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With over 200 members, Saints Hockey runs multiple training sessions across the club each week, offering recreational fun sessions through to team development and individual skill development for the 9 competitive squads.
Saints Hockey supports 3 competitive men’s squads and 6 competitive squads within the women’s programme. The Women’s 7s development squad do not compete, with weekly sessions tailored to the needs of the group and providing opportunities for players to work on basic skills, tactical play and personal hockey development.Women’s Hockey Roster 2023-24
British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) championships
Saints Hockey currently supports 3 competitive men’s squads and 6 competitive squads within the women’s programme.
All teams compete in the British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) Championship.
British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) is the national governing body for higher education sport in the UK.
Each squad competes on a weekly basis throughout term time in the tiered BUCS league structure and BUCS knockout competitions, contributing to the University’s overall standing in the BUCS points table.
2023-24 Fixtures and Results
Scottish Hockey National Leagues
Players within the Saints Hockey programme also have opportunities to develop their game outwith the university system, playing in weekly national and regional Scottish Hockey competitions.
The Women’s 1st Team compete in Scottish Hockey’s Premiership Leagues, the Men’s 1st Team competes in the National League, the Women’s 2nd Team play in the national wide Women’s Championship, and the Men’s 2nd Team are in Men’s Regional League.
2023-24 Fixtures and Results
Players within the hockey programme have access to world-class facilities at St Andrews which enhances our ability to offer a professional environment allowing players to maximise their potential.
Saints Sport offers a wide range of indoor and outdoor sports facilities, which are available all year round.Indoor facilities
- dedicated performance suite
- modern, spacious gym
- exercise studio
- four-court sports hall
- new technical climbing wall
- eight-court arena
- four-court indoor tennis centre
- 13 grass pitches
- full-size floodlit 3G synthetic pitch
- sand-dressed synthetic pitch
- four tennis courts
- athletics track
- additional multi-sport grass pitches
- multi-sport courts
Sand-dressed pitch (SDP)
The hockey pitch at St Andrews is one of the few dedicated university pitches in the country allowing access to the pitch at all times of the year. The sand-dressed pitch, which was resurfaced in 2012, is playable at any time of day, almost all year round.
Players also make use of the top class Performance Suite – a dedicated Strength and Conditioning gym that provides a private space for the performance squad to train undisturbed.
Sessions are run by expert Strength and Conditioning accredited coaches who develop hockey specific programmes for our athletes.
The University provides many opportunities for students to gain coaching qualifications during their time at St Andrews, running subsidised courses each year.
Our coach education programme allows students to develop their coaching and teaching skills in various training environments throughout the year.Junior Hockey
The Hockey Club has been involved in running a nationally recognised Junior Hockey programme in partnership with Madras Hockey Club, Scottish Hockey and Active Fife.
The programme provides opportunities for club members to coach school children on a Saturday morning each week, helping to develop sport in the local area whilst giving students new coaching experiences in the process. Once students have developed their skills they can begin to work with the student teams at the University.Umpiring
Student umpires are fundamental to the success of the Hockey Club and we are always looking to develop additional umpire resource. Players are encouraged to take a rules test online before gaining experience throughout the year, starting at mixed hockey and training to improve their confidence, before taking on competitive matches.
Each year, student volunteers from St Andrews head to Stellenbosch, South Africa to take part in an international coach development programme in partnership with Stellenbosch University.
Saints Volunteer, Stellenbosch is a 5-week programme that offers students a unique opportunity to gain practical coaching experience and develop key skills through work integrated learning.
Enrolling as International Students at Stellenbosch University, successful applicants will work alongside the International Global Team as part of the International Summer School, before being placed directly within the broader Stellenbosch community to support a number of local schools.
Members of Saints Hockey have been representing St Andrews in Stellenbosch, South Africa every year for the last 5 years. The Saints Volunteer projects have proven amongst volunteers to be an incredibly rewarding and unforgettable experience – if this sounds like something you’d be interested in, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Whether you are new to the sport or an experienced hockey player, already attend the University or if you are thinking about attending, please get in touch to register your interest and find out more about our club.
The University hosts a Sports Fayre at the beginning of each academic year during Orientation Week, giving prospective players the opportunity to learn about the club and sign up to ‘Give It A Go’ sessions. Members of our committee will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.
Give It A Go
We generally hold our GIAG sessions on the Wednesday of Orientation week (please check our social media channels and the orientation app for updates nearer the time).
Trials are generally held on the Friday of Orientation week, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at your earliest convenience if you are interested in playing on one of our teams.
For any students already playing competitive hockey we urge you to get in touch during the spring/summer so we can determine if you would be suitable to attend our pre-season training camp. Pre-season generally runs 7-9 days before Orientation Week each year.
Please email the club to register your interest: [email protected]
All matriculated students at the University can join the Hockey Club.
Please visit the Saints Sport website for a full list of club membership options, prices and information on how to purchase your membership.