The new National Performance Centre (NPC) initiatives announced by England Hockey in September 2007 are to be put into practice this year as the pilot scheme kicks off this month.
The East Midlands NPC which will be based at
The scheme has been established by England Hockey and is aimed at 18-23 year-old players who are studying at NPC institutions. As well as specialist coaching there will be world-class strength and conditioning programmes to give athletes top physiotherapy, lifestyle and medical support. There are four centres in total, three of which will be fully operational from September 2008 following the
James Hayter, Director of Sport and Lifestyle at
Head of Performance Sport at
“This exciting new partnership will enable us to build on our history of expertise in elite hockey and will give the country’s best young players the opportunity to continue their studies whilst receiving world class coaching and support.”
David Faulkner, England Hockey Performance Director, said “The NPC will provide athletes with an opportunity to excel in a highly competitive performance environment with support that ensures their educational aspirations are not damaged. At the same time, it will allow the delivery of technical input to enhance skill development and give players the highest quality strength and conditioning, physiotherapy and lifestyle support.”
Sally Munday, England Hockey Development Director, said “The centre is a vital component in our plans to provide a consistent and equitable pathway for players. We were extremely impressed by the enthusiasm and creativity of the bid for this NPC and are very excited about the opportunities that it will offer our talented hockey players.”
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