The England Hockey Player Pathway is the development pathway for players, coaches and officials of all ages and abilities to reach their full potential. It is based on Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) principles that put the participant at the centre of all decisions, with extensive scientific research that has been widely accepted by the majority of other major sports within England.
What is the England Hockey Player Pathway made up of?
The Pathway encompasses the whole of the hockey landscape which includes club and school activity as well as the Player Pathway development centres. When people talk about the Player Pathway it is often mistaken as just the development centres, e.g. DCs, ACs, PCs etc, but it is important to look at the hockey a player gets in all environments.
Why does hockey have a Single System?
The purpose of the Pathway is to make opportunities for participants fair, equitable and consistent. It is to ensure that a suitable level of coaching and competition is offered for people at the appropriate stage of their development and to maximise the chance they have of fulfilling their potential whether that potential is as a club or International player, coach or official.
How can I access the Pathway?
The Pathway can be accessed by playing at school, a local club or attending one of the local Pathway centres. There is one entry point into the Pathway centres which is at Development Centre level. The first time a player accesses the player pathway they must enter at DC level.
Please see below the Pathway diagram (needs replacing with current graphic but principles are still very similar).
Each year around March/April Amersham & Chalfont HC nominate junior players to the Buckinghamshire Development Centres (DCs) from relevant age groups. Some age groups have high numbers across the county so Bucks Hockey will run 2 or maybe 3 centres for this age group/gender so that players don't have to travel too far.
ACHC are proud that we have had many players going even further to be selected for PC and now Futures Cup. But we've yet to have some go on to England....COULD IT BE YOU!?
If you have any questions you would like to ask about The England Hockey Player Pathway and how it works then see
This has many sections for you to read about the system. Alternatively email or chat to Emma Hewitt on firstname.lastname@example.org for ACHC specific questions.