Joe Barker – Hockey Success

Joe Barker was captain of the Scarborough College Boys’ Hockey 1st XI and now plays for the Scottish U21 men’s hockey squad. He’s been selected for the European Championships in July and won sponsorship from Grays Hockey.

Joe’s been training with the Scotland squad at the national hockey centres in Glasgow and Edinburgh since September 2015. He made his debut for the Scottish U21 squad with a comfortable 7-0 win against Cyprus 1st XI in April 2017. Meanwhile, he’s completed the second year of his scholarship programme in Sports Coaching and Physical Education at the University of Worcester, where he is vice-captain of the University men’s hockey 1st XI and head coach for the University Ladies’ 2nd XI. Joe also plays for Worcester City Men’s 1st XI in the Midland Premiership on weekends.

Recently, Joe was selected for the English Universities squad and appointed to its ‘Leadership Group’. Just one week after his international debut for Scotland’s U21 team, Joe played for English Universities against the Scottish and Welsh Universities teams.

Joe has been nominated for University of Worcester’s Male Athlete of the Year award 2016/17.

Unfortunately he can’t attend the ceremony if he wins because he’s collecting his Gold Duke of Edinburgh award at Buckingham Palace the same day.

Many congratulations Joe!