2 November 2020 Update

In line with the latest government announcement and the attached news article from England Hockey, all hockey activity must be suspended from commencement of the lockdown period on Thursday 5th November.  The remainder of the current BHA Development Centre programme must therefore be placed on hold in the short term.

We aim to recommence activity and complete the programme as soon as possible and will be in touch as soon as we have any further information to offer.  In the meantime, please adhere to current guidelines/restrictions and stay safe.  We hope to see you again in the very near future.



Earlier informarion about the 2020/21 Development Centre programme

The Berkshire Hockey 2020/21 Development Centre programme commenced on 25th September 2020 for girls squads and 2nd October 2020 for boys squads. Please note the revised start date for boys squads. The programme has been developed to comply with England Hockey's Step 4 Return To Play regulations, which all players and parents will have to observe. Upon registration further details of the regulations will be provided.

For these sessions to be successful, all players and parents must read and abide by Berkshire Hockey's Return to Play - Covid-19 Policy.

Dates for the outfield player training schedule are listed below, with all sessions taking place on Friday evenings and each lasting 2 hours starting at either 7pm or 7:15pm (see venue details below). There is a specialised programme for goalkeepers, which will run over a similar timeframe but on a slightly different schedule, details of which are provided following registration.

Boys' Outfield Training Dates

2nd October
16th October
30th October
13th November
27th November

Girls' Outfield Training Dates

25th September
9th October
23rd October
6th November
20th November

Training Locations

U13 squads (birth year 2008) – Reading (sand pitch) and Sonning Hockey Club (7-9pm)
U14 squads (birth year 2007) - Wellington College (7:15-9:15pm)
U15 squads (birth year 2006) - Crosfields School (7-9pm)
U16 squads (birth year 2005) - Slough Hockey Club (7-9pm)
U17 squads (birth year 2004) - Reading Hockey Club (water pitch) (7-9pm) 

Registration for the DC 2020/21 programme is managed through England Hockey’s Player Pathway system. In order to register for the programme, please follow this link https://www.playerpathway.englandhockey.co.uk/members/sign_in. Please ensure that login credentials are retained/recorded as you will need to use these each time you use the portal. Fees for the DC programme this year are £80 per player.

The younger age groups are often heavily subscribed with a waiting list operating. If registration is made after the squad list becomes full, the player will be placed on a waiting list. Please note that that county hockey uses the England Hockey age group system, with squads based on birth year rather than school year. If when you try to regsiter the age group is not available unfortunately it means that squad is full with a waiting list operating. If this is the case, please email the BHA Registrar (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and ask to be added to the waiting list.

Formal confirmation of places on the programme, together with further details of the sessions, will made as soon as possible after registration. Anyone in a position of proven financial hardship is encouraged to apply for assistance by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank you to everyone who has already volunteered to help get this DC programme going.  As a wholly volunteer run organisation we are reliant on offers of help, so please let us know if you would like to be involved in any way - contact details can be found here.