Men's Hockey Performance Programme

Our Performance Programme

"We have an ambitious programme in world-class facilities and it's great to be working with a group of players that have the hunger and desire to train to be the best they can be" - Graham Moodie Head of Performance Hockey (Men)

The programme has a proven track record of developing junior players with potential into senior international athletes. Our coaches have extensive international experience and our Head Coach is also Assistant Coach on the Great Britain Elite Development Programme.

In return for your dedication and hard work, we will offer you world-class training facilities and support to allow you to be the best you can be:

  • 1 Head Coach
  • 2 Assistant Coaches
  • Full time Strength & Conditioning support
  • Academic support
  • Performance lifestyle support
  • Nutritional advice
  • Mental skills training and assistance
  • Access to the world-renowned FASIC Sport & Exercise Medicine Clinic

UK Anti Doping- Clean Sport Policy

The University of Edinburgh is a UK Anti doping accredited institution. We are fully committed to clean sport principles and educating all of our athletes in applying these principles correctly. Please feel free to read through our full Clean Sport Policy.

Studying at Edinburgh

Edinburgh mixes architectural beauty and history with a lively, fun environment and has regularly been voted as one of the most desirable places to live in the world. As part of our Performance Programme, you will develop your athletic and academic skills in tandem, competing for one of the United Kingdom’s best sporting higher education institutions and studying at a university that is consistently ranked in the top 50 in the world.

  • Over 650 degree programmes
  • Flexible study options
  • Ranked 10th in the UK for graduate employability by the Times Higher Education, Global Employability Ranking 2018
  • An international university, with just under half of our students representing 180 nations across the world

Competitions and Successes

Our 1XI play in Scottish Premiership, the highest league in Scotland and they compete with English Universities in the BUCS system playing in Premier North.

The team have been in 3 of the last 5 Scottish Cup finals, as well as winning 2 BUCS Premier League titles, the BUCS trophy and top Scottish League for the last 10 consecutive seasons.

We have an exceptional record of developing International players and have had representation at the last 3 Commonwealth Games and 3 alumni playing for Scotland in 2018, as well as our Head of Performance working with Scotland Senior Men.

A selection of our recent successes:

  • 2018/19 Scottish Premiership 5th place finish
  • 2018/19 BUCS Trophy Runners Up
  • 2018/19 BUCS Northern Conference Premier Division B 2nd place finish
  • 2018/19 Scottish Cup Semi-finalists

Meet the Coach

Graham Moodie is a GB Olympian (Athens 2004) and former captain of Scotland International team competing in two Commonwealth Games (Melbourne 2006 & Delhi 2010) as well as 6 European Championships and amassing 191 caps.

Graham is a UKCC Level 3 coach and has helf the role of Head of Performance Hockey (Men) at the University since 2009.

Current Head Coach of the Scotland U21 Men’s Team, as well as an Assistant Coach for Scotland Senior Men and an Assistant Coach on the GB Elite Development Programme.

Meet the Player

Name: Ben Pearson

With the support of the University, I am able to fully pursue both the demands of my degree and my sporting career

Course: Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science

Achievements: Scotland Under-21, captained Scotland Under-18s to promotion in European A Division.

Our Facilities & Expertise

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

We have access to an Olympic Grade, water based pitch, where our sessions take place, located at Peffermill Playing Fields.

Each week there are two team training sessions and two strength and conditioning sessions, led by trained S&C coaches. Additionally, there are opportunities for 1-1 sessions as requested by the players as well as a team video analysis sessions.

There is also access to the University's world-leading sports medicine clinic for selected Performance Players within the Men's Hockey Programme.


We offer a number of named scholarships available to athletes.

Eric Liddell High Performance Scholarships: Created in memory of one of the University’s sporting greats to help our most talented student athletes attain their sporting ambitions.

The University of Edinburgh Elite Athlete Scholarship Fund: Awarded to support talented student athletes with the purpose of enhancing their dual career (academic and sporting) ambitions and positioning the University as the UK’s foremost Higher Education Institution for performance sport.

The University of Edinburgh is also part of the Winning Students Network, which provides financial scholarships from the Scottish Funding Council to support student athletes.

Further information is available on our website:

We are always looking for ambitious, academic athletes to realise their potential with us. Some useful links with information on entry requirements, scholarships and fees & funding can be found below:

We look forward to welcoming the next generation of performance hockey players to our Performance Programme, email Head of Performance, Graham Moodie, to start the conversation about your application.


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