The England Hockey Board Single System for player development has been in place for a number of years now. Initial results are very encouraging but it is a system that is still developing and we would always welcome any feedback from coaches, teachers, parents or players.
Introduction to the Player Pathway in Derbyshire
Development Centres (DCs) are local training centres for Under 13–17 age groups. They are the next step in hockey’s Player Pathway after school and club. Any player can attend the Derbyshire DCs. Selection or nomination is not required. The Derbyshire Hockey Association will organise and run DCs at the beginning of each hockey season. Players will receive regular training followed by a period of competition. The combination of training and competition allows players to develop in a variety of situations and ensures that they are assessed in more than one competitive environment.
The centres are ‘local’ so that players do not have to travel long distances to attend. Players should attend the centre most convenient for them, and can move between centres on different dates to gain the offered number of hours coaching.
The next step on the Player Pathway is Academy Centres (ACs). These are training centres for the Under 13–17 age group players who have been assessed and selected at DCs. Also, players who have been involved at a Junior Regional Performance Centre in the previous cycle, may attend. There is one AC in Derbyshire – this is County level representative hockey. The Centre will offer training, followed by a period of competition. Players at ACs will be assessed and may be selected for their nearest Regional Performance Centre.
Preparation and training at DC and AC will cover a number of hours of coaching, followed by a similar period of competition. The combination of training and competition allows players to develop in a variety of situations and ensures that they are assessed in more than one competitive environment.
The DERBYSHIRE HOCKEY PLAYER PATHWAY HANDBOOK can be found on the Derbyshire Hockey Development website
Registration to take part in the PLAYER PATHWAY must be completed online at:
Players already registered/already in the system do not need to re-register but MUST check their existing registration details and tick the consent boxes when prompted to do so by a system email.
Please remember, the rules state that we cannot allow players to train without the signed consent form. It is essential therefore that you bring the completed registration form along to your first training session at each centre. Your training fees should be paid by bank transfer prior to your first training session.
NOTE: Players must register via the Player Pathway website. Players already registered should log in and check that all their details are still correct and update as necessary. If you have any problems with the online registration system, in the first instance, please contact the Derbyshire Player Pathway Administrator.