Talent Strategy 2021

Talent Strategy 2021 - A new direction
Our aspiration at England Hockey over the next few years is to work more closely with the hockey community and to bring to reality a shared vision for high quality talent identification and development.
We have now published an update on some of the exciting changes planned for talent development in England; described by Performance Director Ed Barney as 'potentially some of the most significant changes to our pathway in a decade, if not a lifetime.'

We have been asking ourselves what is right for the sport in the long run, and we are grateful to everyone who shared their views on this topic in the Talent Survey earlier this year.

We want to engender change in genuine partnership, we want to create shared ambitions which will see a sport that is exciting and accessible for all. And we want to see a sport that is inclusive and diverse, with a talent pipeline that everyone is proud of.

The intended direction of travel has been published in full in the document below from Ed.

Talent Strategy 2021 - A new direction


In addition, we have a list of Frequently Asked Questions below with further information.

Talent Strategy 2021 - FAQs

Over the next few months, we will be setting up a number of forums and workshops to explore topics and develop the detail. Following on from this, in a few months we hope to share a much more detailed plan for the future of junior talent development.

If you have any further questions, comments or feedback, we encourage you to please email talent@englandhockey.co.uk

We would like to take this opportunity to recognise the hard work, commitment and passion of the people who support junior hockey. We look forward to working alongside you to deliver the next exciting chapter of English hockey.

Timeline to date


18 August

16 July

19 May