Indian hockey stars prepare for Games

Edinburgh has played host to the Indian women’s hockey squad as they train for the upcoming Commonwealth Games.

One of India’s leading players - striker Rani Rampal - believes she and her teammates can win a medal, if they perform to their full potential.


In this short film, Rani Rampal, along with Captain Ritu Rani and Coach Neil Hawgood reveal their ambitions for a podium finish.

Medal hopes

The tournament will feature 10 teams divided into two groups. India are placed along with Canada, New Zealand, Trinidad & Tobago and South Africa in Group A.

Scotland, Australia, England, Malaysia and Wales are in Group B. The top two sides from each group will go forward to the semi-finals.

India play their first match, against Canada, on 24 July followed by New Zealand on 27 July, Trinidad & Tobago on 28 July and South Africa on 30 July.

We had a really good tour to Malaysia where we played and won six tests but that was more about finally being able to play a six-test series where we could just go and experiment with our structures and our style. We walked away not worrying about the results, but knowing that if we get things right we can compete and if we can compete we have the chance to win.

Neil HawgoodCoach, India

World-class facilities

The Peffermill sports complex, part of the University’s Centre for Sport & Exercise, offers some of the finest pitches in Scotland, including 3G surfaces. It is also home to the National Hockey Academy.

Students, staff and alumni will compete for Team Scotland in a host of events at Glasgow 2014, including swimming, squash, athletics and hockey.

43 students, staff and graduates will be involved in Glasgow, nearly double the number associated with the Delhi 2010 Games.