Great Britain Hockey Elite Development Programme train at the Sports and Wellbeing Park
(28 October 2019)
The Great Britain Elite Development Programme (EDP) squad headed north last weekend to train at the Sports and Wellbeing Park’s fantastic new facilities; which now includes a second water base pitch and state of the art strength and conditioning hub.
Entering its third season, the GB EDP is part of a strategic objective to accelerate the development of future medal winning Olympians. Numerous athletes have already transitioned from EDP and become regular players in the senior teams including our very own Tess Howard, who was a direct product of this system in the 2018/19 season and is now a regular on the senior circuit.
We are pleased to announce that 3rd year, Biological Science student Louisa Bray and 1st year, Sports Science student Fiona Crackles have been included in the EDP set up for this year.
With the Sports and Wellbeing Park opening its doors over the summer, following a £32million redevelopment of the original Maiden Castle, it was great to be able to host Great Britain Hockey and its performance athletes on their 2 day camp.
Louisa Bray, who has been involved in the EDP for 3 years said, “It was great to be able to train on our pitches with the EDP squad, with regular camps it was great to have one so close to home”.
Fiona Crackles who has been present on the international scene from being an U.16 continued, “Having the camp in Durham was very beneficial for myself and Louisa. We felt very comfortable training on our home pitch and loved the minimal travel. Additionally, we did not have to take an extra day prior to the EDP to travel to the camp location which allowed us to continue with our university studies as normal and also reduced the cost”.
Mark Brian, Head of Sport, said, “We are really fortunate to have had GB hockey here in Durham using our wonderful facilities. Hockey has always been one of our key performance sports and this recognises the investment and support that we at Durham University are putting in to our hockey programmes as we continue to produce high quality players for the EDP and senior pathways. We wish both Fiona and Louisa and the rest of the squad the best of luck for the coming season.”
We hope to be able to continue to develop our partnership with both Great Britain and England Hockey for many years to come and look forward to welcoming them back to Durham and the Sports and Wellbeing Park in the future.