Athlete Development

Athlete Development

The Canterbury Hockey Association aims to offer a wide range of development opportunities to young athletes in the hockey community. Various programs are run throughout the year to give everyone the chance to be involved and work on their game. All programs are delivered by knowledgeable coaches from both coaching and playing backgrounds to give our athletes the chance to learn from the best.

Our development programmes underwent a slight change in 2019. With the need to reduce confusion and align our two youth development programmes (Hockey Accelerators and Advanced Skills Programme) both programmes for 2019 were run under the name of Hockey Accelerators, with tiers for each programme explained below.


Hockey Accelerators: Foundation Programme

This programme will cater for all athletes from Year 5 to Year 13 and is great for athletes of all skill abilities, whether a newcomer to the sport, or an experienced representative player.

The Foundation Programme runs three times a year with a pre-season programme, a mid-season programme and a post-season programme. All Foundation Programmes look to focus on the following principles:

  • Basic skill development
  • Maximum touches/repetitions
  • Basic positional play
  • General tactical concepts

Hockey Accelerators: Advanced Program 

This programme aligns with each respective representative age-group trial throughout the year (U13, U15 and U18) and focuses on developing skills and knowledge that the representative coaches believe a specific age-group needs to develop. Entry into the programme is not limited, but it is recommended that athletes registering for the programme should have at least a few year's experience, and have already developed a good basic skill set.

All Advanced Programmes will focus on the following principles:

  • Basic skill extension
  • Targeted representative skills
  • 'Advanced' tactics
  • Transitional play 

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