Ireland awaits for NAGs teams

Ireland awaits for NAGs teams
The England U16 and U18 boys and girls squads will welcome Ireland to Lilleshall on Wednesday 19 February for a series of test matches.
Speaking ahead of the first England age group international matches of 2020, England Hockey Junior Talent Development Manager, Dieter Hill discussed what will be happening during the week:
“The England Age Group programme started back in September when players were invited into an education and assessment phase. The squads are now settled as we go into our first junior international matches.” 

“Three games at this stage of the programme give the squads a real opportunity to test much of the theory and the education as it’s put into practice.
“This camp provides great exposure for all the players involved in the programme. England age group programmes are designed to provide players with a breadth and foundation of experiences at junior international level, supporting their development and trajectory toward a possible future in the GB Elite Development Programme or even senior international players.
“This is the first time some of the players will pull on an England jersey. As with any sport, it’s an absolute privilege to perform and compete for your country. With that privilege comes a little bit of pressure, regardless of whether you are a senior or junior player. One of our objectives is to facilitate experiences and exposure against top European hockey nations so our junior players become a bit more comfortable with the pressure attributed to wearing an England shirt and representing their country.” 

2020 Ireland NAGs

This camp won’t only provide a learning experience for the talented young athletes:
“During the three days we’ve invited club, school and Performance Centre coaches who work with England age group players on a day to day basis to connect with the England environment, establish relationships and in general, consider how the collective stakeholders can collaborate to optimise the support and development of the individual players. We’re delighted to have in excess on 80 coaches who will be coming to Lilleshall to engage with the GB Coach Development team and the squad management teams."
2020 Ireland NAGs

With the Ireland matches providing the first games of 2020 for the Age Group players, there’s plenty more planned in the calendar for the rest of the year: 
“Following the Ireland games, we have an excellent fixture card taking us to the Summer. The USA are visiting us for the first time in May. We’ve also got the Netherlands coming over in Easter in an exchange where we’ll be sending two teams over to Tilburg. 

"We will have further exchanges with Germany and Belgium in June and July across all four squads. For both the England U18’s there’s also an exciting opportunity to go out to Kazan, Russia for the Eurohockey Youth Championships in July. The event brings certain logistical and environmental challenges, but also an amazing development and competition experience for those players selected to perform.”