National Age Group Squads
Selected players attend training camps and play international matches often involving overseas travel (NAGS players also attend England Hockey Performance Centres). Players are exposed to professional advice on topics including anti-doping, nutrition, strength and conditioning, injury management and psychology. Selection to the NAGS is the highest honour obtainable by a junior hockey player.
How do I get involved?
Players are invited to attend based on recommendations from Performance Centres coupled with coach observations at the Futures Cup.
Entry and Exit points?
The NAGS Programme begins in November following the Futures Cup. The first part of the programme is an assessment period (November – February) following which, some players may not continue. The full NAGS programme runs from February to July. After July players will continue to be considered for future NAGS programmes through their Performance Centre activity.
Players who are no longer eligible for U18 NAGS may be nominated for the U21/Development Programme (from either NAGS coaches or National League Clubs).
Who is it run by?
The NAGS programme is run by England Hockey. Squads will have access to experienced England Hockey Coaches, Team Managers and Physiotherapists.
For more information on our current NAGS, please click here.