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University of Nottingham students selected for 2021 GB Elite Development Programme


GB Hockey has announced the squads selected for the 2021 Elite Development Programme (EDP)

First formed for the 2017/18 season, the GB EDP is funded by UK Sport and designed to provide players who have the potential become Olympic medalists of the future the best possible opportunity to achieve their international hockey ambitions.

The University of Nottingham boasts 13 athletes across both squads. Among those selected are current University of Nottingham students:

Men’s Squad:

Matthew Blood

Adam Buckle

Josh Gravestock

Jonathan Lankfer

Archie Phillips

Karan Sofat

Connor Williamson

Oliver Smart (Reserve)

Women’s Squad

Katie Curtis

Alexandra Malzer

Mollie Mason

Sally Sime

Mila Welch


With no junior international hockey having been played in over a year, it is also hoped that players will enjoy a full programme of international competition in 2021, depending on Covid. This includes the senior EuroHockey Championships in July and the Junior World Cups for England’s U21s later in the year.

Head of Hockey, Matt Taylor, is proud of every UoN student selected and speaking to UoN Sport about the announcement he said, 

"I’m delighted for the 13 players named in the 2 squads, especially the first years Katie, Matt and Connor. It’s obviously been a very difficult season for everyone concerned but for those players to have maintained their level of performance needed to be selected EDP level is truly remarkable – well done to everyone concerned."

Lloyd Madsen, Men’s Hockey Head Coach, also commented:

“I am really happy for our players who have been selected to join the EDP. They have all worked extremely hard through a challenging season and this is a great reward for their efforts. I wish them all the very best!”

Everyone at University of Nottingham Sport would like to wish our 13 athletes and the rest of the EDP the very best of luck with their preparations and we will be following all the action intently later this year.

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Posted on Friday 23rd April 2021

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