Suffolk Development Centre

Suffolk Development Centre

By Tim Coe
14th May
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2019/2020 Season

Please find below a precis of the text from a recent email received from Suffolk Hockey regarding the upcoming Suffolk Development Centre:-

We want to encourage more entrants to Development Centre. The dates for the Development Centre for the different Age groups are as follows:-

Age GroupTraining Date 1Training Date 2Training Date 3Competition Date
U12 Boys and GirlsJune 23rdJuly 20thBy invitation
U13/U14 Boys and GirlsJuly 21stAugust 29thAugust 30thSept 1st U14; Sept 8th U13
U15/U16/U17 Boys and GirlsJuly 14thAugust 11thSept 1st Girls; Sept 8th Boys

An example of the programme for a day is shown below:-

09:30 Registration
10:00 1st training session
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Tactical talk
13:30 2nd training session
15:30 Game play session
16:00 End of session

Why should a player come to Development Centre?

The way that England Hockey (EH) have designed the Player Pathway, The Development Centre is used to educate players in technical aspects of the game, whereas Academy Centre is used to apply the techniques in game situations and start with the developing of decision making in the game as to what to do and when. Therefore, Development Centre time is when a player can work on the technical aspects of their game with the help of county level coaches. This is particularly relevant to Goal keepers.

Age Groups
Age groups are based on year of birth not school age groups; so:

U12 - 2008
U13 - 2007
U14 - 2006
U15 - 2005
U16 - 2004
U17 - 2003

Please see the Suffolk Hockey website for further details:-

If this is of interest to you, please contact Annemarie Vis at:

The deadline to register is
1. U15/16/17 by 5pm July 1st
2. U13/U14 by 5pm July 16th
3. U12 by 5pm June 10th

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