Perf Centre

perf centre logoThe 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 require 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 opportunities 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. This will change once the Player Pathway System is running.


Performance Centre uses the EH Player Patheay System (PPS). The link is All players are required to complete their registration as quickly as possible.

Players attending for in season transition will be added to the centre for the duration of their transition. This enables them to receive the messages relevant to the session(s) that they will be attending.

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 may be a sensible choice to do both (mainly those with no school hockey) 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 have a policy preventing you from doing both.

Selection and Transition

Selection is the process where we select the squads for the start of a cycle and transition the movement of players during the cycle. From Performance Centre players may transition to and from both NAGS and Academy Centre. This is in line with EH’s 'right player, right environment' guidelines for the Player Pathway.

Transition recognises that players are continually 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. During the sessions the players will train with those already at the Performance Centre. The PC coaches will assess the player against the others nominated, including those from 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 for the following season will be handled through in-season transitions. Though some form of transition/selection evenbts will be scheduled in June 2020.

At the end of the AC programme, the AC coaches will be able to nominate suitable U13 and U14 players for a selection event on June 2020 for the 2020-21 U15 squads.

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

2018/19 Futures Cup

Futures Cup will be at the University of Hertfordshire in St Albans from Wednesday 21 to Saturday 25 August. There will be a training day on Sunday 19 August, the venue will vary by cluster.


There are 16 centres around the country. The that serve the home addresses for players from the South are:

Centre Venue Cluster Operated by Boys' Head Coach Girls' Head Coach
    Guildford Charterhouse School  
Northwood Merchant Taylors' School   East    
Reading HC
South Midlands   Warwick School   Midlands    
Southampton Wellington Sports Ground (KES)     
Tonbridge Tonbridge School      
Weybridge St George's College      

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.

Centres are designed to cover a specific area. Where centres are close or are to the edge of the region that they serve, the centre that a player is allocated may not be the closest one. This is particularly the case west of Northwood.

Channel Islanders £240  (but may have additional sessions organised on the islands to pay for)
U18 DiSE Training Only 

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..

The fees have increased for 2019-20. until now EH have had external funding that they have been able to use to pay for the Head Coaches. This funding stream has been reduced and is only sufficient to play for 50% of the Head Coach fees. Consequently, we have had to increase the fees to cover the shortfall.

NAGS and AASE Participation

  • NAGS: do not attend PC and are not eligible for Futures' Cup
  • DiSE:
    • born 2002: full PC member
    • born 2001: players will still be required to undertake additional performance level coaching, PC is one such environment, others will be authorised on an individual basis but will include things like National League Team squad training.

DiSE Nominations 2019-20

Details have not yet been announced.

Player Videos

England Hockey have released 3 player videos, showcasing thre individual PC players detailing their journey to and experiences at Performance Centre:


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 cannon 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.

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 / unbranded items which are colour compatible.


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. During the selection phase, the emailer can take around 9 hours to send all the emails.

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.

Talent Development Framework

GB Hockey have issued a document aimed at coaches describing what they are trying to achieve through the elite programmes. This document is written in such a way that players and parents will also be able to gain a better understanding of it. There are a number of imbedded videos, so it is available online only, the link is


South News

Pat Welford We are sorry to have to announce the sad passing of Pat Welford, League Secretary for the SCWHL for many years. Our condolences to her family at this sad time. RIP Patsy.

EH Structure Review The proposals from EH are presented at roadshows in July and September. Feedback from clubs and individuals is due by 23 October. For more details from EH email them to register. Ongoing progress is on the EH site. More details.

Time to Listen Workshops EH is running several TTL workshops in September and October. Click here for details.