Ollie Payne is awarded Men’s Emerging Performance Player of the Year award by England Hockey
(9 June 2020)
We are delighted to be able to confirm that Durham University Hockey Club’s, Ollie Payne, has been awarded the Men’s Emerging Performance Player of the Year at England Hockey’s online awards ceremony, presented by Great Britain and England Senior, David Ames.
The Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity student has excelled in both his international and club commitments and for this to be recognised by England Hockey it is a testament to the hard work and dedication that he puts in both on and off the field.
Payne has had an exceptional international hockey career to date, in the autumn of 2019, he played a major role in helping GB defeat India in the finals 2-1 in the 9th edition of the Sultan of Johor Cup 2019, an international men’s under-21 hockey tournament held in Malaysia. Not only did he pick up gold, but he was also named the best goalkeeper of the tournament. In the same season, he played a crucial part in England’s silver medal at the U21 European Cup, a first in over 21 years.
A main player in the University game since his arrival as a first year, he has helped Durham get to three consecutive national BUCS finals, winning in 2018 on penalty strokes and being named the Number 1 University Hockey programme for the 2019/20 season.
He has been a dominant force in the England Hockey Men’s Hockey National League North Division 1 for the last three years; his student playing days at Durham were epitomised as his team were, this season, promoted to the Premier League, making club and university history.
Payne is not the first Durham University student to earn this prestigious award, his old team mate Jack Waller won in 2018, not long before making the step up to the full senior side. Current student Tess Howard took the women’s title that same year and Howard also joined the seniors not long after this at just 19 years old. With a wealth of young Durham talent currently featuring in the Great Britain Elite Development Programme, which bridges the gap between junior and senior international hockey, and working hard over the summer, the next few years could be very exciting at both a club and international level.
We would like to extend our huge congratulations to Ollie on this fantastic achievement, we wish him all the best for the future and look forward to following his journey from here on in.
Hockey at Durham
Durham University Hockey Club is one of the highest achieving hockey programmes in the UK and have been recently recognised as the Number 1 University Hockey programme for the 2019/20 season.
We are an England Hockey Premier League Club who cater for players of all abilities, boasting 5 men’s and 5 women’s teams who regularly play on both a Wednesday and a Saturday. Further to this, our extensive college programme gives more players the opportunity to participate in training and matches.