Development Centre

Development Centres are local training centres for the U13 to U16 age groups. Development Centres are open to any hockey player who has been nominated by their club, school or coach.

After playing for a club or school, attending a Development Centre is the next step on hockey’s Player Pathway. The coach or teacher can nominate a player to attend an assessment for a Development Centre if and when they think it is appropriate for the player’s development

If you would like further information on the Development Centres then please go to the England Hockey website or contact our administrator Laura Bennett on

This year they will run from May to June 2018. We will have three centres in Yeovil, Taunton and Street.  Any school or club in Somerset can nominate 5 players to attend.

There will be an initial 3 session assessment, followed by a further two sessions and competition for those selection to attend.

Nominations close 31st March 2018

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Your child has been nominated to attend the Somerset Hockey Development Centre. This is the first step on the England Hockey Player Pathway, further information on this can be found on the England Hockey Website.

Our Development Centre will run a bit different to previous years. All players that have been nominated by a school and club will be accepted into the centres for the first three sessions. These will be assessment sessions and will be an ongoing process. After the first three sessions players will be invited to attend to stay for the remaining sessions and competitions, the final squad will only consist of 18- 20 players.

1 – Training Information –See below the sheet which you can download that contains all the training dates and information. If you can’t attend a session please contact your coach directly

2- Register – You will have registered on the Google form for the assessment sessions.

3- Payment – This will be made in two parts. There will be a charge for the first three sessions and if your child is successful then a further payment will be required. You will receive an email invoice from Paypal to pay for your child’s training. Assessment sessions will be £25, if selected there will be a further £40 for training and competition.

4 – Assessment Sessions – Your child will now attend the three assessment sessions listed on the sheet. After these sessions the coaches will make a selection which will be posted on our website. At this point you will be invited to fully register on the new England Hockey Player Pathway System and an invoice will be sent for the training sessions and competition.

5 – Training Sessions and Competition –  If selected your child will get training and competitions as well as online written feedback from the coaches. At the end of the Development Centre the coaches may nominate your child to have an assessment for our Academy Centre which is the next stage up in the Player Pathway. The trial day for this will be in late September/ early October. The Academy Centre runs over a longer period with a lot more contact time and competition. In old terms it is slightly higher than County level. Further information for the Player Pathway and how players progress further can be found on the England Hockey website.

Kit Players must NOT train in School kit. White socks and white t-shirt with dark shorts/skirt/trousers are the required dress. Players that get a place within the DC will get a Somerset T-shirt. If weather is cold then hoodies/jackets can be worn but no school/club kit. Shin pads and gumshields must be worn by all outfield players or you will not be able to take part. Goal keepers will need to provide their own kit. Most schools and clubs will lend their kits out to players if you ask. This must be fit for purpose and include pelvic guard, throat guard and arm pads.

Only players that have been nominated can attend the Development Centres. Players that have been in the Academy Centre do not need to return to the Development Centres. They will be invited along with any nominated from the Development Centres to the Academy Assessment Day in September.

Age Groups – this is done on year of birth and not school year 

U13 – 2006 birthdays

U14 – 2005 birthdays

U15 –  2004 birthdays

U16 –  2003 birthdays – (Can attend with U15’s or be directly nominated to AC Assessment in September)

U17 – 2002 birthdays – (Will be invited for Academy Assessment in September)

Invoices will be sent out directly through Paypal after 31st March 2018 for all those that have been nominated by their school or club.