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EH Player Pathway

The Player Pathway, formerly the Single System will be launched in October 2016.

The Player Pathway provides an environment that helps all junior players realise their potential, whether that means they are the best club player that they can be, seek a lifelong commitment to the game through coaching, or volunteering, or perhaps go on to represent England or Great Britain at junior or senior level.

The Player Pathway is made up of the following tiers:

  • Development Centres – provide a local entry point to the player pathway for U13s - U17s
  • Academy Centres – delivered in 49 counties, provide a high quality talent programme for identified players in U13 – U17 age groups
  • Performance Centres – are based across the country providing frequent, high quality training with the best coaches for U15 and U17 players
  • Futures Cup – supports player development within a high-intensity and pressurised best v best tournament environment
  • Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) - programme provides additional training and sport-related education for U17 players selected from Performance Centres
  • National Age Group Squads (NAGS) – are selected at U16 and U18 age groups for girls and boys. NAGS provides the first taste of international competition for our young players
  • U21/Development Programme – is an elite training environment for players who aim to transition into the senior programme and become world-leading players

Holcombe Hockey Cub hosts both a Development Centre and Academy Centre. A Development Centre is the first rung on the route to England, a chance to be seen by approved EH qualified coaches, followed by assessment and progression. In addition these are simply additional playing/coaching sessions, focussing on delivering to three core areas:

  1. Players who already play for clubs and schools regularly but just want to get more hockey and will happily play with a mixed ability group
  2. Players who play at a club, but whose school does not play, so would like the chance to get additional training.
  3. Players who are not currently attached to a club (for various reasons including playing other sports, clashes with timetables, or simply that they have never tried the sport)

These sessions will now be used as a fun way of children getting more good hockey coaching, focusing on the “Golden Thread” approach (see here for more information) – one key output will be to get those children currently not members of a hockey club to join their “local” club, but this is not a mandatory requirement for further progression within the Player Pathway.

For more information on the Player Pathway within Kent please contact Jon Rye (Co-Chairman and Director of Hockey) or more information on the national perspective please take a look at the England Hockey website.