UCLan graduate, Bobby Crutchley, is Head Coach both of the England and Great Britain Hockey teams. He is a former England International hockey player, winning 80 caps for England and Great Britain between 1993 and 1999. Following this, Bobby hung up his stick and took up hockey coaching full-time at the University of Bath.
In 2005, Bobby became Assistant Coach to the England and Great Britain men's team, during which time the team rose from 11th in the world rankings to 4th, including 5th place at the 2008 Olympic Games, 1st at the 2009 European Championships , 4th at the 2010 World Cup and 4th at the 2012 Olympic Games.
At this point, Bobby started on the Masters in Sports Coaching at UCLan in order to aid and develop his progression.
In 2013 Bobby was promoted to Head Coach of the national team, describing it as “his greatest achievement.” In 2014 England made the semi-finals of the World Cup and won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games.
With regards to any advice for graduates hoping to study for a master's, Bobby says: “Do it! As someone who struggled to get motivated to study when I was younger, I have been fortunate that the opportunity to return to studying has enabled me to take my career to a new level.”
He continues: “I am far more self-aware of how my coaching impacts on the athletes and because of this, more confident in my role.”