James is an extraordinary talent who works incredibly hard to improve his game. He represented his country at 14 years old and has continued to do so every year since. He played at the U21 Junior World Cup in Delhi as the youngest member of the squad. He is a very skilful player and a tenacious defender, predominately representing his country at half back and centre half. He is also a dangerous striker with an excellent backhand and impressive strike rate.
James has been recognised on several occasions for his sportsmanship and leadership. He won the ‘Mike Bull Trophy for fair play’ as a 13 year old and the prestigious Hockey Writers’ Club Junior Player of the Year Award in 2011. He has also captained the England U23 side which won a Bronze medal in the Volvo 6 Nations tournament in Breda.
He was a key member of the GB U21 squad which won the Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia. This was his third year in the tournament, playing in his first at the age of 17. He attended his second Junior World Cup in December 2016 and following this has been selected to train with the Senior Men’s squad. James is now a full-time centralised athlete with his sights firmly set on the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020
James currently plays at Beeston Hockey Club where he won the EH Cup in 2016 while studying at Nottingham Trent University.
- England Senior Indoor
- England U23
- GB U21 Sultan of Johor Cup
- Junior World Cup
- U21 European Bronze Medallist