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 Jamie Cachia 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

Jamie Cachia

Head Coach

Jamie has been involved in university hockey since 2006 as both a player and coach. As a former Scottish senior international goalkeeper, gaining over 50 international caps, worked for EDP as a goalkeeper coach and as an assistant coach for the Scottish Senior Mens, he brings a wealth of experience to our hockey program. Jamie’s aim for the program is to develop the team as both people and players while giving them the best hockey experience of their lives.

Mike Irving

Assistant Coach

Mike coaches our women's 1’s alongside Jamie and coaches our national league women’s 2’s team. Having been involved in the player pathway since 2007, Mike has coached across every level up to England u18 boys. He also runs Sport101 a coaching company that delivers academies and workshops across the country. With this experience and knowledge, Mike helps in delivering the best hockey experience to our hockey women’s performance program.

Notable alumni

  • Laura Unsworth MBE - BSc Accounting and Financial Management 2013 - European and Olympic Gold Medallist, Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games gold medallist
  • Giselle Ansley MBE - BSc Sport and Exercise Science 2014 - European and Olympic Gold Medallist, Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games 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, Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games gold medallist
  • 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, Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games gold medallist
  • Izzy Petter - Tokyo Olympic Broze Medallist and Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist


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.