Each year Berkshire Hockey runs a major development and competition programme for young people aged 11 to 17. Our Development Centres for the U13 – U14 age groups start in May and the U15 – U17 age groups run from September. Our Academy Centres start in January.

Berkshire do not currently take part in the Men’s or Women’s Senior County Championship.

These pages contain more information on playing hockey for Berkshire.

Development Centres

The England Hockey Board has laid out the "Player Pathway" as a development path for players, coaches and officials of all ages and abilities to reach their full potential. After playing for a club or school, attending a Development Centre (DC) is the next step on a young hockey player’s progression.

Development Centres are local training centres for the U13 to U17 age groups and are are open to any hockey player.

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Academy Centres

After attending a Development Centre, coaches can nominate players to attend an Academy Centre if/when they think it is appropriate for the player’s development.  The Academy Centre programme is a series of high intensity training sessions designed to optimise a player's ability and improve existing skills.  It is the next stage in a player's development within the England Hockey Player Pathway system.  Players who have previously been involved in Performance Centre (PC) activity may also attend ACs within their existing county without attending a Development Centre.

County playing squads are selected from those players attending the current Academy Centre programme.

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Berkshire Hockey do not currently enter Senior County Championships.