18 Wessex Girls.

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