Talent Development

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Our responsibility through the Player Pathway is to give players the best experiences and opportunities in which to develop and become the best players they can be. Through a flexible and open system, with players at its heart, the Player Pathway offers young people the opportunity to reach their potential.

Danny Kerry – Senior Women’s Coach

Who’s is the Player Pathway for?

  • All young developing players, whether they simply enjoy playing sport or are the most talented players aiming to become Junior or Senior Internationals
  • Players aged 12 – 17  or 16 – 23+ for NAGS, U21 and Development Squad

What attributes are we developing in our Junior and Senior International Players?

For more info on what we’re looking to develop in players check out the Hockey Hub.

How do players move through the Player Pathway to become Junior or Senior Internationals?

Players move through the Player Pathway at different rates and at different stages of their development. It is important to remember that no two journeys through the Player Pathway are the same; this is illustrated by the player stories below.

Giselle Ansley

Giselle Ansley

Never playing school hockey, Giselle started playing for Dartmouth HC 1st team aged 13, moving the following year to Plymouth HC. Aged 17, Giselle was invited to attend a Performance Centre and played at the Futures Cup but was not selected for the U18 NAGS. A talented cricketer, she continued playing other sports and developing through club hockey. Six months later Giselle was offered a second NAGS trial and, this time, was offered a place on the U18 programme. Moving to Loughborough University, becoming part of the National Performance Centre and selection into the England U21 squad, came in quick succession and Giselle is now a member of the England Senior Squad.

Ben Boon

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Ben began playing hockey at secondary school and, aged 15, agreed with his school that he would no longer play rugby, to allow him to train with Bournemouth HC. In the same year Ben was selected into an U15 Performance Centre, attended HiPAC, and continued to reach Performance Centre level for the next three years. Although he was never selected for Futures Cup or NAGS, Ben continued his development through club hockey, joining Reading HC. Aged 19 Ben was nominated by the club for U21 & Development Squad trials and became a full U21 Squad member in 2014.

Luke Taylor

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Luke played many sports at school including hockey and began playing for East Grinstead senior men aged 15. Luke was selected for Futures Cup and subsequently NAGS at both U16 and U18 level. Moving to Loughborough University in 2014, he was a part of a team who won the British University and College Sport (BUCS) final. Luke was then selected to be a part of the Great Britain U21 squad where he captained his team to victory in the Sultan of Johor Cup in 2015. In January 2016 Luke received his first senior caps for England winning bronze at the EuroHockey Indoor Championships.