The England Hockey Performance Centre squads for 2017 has been announced. This is the start of an exciting development to The England Hockey Player Pathway.
There will be seventeen Performance Centres strategically located across England to maximise opportunity and player development. Through this model England Hockey want to move talent development to a higher level by providing frequent, high quality contact time for a targeted group of players with appropriate competition to support player development, in order to develop an oversupply of high calibre players for National Age Group Squads.
Players attend evening training sessions and take part in weekend training and competition, meeting approximately twice a month. There are 17 Performance Centres across the Country, and players will attend the centre closest to them.
As part of the Performance Centre programme, centres will compete against each other. There are two types of Performance Centre competition:
Cluster Competitions are held between four or five Performance Centres at a central location. Each squad plays two matches per competition. There will be three Cluster Competitions per season.
Training Competitions are held between two or three Performance Centres and will usually be held at a current centre location. Squads will take part in training followed by a match or triangular fixture with the other squad/s attending the competition day.
How do I get involved?
- Players are usually nominated to attend a Performance Centre by their Academy Centre Coaches.
- Players can be nominated from age 14-17.
- Players who consistently show their talent and potential are invited to attend Performance Centres.
If you are not selected for a Performance Centre don’t worry, you should continue to develop your hockey through school, club and Academy Centre activity. You may be nominated later in the season and can be nominated to attend a Performance Centre up to age 17.
Entry and Exit points?
Players enter Performance Centres at the start of the season (this will normally be September, apart from in 2017 where players will enter in January). There are then two points during the year where they may return to Academy Centres. At the end of the Performance Centre programme in July, players may be selected to attend the England Hockey Futures Cup.
Who is it run by?
Performance Centres are run by the regions, are lead by Performance Centre Head Coaches and are supported by Centre Managers and Administrators. Contact details will be available in Autumn 2016 in time for the Performance Centre launch in January 2017.
Our performance centres are run by WEST HOCKEY