Tokyo 2020 potential earns student Tim Nurse a place in GB Hockey Elite Development Programme

22 November 2017

University of Bath sporting scholar Tim Nurse has been recognised as having Tokyo 2020 Olympic potential after being named in the Great Britain Hockey Men’s Elite Development Programme (EDP).

Nurse, who started a Foundation Degree in Sports Performance this term and is supported by a King Scholarship, is one of 35 players selected for the new programme aimed at developing medal-winning Olympians of the future.

After a highly-successful junior career with England U16 and U18, Nurse made the step up to U21 level last month as he helped Great Britain win a silver medal at the prestigious Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia.

As a member of the EDP, Nurse – who plays in BUCS competitions for the University and in the EHL West Conference for Team Bath Buccaneers – will attend various training camps and days at Bisham Abbey and Lilleshall, as well as spend time at a warm-weather training camp in Lisbon, Portugal in January.

Nurse is the latest Sports Performance student to make his mark on the international stage, following in the footsteps of Trendell Sporting Scholar Peter Scott who is a part-time member of the senior England training programme.

Prospective new students looking to be part of the University’s thriving hockey programme while also pursuing a world-class education are invited to attend a try-out day at the Sports Training Village.

Taking place on Thursday, February 22 from 10.15am to 4pm, the open day will include a 90-minute training session with Head Hockey Coach Jody Paul on state-of-the-art outdoor pitches, plus a chance to see the rest of the world-class facilities on campus.

It is highly recommended for Foundation Degree Sports Performance applicants but all new students interested in playing hockey are more than welcome to see what it’s like to train and play for a Team Bath sports team.

For more information or to register, contact Hockey Development Manager Nick Kendall on 01225 385308 or

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