What happens in the National Age Group programme?
Selected players attend training camps and play international matches often involving overseas travel. 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. The England Age Group Programme begins in November following the Futures Cup. The first part of the programme is an assessment period from November-February, following which some players may not continue. The full England Age Group Programme runs from February-July.