News Item: England Hockey Performance Plan Released
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Posted by YHAWeb Manager
Thursday 19 October 2006 - 19:31:41

England Hockey Performance Plan Released

The long awaited England Performance Plan has been announced. After nearly a year of consultations, discussions and deliberations, the final agreed plan has been unveiled. The object - to achieve top international success - has dictated the exercise from start to finish. The significant decisions reached are summarised below. To see the detailed plan, click here.

Improve club and regional relationships
England Hockey will form a Club Performance Group and a Junior Regional Performance Group to work closely with England Hockey’s Performance Team on the implementation of performance recommendations.

Regionalisation of the Slazenger England Hockey League
There is to be no change to the League structure for season 2007/2008.  England Hockey will be having further discussions with a view to possible changes for the 2008/2009 season.

Number of Registered Players
For the Premier League and Division One from 2007/2008, player registration will be a maximum of 24 players of whom three must be goalkeepers

Slazenger EHL to continue without international players
All Slazenger EHL hockey is to be played irrespective of international player commitments.  England Hockey will make every effort to organise league dates to avoid clashes.

All Slazenger EHL matches to be played on Saturdays to enable training to take place on Sundays
Two Sundays in every month will be prioritised for national and regional training throughout the country.  When it is not a priority weekend, flexibility will be allowed to arrange Sunday games.

England Hockey Cup
No European qualification or national play off qualification will apply to the winners of the England Hockey Cup.  This, together with the likely additional activity for elite players in terms of the proposed expanded indoor season and GB Super League, means that the role of this competition for Slazenger EHL clubs will be part of further consultation.

Expand the Indoor season and re-form international teams for 2008
England Hockey will look to establish a formal extended indoor season that includes regional training and competition through to national and international training and competition.  England’s Men and Women’s indoor sides will play in the European Challenge events in Sheffield in January 2008.

Coaching - appointment of centrally contracted coaches
England Hockey will encourage leading club coaches to apply for national and regional assistant coaching positions with mutual benefit to clubs and England Hockey.

England Hockey plans to establish six hockey academies by April 2007 with at least two being in operation by September 2007.

It must be recognised that the Performance Plan is an ongoing strategy document for England and Great Britain Hockey.  It lays out key performance principles to enhance and improve the quality of the athletes, coaches and overall environment. 

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