U21 and Development Programme

U21 and Development Programme
What happens?

Selected players are immersed in a best versus best training and competition environment that supports the development of future senior internationals. Through the highest level training and coaching, players are challenged to become the best that they can be. The programme is delivered by senior international coaches and some of the best coaches from across the country. Training days focus on developing highly skilled players who can consistently execute under pressure. A competition environment (under-21 and under-23) provides the toughest possible international competition with series and tournaments against the best European and sub-continent sides.

How do I get involved?

Players are either selected from the England under-18 squads through recommendation from National Age Group Head Coaches. Or, players are nominated by National League clubs (autumn of each year) to attend trials in February. Following trials players are invited to attend an extended period of the programme for talent confirmation. At this point, players are formally selected to join the programme. In exceptional circumstances, nominations will be taken from National League coaches throughout the year.

Entry and Exit points?

NAGS players may be selected for transition into the under-21/Development Programme at the end of an under-18 programme. High potential NAGS players may receive opportunities to attend the Development Programme whilst playing in NAGS if it is thought to be beneficial for their stretch and development. These players are supported on a case by case basis by the NAGS and Development Programme Managers and Coaches. Players nominated through the club system will enter around February of each year. 

Who is it run by?

The programme is run by the England Hockey, Head Coaches and the Head of Talent Development.