Ten of the 27 men in the new look England Hockey Central Programme are either current or former Loughborough students, a record high.
That coupled with seven Loughborough ladies making the equivalent women’s squad, and it has been quite a week for Loughborough hockey (click here for the women’s story).
Announced today, the latest additions to the squad are current Loughborough University students Ed Horler, Jonty Griffiths and Luke Taylor, all rewarded for their fine form at junior level.
In his final year of study, Ian Sloan remains part of the programme after his contributions in Rio de Janeiro last summer, meaning four current students will be balancing their studies whilst travelling to and from Bisham Abbey.
Alumni and Olympians Barry Middleton, David Condon, Mark Gleghorne and Henry Weir all keep their places after strong showings in Rio, as do Chris Griffiths and Harry Gibson, despite just missing the final squad who travelled to the Brazilian capital.
Of the announcement Loughborough Student’s Union Men’s Hockey Club Head Coach and former England international Jerome Goudie commented:
The hockey club are very proud of our students, Luke, Jonty and Ed, who have been named in Bobby Crutchley’s new centralised squad moving forward to Tokyo 2020. They have been integral team members and contributed greatly to Loughborough’s successes to date.
Their hard work, coupled with the use of additional integrated support services provided by both academics and Loughborough Sport staff has enabled them to combine their sport and studies to a high level, and continue to do so.
We are also very proud of final year student Ian Sloan who keeps his place after playing so well in Rio, and to the other six alumni who have been named in the squad, in what looks to be very exciting times for GB Hockey. We wish the whole group all the best.