Junior Performance

Player Pathway

England Age Group Programmes supports England at U16 and U18 level. The England age group environment provides players with their first taste of international training camps and tournaments. Involvement on the programme will include exposure to a series of best v best training days, training camps and international competition.

Through England Age Group activity, players have access to experienced coaching and management teams including a squad physiotherapist. Alongside the technical and tactical sessions, players will engage in education workshops led by practitioners working with the English Institute of Sport (EIS) and our senior squads, bringing a connected approach to the education of the appropriate habits and choices for developing hockey players. The education sessions include advice on nutrition, injury management, strength & conditioning and clean sport. Parents will also be supported through education in these areas.

Players will contribute to their own Individual Development Plan and training diaries, as well as access to a web portal where coaches will upload game footage supporting the tactical understanding and technical development of the individuals involved.

Players should be benchmarking their individual development against the END IN MIND characteristics which can be seen below. Further information may be found through the GB Hockey Talent Development Framework by clicking here.

End in Mind
Matchplay and Competitions
Players may, if selected from the training squad be exposed to match play and competition as follows:

Under 16s
- Training camps and matches against Ireland, Holland, Scotland, Germany and Belgium

Under 18s
- Biennial 6 Nations Tournament in July alternating with the EHF U18 Competition
- Training camps and matches against Ireland, Holland, Scotland, Germany and Belgium

How do I get involved?
Players will be invited to attend age group activity primarily through observation and intelligence gathered through Futures Cup, Performance Centre or the DiSE programme.

What are the Entry and Exit Points?
Players are initially invited to attend an assessment phase. Those who are successful will remain in the programme and will not be required to go back into their Performance Centre environment.

Players who are not taken forward at this time will return back to their Performance Centre, Club and/or School environments.

Players who meet the criteria may be invited to enrol on the DiSE programme.

Further information about DiSE can be found by clicking here.

Where players are no longer age eligible for Performance Centre they should return to club where they may be nominated (National League Clubs only) for an England U21 assessment.

Players who are no longer eligible for England U18 may access the U21/ GB Elite Development Programme through either Head Coach recommendations or National League Clubs nominations. National League Club nominations follow a process of communications from November through to the following February when players may be invited in for assessment.

For more information about the England Age Group Programmes and those players invited in for further assessment and observation, click on the relevant sub-page on the left hand side.