Women's Performance Hockey

Loughborough University offers a unique environment to develop in sport whilst gaining a prestigious degree. Loughborough Students Hockey Club offers many competitive opportunities; the first team play in the England Hockey Investec Premier League (outdoor), British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) National Premier League as well as the Midlands Division (indoor).

Each year Loughborough University invests a million pounds in performance sport, and a million pounds in facilities. Thanks to this investment, Head Coach Brett Holland is able to lead a professional programme of coaching and support.

As a first team squad member you will receive expert coaching, access to our world class facilities, heavily discounted Powerbase gym membership, strength and conditioning training, sports science and sports medicine support.

A normal week could include:

1:1 meetings with the Head Coach
2 team training sessions
2 optional individual skill sessions
2 matches - BUCS on Wednesday and National League at the weekend
Strength and conditioning sessions
Team video analysis sessions and unlimited access to our sharing platform HUDL
Massage and physiotherapy
Nutrition support

Brett Holland

Head Coach

Leading the women’s programme is Head Coach Brett Holland. Brett has led the women’s programme since 2017, with lots of change and some notable successes; winning back to back BUCS Championships in 2018 & 2019 and promotion back in to the England Hockey Investec Premier League after a 20 year absence. His focus is very much on developing the individuals and pushing the programme forward.

Brett has strong links with the FIH and England Hockey as a Coach Educator as well as coaching in the Player Pathway with England Hockey. He also has experience in Australia, running a junior hockey club.

Notable alumni

  • Laura Unsworth MBE - BSc Accounting and Financial Management 2013 - European and Olympic Gold Medallist
  • Giselle Ansley MBE - BSc Sport and Exercise Science 2014 - European and Olympic Gold Medallist
  • Nicola White MBE - BSc Applied Sports Science 2013 - European and Olympic Gold Medallist
  • Maddie Hinch MBE - BSc Sport and Exercise Science 2013 - European and Olympic Gold medallist, FIH GK of the year; 2015, 2017
  • Hannah MacLeod MBE - BSc Sport and Exercise Science 2005 - European and Olympic Gold medallist
  • Ellie Rayer - BSc Sports Technology current student - Junior Performance Player of the Year 2017, England Senior


For our most exceptional performance hockey players, we offer sports scholarships to help with the costs of training and competition.

Prospective students

To apply for a place or find out more information please register your interest

Register your interest

Thank you to our Sponsors

We would like to thank SiS Pitches, Scott Group and Fendt for their support of the women's hockey team for the 2019/20 season.