Performance Centre

Provides frequent high quality training for 14-17 year olds


Performance Centre Activity for 2021-22

Performance Centres will be run by England Hockey and managed by Centre Managers.  16 centres will provide training and competition opportunities for selected players. The assessment phase will take place in September and October with final squads determined for Phase 2 running from November to July. 

Centre Managers

Centre ManagerPerformance CentreEH Email
Anne Marie

Jon Marshall (Boys)

Clair Langley(Girls)

West Midlands

Shirley HasenauerSouth

Getting involved

Players are nominated to attend a Performance Centre by their Academy Centre to the Centre Manager. Players can be nominated from the U15 and U17 age groups. Players who consistently demonstrate strong skills are invited to Performance Centres.

If you are not selected for a Performance Centre do not worry, you should continue to develop your hockey through school, club, and Academy Centre activity. You may be nominated to attend a Performance Centre later in the season.

Entry and Exit points

The Performance Centre assessment phase will begin in September. Players from the previous cycle and newly nominated players will be invited to attend the assessment phase at one of the Performance Centres. After these sessions squads will be reduced to 24 players for 1 November 2021. Players not remaining in the Performance Centre environment should return to Academy Centre.

Players can continue to transition, after assessment, from Academy Centres throughout the cycle.

Performance Centre Dates 2021-22

Performance Centre GirlsPerformance Centre Boys
Sunday 12 September 21Sunday 12 September 21
Sunday 19 September 21Sunday 19 September 21
Monday 27 September 21Monday 4 October 21
Monday 11 October 21Monday 18 October 21
Sunday 24 October 21Sunday 24 October 21
Monday 1 November 21Monday 8 November 21
Monday 22 November 21Monday 15 November 21
Sunday 2 January 22Sunday 2 January 22
Monday 24 January 22Monday 17 January 22
Sunday 30 January 22Sunday 30 January 22
Monday 14 February 22Monday 7 February 22
Monday 7 March 22Monday 21 February 22
Monday 21 March 22Monday 14 March 22
Sunday 10 April 22Sunday 10 April 22
Sunday 1 May 22Sunday 1 May 22
Sunday 19 June 22Sunday 19 June 22
Sunday 3 July 22Sunday 3 July 22
Sunday 10 July 22Sunday 10 July 22

England Age Group Programme and Performance Centre

Any player in the England Age Group Programme will not attend Performance Centre.

However, subject to agreement with the Junior Talent Development Manager and the  Performance Centre Head Coach an England Age Group player may attend Performance Centre as an additional training environment.

Attending more than one Performance Centre

Players who cannot reasonably be expected to travel to the same Performance Centre from both their residential (home) address and their school address will be allowed to attend two centres.

Talent Development – A new way forward  

Performance Centre activity will continue in 2021-22 to support player development.  The end of the 2021-22 cycle will signal the end of Performance Centre delivery and the transition to the new Talent System including the introduction of Talent Academies hosted by clubs.    

England Hockey is hugely excited by the opportunity to evolve and grow junior talent development provision across the country supporting coaches, clubs, schools, and counties to provide positive enriching experiences for young talented players.  

More information about the Future Talent Strategy can be found on the website. 

To gain an understanding of what it's like to attend a Performance Centre, please watch the  video below.