U15 Extension Programme

U15 Extension Programme

Following Hockey New Zealand’s recent Strategy Delivery Review, it was determined that from 2021 there would no longer be national tournaments for representative age group teams below the national Under 18 tournaments.

Instead of running national tournaments, associations have been tasked with providing quality development focused opportunities that reach a broad base of participants, are fun, affordable, and focused on skill development and progression. In line with these recommendations, Canterbury Hockey are excited to implement the 2021 Canterbury Hockey Under 13 and 15 Extension Programmes.

For further information about why we are delivering our ‘Extension Programme’s instead of age group representative teams, please refer to the ‘WHY Under 13 and 15 Changes 2021 document. Please CLICK HERE to view this document.

Programme Purpose:

Provide an inclusive development opportunity that extends 13–15-year-old (under 15) athletes, and coaches and umpires of this age group, beyond the experiences they receive in club/school hockey.

Programme Objectives:

  • Provide participants with a high-quality development focused experience that they will enjoy
  • Capture a large pool of participants and support them to reach their potential
  • Develop targeted principles and concepts that will benefit participants long term development 
  • Ensure athlete welfare and workload is managed effectively


Athletes - open registration for under 15 athletes who want to participate in an extension-focused development programme and meet the below criteria:

  • Must be Year 9, 10 & 11 at school and under the age of 15 as of 1 January 2021.
  • Must play for a club or school team entered in Canterbury Hockey’s winter competitions.
  • Must have a minimum of at least 1 year playing experience for a club/school team.

If you do not fit the above criteria and would like to enquire about registering, please contact Canterbury Hockey. 

Coaches – open registration for coaches coaching in this or a similar age group. Please CLICK HERE for more information and coach registration. 

Umpires – open registration for umpires umpiring in the Platinum/Secondary school space. Please CLICK HERE for more information and umpire registration.


Phase 1 – Development Camp 21, 22 & 23 July (week 2 school holidays)

Phase 2 – Tournament & Festival Events

  • Canterbury festival event late September/early October (dependent on registration numbers)
  • South Island Tournament 3-7 October
  • There will be a short pre-tournament/festival training campaign.
  • 3-6 x week training programme (1-2 sessions per week).

Phase 1 Detail:

  • Three-day development camp that will consist of a mixture of training and match play. It is expected for the first two days of the camp players will attend either a morning or an afternoon slot between 9:00am to 4:00pm. Day three will be run over a full day.
  • Canterbury to host this at Nunweek Park and Nga Puna Wai.
  • If players are involved in any school tournaments or camps during the July school holidays it is Canterbury Hockey's preference they do not take part in Phase 1.

Phase 2 Detail:

  • South Island Tournament & Regional Festival.
  • Associations throughout the South Island to take part in the tournament
  • *More details to come.

Participants can choose to take part in only one phase of the programme, however our preference is that athletes who are taking part in phase 2 have already completed phase 1.


Phase 1: Approximately $100.00. This will cover a training shirt, turf hire, training gear, coach and umpire development/support and administration-based costs. If payment is an issue please contact Canterbury Hockey directly. 

The final cost will be determined once we have a better indication of registration numbers. It is our intent to make the programme as cost effective as possible.

Phase 2: Costs will be determined following phase 1.

For Frequently Asked Questions about the U13 & U15 Extension Programme please CLICK HERE.

For any questions please contact: co-ordinator@canterburyhockey.org.nz

Registration has now closed.

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