Ollie Payne is given a place in the GB hockey senior centralised programme
(16 July 2020)
Following an exceptional University club career, we are thrilled to be able to announce that Durham University Hockey Club’s, Ollie Payne, has deservedly been given a place in the GB Hockey senior centralised programme.
The Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity student has been part of the Great Britain Elite Development Programme (EDP) since its creation in 2017 and will make the step up to train with the full senior side ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, now being held in 2021, due to the impact of COVID-19.
Payne will reunite with his old Durham teammates and alumni, Jack Waller and Rhys Smith who joined the seniors in 2018 and current student, Tess Howard, who also made the step up in 2018 at just 19 years of age. This news comes off that back of Payne taking home the Men’s Emerging Performance Player of the Year trophy at the England Hockey Awards, which were held virtually last month. Payne is not the first Durham University student to earn this prestigious award, Waller won in 2018 and Howard also took the women’s title that same year.
Since his arrival at Durham 3 years ago, Payne has been involved in three consecutive BUCS finals, winning in 2018. He has been a dominant force in the England Hockey Men’s Hockey National League North Div 1 for the last three years and his student club days were epitomised as his team were, this season, promoted to the Premier League, making club and university history.
Payne has had a well decorated junior international career. In the autumn of 2019, he was part of the team that won the Sultan of Johor Cup 2019, an international men’s under-21 hockey tournament held in Malaysia where he was 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.
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 with the GB senior team.
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.