South Performance Centres


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The Performance Centres are part of England Hockey's Player Pathway for players between from U14 to U17. It sits between the Academy Centres and NAGS (National Age Group Squads).

Players at Performance Centre may, at their discretion, participate in the Academy Centre programme. Though they should consider their overall sport schedule before doing so. Academy Centres may not requrie you to do both but some may recommend that you only do the Performance Centre.

The positions of NAGS players is not final, but it is expected that those in the U16 squads will be required to participate fully at PC and those in the U18 squads will not. If the U18 players are not required to attend PC then for those eligible for the following season's NAGS squad, a route will be found to engage them in the selection process which may be after Futures' Cup.

The Performance Centres provide a mix of training and game play oportunities between September and July. Following the PC there is Futures' Cup in late August for selected players only.

Click here for a diagrammatic overview of the single system. Click here to view the talent development booklet issued by EH detailing the coaching principals and feedback criteria.

Session Cancellations

A message will appear here if a session is cancelled at short notice due to the weather. It will also be cascaded by email and an item in the main news panel on the website.


Players are asked to report any known absence on the online form on this website. The player number is generally a five digit unique number (it is the number in the payment reference), it is not the shirt number.


A new online player system is in development. It is being trialled for Futures' Cup in August 2017. As an interim measure players will be asked to register using an online form.

Academy Centres

Players at the Performance Level are eligible to participate in the Academy Centres though are not required to do so. They should only do after having considered their total commitment to hockey. There will be some players for whom it will be the right decision to do both and there will be others for whom doing both may cause them to overplay and would not necessarily be a sensible option. Please contact your county co-ordinators for more information. Counties may offer their own advice, some may recommend that you don't do both

2016/ 17 Futures Cup

Squads were announced on the EH Website on 24 July.

Training day is on Sunday 20 August, based in your Cluster (Leopards Marlborough, Lynx Warwick, Tigers Northwood),

Futures Cup is Wednesday 23 to Saturday 26 August at Oaklands College, St Albans, AL4.


2017/18 Cycle Dates   

Monday Evenings Boys  02 Oct  16 Oct
06 Nov
27 Nov
    08 Jan 22 Jan 05 Feb 26 Feb 19 Mar  
  Girls 09 Oct
30 Oct
20 Nov
04 Dec
18 Dec
    15 Jan 29 Jan 19 Feb 12 Mar 26 Mar  
All Day Training All 24 Sep
28 Apr
26 May
16 Jun 07 Jul  
Match Practice All 04 Mar          
Cluster Competition  All 14 Apr
01 Jul 08 Jul
U15 Selection Day ** 10 Jun          

** players eligible for the U15 in 2018-19 (ie currently U14) are expected to attend this session.

A full schedule including venues and times can be viewed or downloaded by clicking the links.

The match practice session involves two centres, half of which will be at the opponents venue.

The dates for Futures Cup may change. Currently it is Wednesday 23 to Saturday 26 August (Bank Holiday weekend), the prep day may be moved to Sunday 20 August making the residential stay one day shorter.


There are 17 centres around the country. The closest centres for those in the South are:

Centre Venue Cluster Boys' Head Coach Girls' Head Coach
Caterham School Tigers Nick Giles Peter Friend
    Guildford Charterhouse School Leopards  Steve Hardy Mark Robinson
Northwood Merchant Taylors' School Tigers operated by East
Reading HC
Lynx Duncan Buckmaster
South Midlands   Warwick School Lynx operated by Midlands
Southampton Wellington Sports Ground (KES)  Leopards Merijn van Willigen Merijn van Willigen
Tonbridge Tonbridge School Tigers Jimmy Culnane Leigh Maasdorp
Weybridge St George's College Lynx Mike Hughes Niall Mutch

Players who are at a boarding school a significant distance from home should join the centre based on their term-time address and then may, by prior arrangement, visit the centre closer to their home during the holidays.

We tried to allocate players to their nearest centre. However, as the number of players at each centre is fixed and the centre is not always in the middle of the catchment area, players may not have been allocated their nearest centre.


U18 AASE Training Only 

The position of NAGS and AASE players is changing for 2017-18:

  • U18 NAGS: unlikely to required to attend PC, if so those born in 2001 and eligible for 2018-19 NAGS will be re-introduced in to selection process, but it may be after Futures' Cup
  • U16 NAGS: attend PC and are full members
  • AASE: EH are invesitigating a range of options for those born in 2000 and too old for 2018-19 NAGS selection, one of which will be PC. Those born in 2001 and still eligible for NAGS Selection will be required to attend PC.

For those attending a South run centre the fees can either be paid to sort code 30-92-45 account 43681268 (Southern Counties HA). You will have been provided with a personalised reference which should be included on the payment. If you have forgotten your reference or are unable to pay using online payments please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Goalkeepers will at the same location and at the time as the rest of their squad. The Golden Thread principle that governs the training format uses game play situations for most of the coaching. Whilst there will be some specialist goalkeeper training they will be involved in more of the exercises. These exercises will be designed so that the goalkeepers can take a full part in them rather than just being cnnon fodder for a final shot at goal. 

Goalkeepers are expected to provide their own kit, this to include helmet, throat protector, chest pad, arm and elbow protection, gloves, abdominal protector, leg pads and kickers.


perf centre kit

Performance Centre kit is available to purchase from the EH Shop website. It is on a hidden page, if you need the link please email Tony.

Players are required to buy the playing shirts or the goalkeeping smock. These need a pre-allocated shirt number, please contact Tony if you don't have yours. The white shirt will not be available for dispatch until late August 2017.

Outfield players are also required to have navy shorts (boys), navy skorts (girls), navy socks and white socks. These may be those from the site, any Adidas items or any unbranded items.


Communication will be by email, much of what will be sent will be large batches of individually addressed emails. It is inevitable that some of these will be caught by spam filters. If you are expecting one of these mass emails from the central administration please click here to view the emails that have been sent and any planned schedule for future mass emails.

Selection and Transition

 It recognises that players are contually developing and that it may be appropriate for a player to be awarded a place at any stage of the cycle. Academy Centres (ACs) may recommend players for transition and a suitable PC session or sessions used for the assessment. The PC coaches will assess the player against the others nominated, including those for other ACs, and those already at PC and decide whether it is appropriate to offer a place. A nomination is not a guarantee of a place.

It is hoped that all selection for the U17 squads will be handled through in-season transitions. No extra sessions are planned.

Based on EH's 'right player, right environment' players will be able to move between AC and PC and also PC to AC during the cycle. AC coaches will be able nominate those players who are significantly outperforming their peers for immediate transition. These players will be assessed as soon as pratical. A nomination your AC is not a guarantee of a PC place. Players who move from PC to AC will be told by their PC coach which components of their game need to be sharpened up for them to be re-admitted to the PC.

The transition programme was limited in 2016-17. However, it is hoped to be fully operational in 2017-18.

At the end of the AC programme, the AC coaches will be able to nominate duitable U13 and U14 players for a selection event on 10 June 18 for the 2018-19 U15 squads. This will incorporate those players currently in their AC U13 and U14 teams alongside those at PC of the same age.

EH have produced a number of guides for selection and transition.Please click the appropriate link below:

AC Coach Engagement Days

No specific engagement days are currently planned but AC coaches may request to observe Performance Centre sessions at South Centres. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you wish to attend. If there is a particular demand at one centre, a specific event may be laid on.

We are expecting to get PC coaches to some of the AC match sessions to see the players and also advise the AC coaches on the sort of player that they are expecting at PC.



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