Sevenoaks Hockey Club make Talent Academy lead announcement

Credit: Sue Sheeres

England Hockey (EH) awarded Sevenoaks Hockey Club a three-year Talent Academy (TA) host licence, which came into effect on July 1st 2022. The club are working hard towards meeting all the criteria to ensure the smooth transition from the previous EH Performance Centre into the new Sevenoaks TA.

This includes forming a TA Management Committee to oversee all the TA activities and recruiting a team of experienced and highly qualified coaches who will operate separate from the Sevenoaks coaching team. To lead these efforts, and to ensure the effective day-to-day operation of the Sevenoaks TA, we are pleased to announce Jacqui Hudson’s appointment as the Sevenoaks TA Lead. Jacqui has been a very active member of the small team of club officials who have been instrumental in achieving the TA license status.

Jacqui has 10 years experience of the EH player pathway and brings to the role over 12 years experience of working in high profile roles within the junior section at the club. The TA Management Committee will be fully committed to ensuring all the players selected to attend the Sevenoaks TA will be extremely well supported on their developmental journey and will be applying the EH Right Athlete Right Environment principals to guide them and their parents. Jacqui will be supported by the Sevenoaks HC Board. However, per the new EH pathway structure the Sevenoaks TA will sit outside the day-to-day running and governance of Sevenoaks HC, and will be managed in close partnership with England Hockey.

For more information around Talent Centres and Talent Academies, including an FAQ for parents, visit: englandhockey.co.uk/media/news/talent-development-details-and-progress-update