Swansea University's Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Boyle and Hockey Wales Chief Executive Paul Whapham

Professor Paul Boyle, Swansea University's Vice-Chancellor, and Hockey Wales Chief Executive Paul Whapham 

Swansea University has announced a landmark partnership with Hockey Wales, the National Governing Body for hockey in Wales.

This new strategic collaboration builds on what is already a positive and committed relationship between the two organisations, rooted in a vision to develop the sport regionally and nationally.

Through their shared commitment to nurturing talent and promoting hockey at all levels from beginner to elite, the partnership aims to support the existing high-performance programme and environment at Swansea University, while continuing to attract, develop and retain talented athletes with the support, guidance, and exciting collaborative opportunities.

Collectively the partnership offers a unique range of expertise and depth of experience that will accelerate hockey in Wales and support the health and wellbeing of students and the wider community.

Professor Paul Boyle, Swansea University’s Vice-Chancellor said: "We are delighted to enhance our partnership with Hockey Wales, which will help to foster a collaborative approach to ensuring the continued growth and visibility of hockey at local, national, and international levels. This joint effort reflects our wider vision for sport at Swansea University and will create expanded and improved opportunities, encompassing player involvement, research, education, commercial initiatives, event hosting and the comprehensive development of the hockey landscape; from grassroots to high-performance tiers."

The collaboration enhances the University’s current hockey offerings, stemming from the successful hosting of the Under 18s EuroHockey competition in conjunction with Hockey Wales. Swansea University boasts two world class hockey pitches, a recently constructed 300-seater spectator stand, and a distinguished roster of present players and alumni. Notable individuals, such as Megan Langley and Jacob Draper, have emerged from the university's comprehensive hockey programme.

Hockey Wales Chief Executive Paul Whapham said: “University hockey plays a pivotal role in nurturing the growth and development of highly skilled athletes throughout Wales. We are elated to enhance our collaboration with Swansea University, a partnership that has flourished over several years. This extended association not only solidifies our existing rapport but also delineates a clear trajectory for future endeavours.

“Swansea University boasts some of the premier facilities in Wales, coupled with an excellent track record in event management. The prospect of collaborating with their industry-leading Sports Science department presents a significant opportunity for both current and prospective athletes. It is our aspiration to witness Swansea University's BUCS teams ascend to compete amongst the finest in the United Kingdom, thereby contributing to the advancement of hockey at both local club and international levels.

“Central to this partnership is a commitment to fostering growth and development, offering athletes, students, and staff novel avenues for career advancement. This collaboration stands as a testament to our collective dedication to elevating the standards of university hockey in Wales and beyond.”

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