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Winning Students selected for GB hockey programme

11 October 2018
GB Hockey's Elite Development Programme aims to produce Olympic-level players.

GB Hockey's Elite Development Programme aims to produce Olympic-level players.

Five Winning Students hockey players have been selected for the men’s and women’s Great Britain Elite Development Programme (EDP).

Scottish Hockey athletes, Cameron Golden, Aidan McQuade (both Abertay University), Jennifer Eadie (University of Glasgow), Laura Swanson (University of Edinburgh), and Charlotte Watson (University of Dundee) have been selected for the respective men’s and women’s programmes.

The GB EDP was launched as part of a strategic objective during the Tokyo 2020 cycle with the aim of developing medal winning Olympians of the future, with the selected athletes having shown their potential to achieve that during a comprehensive selection process.

While the GB EDP is not age categorised, it has been designed for players aged between 19-23. A total of eight Scottish players have been selected for this year’s programme.

Scottish Hockey’s Head of Performance Andy Tennant said,

“We are delighted to have eight representatives on the EDP programme in addition to the six players we have in and around the senior GB programme, particularly as we have four new faces breaking into the GB EDP system for the first time.

“Given that three of our girls have voluntarily opted out of the programme due to study, work commitments and playing abroad, I believe it shows that we are producing more and more athletes with the requisite qualities to be considered potential GB players.

“This is testament to both the hard work being done by the players themselves, the clubs supporting them and the outstanding coaches we have working in both our national age group and high performance programmes.”

For further information about international hockey in Scotland visit: https://www.scottish-hockey.org.uk/international-performance/