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ACTIVE SPORTS HOCKEY 
 
Links: Active Sports Hockey coaching courses
            Active Sports Hockey Framework
            UK Hockey Website
 
This Page: Introduction
                    Stage One
                    Stage Two
                    Stage Three
                    Stage Four
 
Introduction
 
The Active Sports Hockey programme will provide wide-ranging quality opportunities in hockey for young people aged 10-15, including an introduction to club-based hockey for years 6 (top primary) to 10 through festivals, leagues, and local coaching centres. The benefits to hockey include:

YOUNG HOCKEY PLAYERS

Sport England developed this overall approach working in consultation with all ten of the participating sports. But each sport has different development requirements, so each has produced its own specific framework to guide the local programmes.
 
English Hockey has invested considerable thought and effort in planning how to make Active Sports work for our sport. We have produced a detailed framework that we believe will deliver the best results for hockey.
 
The framework consists of four distinct stages.
 
Stage One - Local Schemes
 
Stage One aims to attract those who have already learnt the basics of the game, usually in school, and now wish to take their involvement further. Young players from school Years 6-10 will get the opportunity to participate in new inter-school competitions between September and November, January and March and April and July. These will be coordinated to meet local needs and demands and a hockey coach will be available to help schools prepare their teams. Between September and February we will also be providing short coaching courses for under-13 and under-15 age groups, linked to local clubs to provide the participants with an introduction to those clubs.
 
Click here for details of the next Active Sports Hockey Coaching Courses
 
 
Stage Two - Club Development
 
This stage includes developing and setting up quality junior clubs. These organisations will be responsible for providing regular coaching, competition and social programmes so that young players can continue to improve their skills and enjoy the benefits of regular competition. Such clubs will be developed not only to satisfy Active Sports' minimum standards relating to safe play and equal opportunities, but also to provide quality coaching and competition programmes as advised by English Hockey.
 
Click here for further information on Club Development.
 
Stage Three - Assessment
 
This third stage concentrates on the most effective way of assessing the abilities of those who are participating at local level in schools and clubs and want to take their involvement with hockey further. Young players will be recommended by schools and clubs and, from January to February, will be selected for development squads through a mix of skill tests and game play in one-day open assessment sessions.
 
Stage Four - Development Squads
 
Between February and May, and in July, those under-13 and under-15 year olds identified at Stage Three as having ability and talent will get additional training and assessment at pre-county levels through Sub-Partnership Squads. These will provide quality coaching programmes and introductions to specialist support. The young people will also be eligible for further selection to a Partnership Squad consisting of 25 players. This will in turn give them access to an additional eight hours' training as a final County Squad selection process.
We also feel very strongly as a sport that we could be doing even more to attract those sections of the community that have yet to enjoy hockey. That is why we are committed to using Active Sports as a way of targeting those groups that are under-represented in our sport, especially young people from our most disadvantaged areas.
 
Our programme is now in place and we have trained development teams on hand around the country to ensure that our Hockey Action Groups have everything they need to implement Active Sports at the local level.
 
 
 
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