Futures Cup takes place this week at Cannock

Futures Cup players story

The Futures Cup is the flagship event in the Single System calendar and congratulations must go to all 300 of England’s most promising young hockey players and officials in their achievement in being at the pinnacle of their sport in their age groups.

The event will provide a marvellous opportunity to launch their hockey career and experience what it is like to take part in a top international hockey tournament.

All the young players at The Futures Cup are aged between 15 and 18, and have been training hard at their Junior Regional Performance Centres (JRPC). They have received guidance on fitness, nutrition and lifestyle management as part of their developmental pathway.

Sara Walker, the new England Hockey Single System National Manager, said ‘The structure of this tournament follows that of an International junior event and is a fantastic opportunity for all the athletes and officials to experience the demands of a high level performance environment whilst representing the Wessex Leopards, the Mercia Lynx, the Pennine Pumas or the Saxon Tigers.

‘The athletes will encounter the highs and lows of match play on a national stage with the focus on implementing the skills developed with the help of coaches at all levels, from across the whole country.'

More than 12,000 young people have been a part of the pathway this year, developing at all levels to achieve their potential. The foundation of the Single System pyramid, the Junior Development Centres (JDC), are widely spread throughout England with Junior Academy Centres (JAC) in all counties. Players can progress along the route to the top, learning and sharing their hockey with friends and family.

In addition to providing our young athletes with a vital competitive experience, the Futures Cup offers them an opportunity to showcase their skills and abilities to the National Age Group (NAG) U16 and U18 coaches, who will be in attendance and looking for the best and brightest to represent England.

We’d like to thank everyone who has helped deliver and support the Single System in the past six years. We have a highly rated performance pathway for our young people that we are all proud of. While much of the focus is on the young people on the pitch, the Single System and the Futures Cup offers an ideal training ground for the next generation of those in the vital roles of coaches and team managers from the grass roots to the national arena.

Now entering its sixth year, the Futures Cup will once again be held at Cannock Hockey Club in Staffordshire from Thursday 31st October – Sunday 3rd November. There is no entry fee to watch the tournament but spectators should be aware that there is a parking charge of £3 per day or £5 for the tournament.

Click HERE to view the players who will be on show at the Futures Cup.

Follow online at www.englandhockey.co.uk/futurescup. On Twitter, use the hashtag #FuturesCup

We'll also have updates and photos on our facebook page www.facebook.com/englandhockey