Preseason 2021

Posted on January 18, 2021

As we look to 2021 with aspirations of returning to normality for the start of the academic year 2021/22, we appreciate that a large number of students will be applying for University without having been to the University or having had the ability to see around.

We want to try and take the opportunity available in the next few months to engage with prospective students ahead of making final decisions. Many students understandably deferred their entry to university from 2020 to 2021 and we look forward to welcoming you to University this year as well.

If you are interested in signing up to hear more from our Director of Hockey and a current student then please sign up using this link, we will get in touch to either organise a group call or individual calls depending on how many people sign up and availability.

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"Preseason was such a fun way to start at St Andrews. I got to meet so many lovely people before university properly started and got to play hockey everyday, what more could you ask for?!"

Each year we run preseason at the University and the intention is for 2021 to be no different. The format of what will be allowed in August/September this year will hopefully be back to normal but we will not know for sure, if you are interested in signing up for this then please complete this online form.

Normally in preseason players will be split into relevant skills groups and can have either 1 – 2 pitch sessions per day. Educational workshops are run through the week by various members of staff. The individual groups also arrange off pitch socials and activities. The club have arranged fitness sessions on the beach, friendly matches against other local clubs as well as coaching and umpiring courses for those interested.

"I liked preseason because I got to meet other freshers and students in older years in a comfortable environment playing hockey. It made joining a team easier as I had already met people"

In 2020 the University put incoming students into halls earlier than normal and this may still be the case for 2021, if not, then incoming students are welcome to stay with current members of the club prior to moving into halls.

"Preseason was great because of how well we were looked after and welcomed by the older years and our hosts. There were also fun activities outside of hockey like pier jumping which helped me get to know the other freshers!"

By signing up you will be sent information as it becomes available and then connected with players within your skills group ahead of arriving in St Andrews. Preseason is available to all abilities and players will be allocated a relevant group based on the feedback they provide in the form.

All in all, preseason is a great week for new and old students alike. For any further questions you may have please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected] and we look forward to hopefully seeing many of you in August!