England Age Group Programme

The England age group programme provides players with their first taste of international training camps and tournaments


Selection to the England Age Group Programmes is a significant milestone for a junior hockey player.

England Age Group Programme Activity

Players will experience a best versus best training environment, either through training days or training camps leading to exposure of playing top European nations to include Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Ireland and Home Nations in camp based activity or tournament. Players' education is delivered by specialists in the field of anti-doping, nutrition, strength and conditioning, injury management and psychology, with parents and guardians invited to immerse themselves in the education content.

How To Get Involved

Players are invited into the England Age Group environment after observation has taken place through one of a trials process, Futures Cup performance, School Games performances or evidence based, external coach recommendation.

Entry And Exit Points

The England Age Group Programme traditionally begins in September. The first part of the programme is an assessment period leading to a further selection point before final training squads are announced and these players are considered for matches and competition throughout the remainder of the programme.

Players who are no longer eligible for U18 England activity as they are too old, maybe nominated for the England U21 programme by the England U18 coaches. Players outside of the England age group programmes may be nominated for England U21 assessment by their National League clubs as part of an invitation process that takes place annually.

England Age Group Programme

The England Age Group Programme is run by England Hockey.  Players will have access to experienced England Hockey coaches, team managers, physiotherapists and specialists who will support, guide and facilitate a high-quality environment to develop high-performance players.

England Age Group Observation Squads Update 

Players have been selected to the England Age Group Observation Squads from Futures Cup, School Games, Open Trials and previous England Age Group squads.

England Age Group coaches have continued to observe the young players and have named the below England Age Group observation squads for December and January training activity: 

The listed players will continue with England Age Group observation and assessment activity, working towards a place in the final training squad.