UWE chosen as regional centre of excellence for hockey

Issue date: 01 May 2009

Hockey match at UWE's Centre for Sport On the eve of the national league playoffs, the University of the West of England is pleased to announce that it has been chosen to host one of the twelve Junior Regional Performance Centres as just revealed by England Hockey.

The newly designated centres form an integral part of England Hockey's Single System Player Pathway. The aim of the Single System is to make opportunities within hockey equitable and consistent and to ensure that an appropriate level of coaching, competition and training is made available to talented young players.

UWE's top-class hockey facilities were chosen following an extensive tendering process involving nearly 60 sites across the country.

Richard Bennett of UWE's Centre for Sport said, “We are delighted that UWE has been chosen as one of the successful venues for introducing the new system. Securing the JRPC centre is a reflection of both our investment in facilities as well as our close working relationship with our community partner clubs; Bristol-UWE Hockey club, and Redland-UWE Ladies Hockey Club.”

Through the Junior Regional Performance Centres, England Hockey aims to maximise the chance that all players have of fulfilling their potential by ensuring exposure to elite level coaches in a high quality environment. The first training sessions will take place in June this year as part of the JRPC Tier 1 activity for the U15 to U18 age groups. This activity leads to possible selection for the England Hockey Futures Cup and High Performance Assessment Camps (HiPACs) and the opportunity to be selected for England at U16 and U18 level.

Sally Munday, England Hockey CEO, said, “This is a significant step in the implementation of the Single System. We have worked with the five Regional Hockey Associations to appoint these centres across the country and the partnership with these 12 Centres will provide increased opportunities for young people to access good quality coaching closer to home.”

David Faulkner, England Hockey Performance Director, said: “This structure will have significant impact on our young players' lifestyles, which we believe will lead to far greater development opportunities supported by an improved training culture and coaching exposure.”

For further information on the EHL National Playoffs (2-4 May) taking place at UWE's Centre for Sport - please see the Event Programme

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