Issue date: 10 January 2008
Chris Roberts, Head of Hockey at the University of the West of England has been appointed the Head Coach for England Universities Ladies Hockey Team for the forthcoming British University Games. Chris overcame tough competition and a lengthy selection process to be appointed and is delighted with the news.
Chris said, “This is a fantastic opportunity to work with the elite female hockey players who are currently studying at universities in England. My first job will be to assess the squad at their first training session on 20 January at Birmingham University. Currently 50 players have been short listed two of whom currently play Hockey for the UWE team.
“It will be my job to select only 16 players for additional training sessions which will be held at UWE on the fantastic new all weather pitch during February and March in the build up to the games. The games will be held in Edinburgh in April 2008 with us competing with national teams from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.”
Stuart Vanstone, Head of Sport at UWE added, “This is great news. Chris has done a fantastic job over the past year and I am sure it will continue through to the English universities national side. Sport can play a key role in raising the profile of UWE to students from other institutions and those school leavers and students from FE who are applying to study at HE level.
“Chris's new role along with other developments including our appointment as the National performance centre for England Hockey further embeds UWE into the British universities sports framework and will assist in raising the profile of the institution. I wish Chris all the best for the games in April.”
Chris joined UWE in September 2007 as a full time hockey coach with the remit of promoting hockey to a higher level in the University and the West of England. The Ladies 1st XI have recently won their respective BUSA league and will now enter the play-offs for a South Premier league position, whilst the men still have two games to play in which they also can reach the play-offs.