The Regional Performance Centre Canterbury (RPC Canterbury) delivers the high performance programme to the Canterbury region.
The programme provides hockey coaching, skill development, strength and conditioning, player case management and specialist services to age-group representatives (U18 and above), national age-group representatives and national players.
The programme develops and supports players that are capable of performing at the national league level and national age-group level while also enhancing the performance of representative teams at the regional level. The programme aims to ultimately produce and support world class Black Sticks players, coaches and officials and nationally identified players living in the Canterbury Region.
Chris Leslie is the RPC Canterbury High Performance Manager (HPM) and coordinates and administers the programme. RPC Canterbury uses the Black Sticks providers - High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ) - to deliver sport science support in line with Hockey New Zealand’s high performance programmes.
The hockey component of the programme is administrated and delivered by the HPM with the assistance of Canterbury’s top high-performance coaches, with specialist coaches also providing support.
RPC Canterbury has four levels; Elite Tier 1, Elite Tier 2 and Development. Each level has two main components to the service and support offered to players, they are hockey skills development and sports science support.
Elite Tier 1 - Players selected may be members of Black Sticks, Development and Junior Black Sticks squads. Players identified as having national potential may also be selected.
Elite Tier 2 - Players selected may be members of Canterbury Senior squads. This tier may also include national age-group squad members and Pathway to Podium players.
Development - Players selected may be members, or potential members, of Canterbury NHL squads, Seniors, U21 and U18 squads.
Trainings run from October through to the end of February. Currently there are 80 players registered in the programme.