Following trials during the Development Centre (DC) programme, squads are selected and players are invited to attend the Academy Centre (AC) for further training.  The AC is the next step on England Hockey's "Player Pathway" and consists of around ten training sessions held on Friday evenings, together with a series of inter-county match days. The sessions are high intensity, challenging and are designed to build on existing hockey skills at an individual level and promote team play. The sessions usually last for 90 minutes. Training dates for 2022 are as follows:

  • 21st January (U13, U16, U17)
  • 28th January (U14, U15)
  • 4th February (U13, U16, U17)
  • 11th February (U14, U15)
  • 18th February (U13, U16, U17)
  • 25th February (U14, U15)
  • 4th March (All squads)
  • 18th March (All GIRL squads)
  • 25th March (All BOY squads)
  • 22nd April (All squads)

During 2022, inter-county match days as as follows:

  • 13th March 
  • 10th April (All squads except for U13G)
  • 1st May
  • 8th May
  • 15th May (U13G only)
  • 22nd May (NOT all squads)

A small number of players who show the requisite levels of attitude and ability during the Academy Centre programme will be nominated to attend the next step on the England Hockey Player Pathway where they will attend trials and compete for places in regional squads.

Good luck to all players!