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England Hockey award for Durham Palatinate

(30 June 2020)

We are celebrating with Team Durham and Durham University Hockey Club after one of our students was named the Men’s Emerging Performance Player of the Year, at England Hockey’s online awards ceremony.

Ollie Payne, a Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity student, has excelled in both his international and club commitments and the recognition from Hockey England is testament to his hard work and dedication on and off the field.

Since joining Durham University Hockey Club, the talented player has represented Durham University at three consecutive BUCS finals and was part of our Men's 1s team recently promoted to the England Hockey Premier League. The team will compete as one of the best 11 clubs in the country in the 2020 / 21 season.

Balancing study and elite sport, Payne also represented GBU21 in the Sultan of Johor Cup 2019 and played a crucial part in England’s silver medal at the U21 European Cup, a first in over 21 years.

Payne is not the first of our students to earn this prestigious award, former teammate Jack Waller won in 2018, and current student Tess Howard took the women's title the same year. Both have now transitioned to the full senior sides.

This is an incredible achievement for Ollie Payne and all at Team Durham who support him, and we wish him all the best for the future and look forward to following his journey.

Find out more

We are Britain’s Number 1 Team Sport University, visit our Team Durham website to find out more about our performance and participation sports programmes.

We offer Undergraduate and Postgraduate scholarships for exceptional sportsmen and women, find out more on our Team Durham webpages.

Our sports participation programmes create friendships and memories that last a lifetime and play an integral role in developing the lifelong bond that many of our students form with their College and the University.