Sevenoaks Hockey Club selected as England Hockey Junior Talent Academy Host

Credit: Sue Sheeres

SHC, is one of only 17 clubs in the country to be offered the opportunity to host the newly launched England Hockey Junior Talent Academies from September 2022.

Talent Academies will provide multiple opportunities throughout the year for high quality training for the highest potential 15–18-year-old players. Their focus will be on greater talent development, creating more opportunities through which players can be assessed and progressed onto the next level.

Sevenoaks Hockey Club are now a Talent Academy Host

Players can progress to the new Talent Academies via any school, club or County hockey, or a combination of these and the aim will be for it to be deeply diverse and representative of the catchment area it serves.

This will be done not only through regular competition provision, but also through a robust nomination and selection process and through using a new team of scouts who have recently been recruited by England Hockey. In addition, Talent Academies will not be the only route into progress to England and Great Britain national programmes and teams.

Commenting, Club Chair Amanda Manuel, said: “This is an incredible honour for the Club and we are proud to be stewards for this new academy programme.  The opportunities for young, talented players in the area are exciting as it’s all about identifying the future stars of the England and GB teams.”

If you would like to understand more about the SHC Talent Academy journey, please do not hesitate to reach out to Jacqui Hudson on enquiries@sevenoakstalentacademy.org