England Hockey Single System
Maidstone Hockey Club is proud to be the base for one of the Kent Junior Academies (JAC). The other JDCs and JACs are spread around the County. See the Junior County Co-ordinator (below).
These Centres are part of England Hockey's "Single System" plan to ensure a clear and consistent pathway for juniors (girls and boys) aged between 12 and 17 to progress from their Club or school through to (potentially) national level. The first step for talented youngsters is selection for one of the JDCs - the best will progress to the Kent Junior Academy - the best again (U15s upwards) will move on to a Junior Regional Performance Centre (JRPC) - the best again (U15s upwards) will progress to a High Performance Assessment Camp (HPAC) - and then potentially the national squad (U16 upwards). Youngsters will receive quality coaching and development opportunities.
The system in Kent is led by a Junior County Co-ordinator (see below), who has the support of a sub group from Kent Hockey Association. The KHA is ultimately responsible in this county.
Kent Junior Academy
On Sunday afternoon 8th December 2013 JDC players (Boys U13s & U17s), put forward by their coaches,competed in a final JAC assessment. These were whittled down to about 30 in each age group.
The JAC coaching sessions proper started on 12th January 2014, and run until the end of March. Matches with other Counties are arranged.
Head Coach: George Lovegrove - 07706 641675