Training Information

player pathwayAcademy

The Academy Centres this year are revamped from the previous JAC and JRPC as we move to the new England Hockey Player Pathway.

The Performance Centres have run since January with great success. The aim in Somerset, is to run the Academy Centres in a similar way to the Performance Centres to ensure we are developing our young players to give them every opportunity to progress. With this in mind, the numbers at the Academy Centres will be lower than in the previous JAC’s. There will be more training, competition plus workshops available.

To give everyone an idea of the standard, the players that are at the Performance Centres are like the top 4 (ish) players from each age group in each county. These players would have previously been at JRPC. The next 10-12 players from each county that would have previously been at a JRPC will now be at an Academy Centre. This will mean that the standard at AC will be much higher than at the previous JAC.

Further information about the Player Pathway can be found here CLICK HERE


Selected Players for Academy Centre

Girls selected players CLICK HERE

Boys selected player CLICK HERE



Our County Welfare Officer is Sheila Burridge. If you have any concerns then please contact her

By your child attending the Academy Centre you agree to abide by our England Hockey Code of Behaviour for Spectators and Parents CLICK HERE


AC Training Dates

All training is at King’s College, Taunton, TA1 3LA. Please follow any signs for parking on the day or parking can be found at the front of school. Campus Map CLICK HERE

Training, Competition and Workshop Dates CLICK HERE

Academy Centre Camp Days

These camp days are open to everyone within the AC as well as player at Performance Centres. This also includes those out of our county. We are restricted on numbers and once the course is booked up we will hold a waiting list.

Please see the link below to register on the course. Once you have registered you will be sent an invoice to pay for the day. Cost is 17.50


11th February 2018  – to register Click Here


Strength & Conditioning Workshops

These are open to everyone with the AC and PC. The session will be lead and delivered by James Quirk from Class SW Ltd. They will be specific and functional fun movement based activities for hockey.

Groups will be limited to 12 and will be on a first come first served basis. The cost of the session is £5. Refunds will only be given if 48 hours notice is given. Payment can be made via paypal, payment to be sent to (please only do this if you are able to book on. Please state your child’s name and which session you are paying for)

Friday 19th January 6-7pm @ King’s College, Taunton BOOK HERE

Friday 19th January 7-8pm @ King’s College, Taunton BOOK HERE

Friday 26th January 6-7pm@ King’s College, Taunton

Friday 26th January 7-8pm@ King’s College. Taunton

More dates for January – booking will open for these soon

Coaching Groups

If you are unable to attend a session then please contact your coach directly. Please give availability to your coach for competition so they are able to plan in advance. The contact details below are for the coach that will remain with the group. There will be a head coach and lead coach that will work as a coaching team between two age groups to give players more access to top level coaches as well as developing our coaching team.

U14 Girls – Ruby Terry

U15 Girls – Ruth Fitzmaurice

U16 Girls – Pip Malone

U17 Girls – Mark Petrich

U14 Boys – Ben Thomas

U15 Boys- Malcolm Pressly-Smith

U16 Boys – Andy Reid

U17 Boys – Andy Reid