Junior Development Centres (JDCs) & Junior Academy Centres (JACs)

JAC Girls Competition 2012

Junior Development Centres (JDCs) and Junior Academy Centres (JACs) are local training centres for U13 to U17 age groups. JDCs can be accessed through nominations from schools, clubs or coaches, with JACs open to any hockey player who has been nominated by a Junior Development Centre (JDC) coach.


What is a Junior Development Centre (JDC) and a Junior Academy Centre (JAC)?
JDCs and JACs are local training centres for the U13 to U17 age groups.  JDCs are open to any hockey player who has been nominated by their club, school or coach, with JACs open to any player who has been nominated by a JDC coach. 

After playing for a club or school, attending a JDC is the next step on hockey’s player pathway.  The coach or teacher can nominate a player to attend an assessment for a JDC if and when they think it is appropriate for the player’s development.

After attending a JDC, a JAC is the next step on hockey’s player pathway.  A JDC coach can nominate a player to attend an assessment for a JAC if and when they think it is appropriate for the player’s development. Players who have previously been involved in Junior Regional Performance Centre (JRPC) Tier 2 activity may also attend JACs.

What happens at JDCs and JACs?
Both centres provide regular training sessions where players will receive coaching on the core skills of hockey from appropriately qualified coaches.  As well as training, there will be competition between local JDCs and between JACs at the next level up. The combination of training and competition allows players to develop in a variety of situations and ensures that they are assessed over the whole programme (at both levels) in more than just the competition environment.

Where and when are the JDCs and JACs?
Players will attend whichever JDC or JAC is closest to where they live (or in the case of boarding pupils, where they attend school). The JDC preparation sessions are run between July and September, with the competition days during October and November. The JAC preparation sessions are run between January and March, with the competition days during April and May. June and December are the designated ‘rest’ periods for hockey in the LTAD model.

Information about the location of JDCs is available from clubs, schools, your County Association or England Hockey Regional Office and at www.englandhockey.co.uk/jdclocations.

Who organises the JDCs and JACs?
JDCs and JACs are run by County Hockey Associations or Hockey Development Groups, who appoint coaches, managers and administrators to organise and run all the activity. The manager/administrator will be the main contact regarding nominations, dates and times of the sessions and the coaches will be responsible for the training and competition.

Guides have been put together to support the organising of the competition days – click here to view the JDC 'How to Guide' and here to view the JAC 'How to Guide'.

Is there a cost to attend a JDC or JAC?
A fee will be charged for attending training sessions and competitions. The amount is determined by the local organizers.

What is the next step on the U18 Player Pathway?
Following JDC training and competition, JDC coaches will nominate players to attend Junior Academy Centre (JAC) assessment.  For more information on JACs, please refer to the text above.

Following JAC training and competition, JAC coaches will nominate players to attend Junior Regional Performance Centre (JRPC) assessment.  JRPC Tier one activity runs from July until September (approximate timings) with Tier two activity running from October to November. For more information on JRPCs, please refer to the JRPC web page.

Which Age Group?

Birth Year 2014 JACs 2014 JDCs 2015 JACs 2015 JDCs 2016 JACs 2016 JDCs
1997 Under 17s          
1998 Under 16s Under 17s Under 17s      
1999 Under 15s Under 16s Under 16s Under 17s Under 17s  
2000 Under 14s Under 15s Under 15s Under 16s Under 16s Under 17s
2001 Under 13s Under 14s Under 14s Under 15s Under 15s Under 16s
2002   Under 13s Under 13s Under 14s Under 14s Under 15s
2003       Under 13s Under 13s Under 14s
2004           Under 13s

If you have any questions please contact single-system@englandhockey.co.uk.

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