Perf Centre

perf centre logoThe Performance Centres are part of England Hockey's Player Pathway for players between from U14 to U17. It sits between the Academy Centres and NAGS (National Age Group Squads).

Players at Performance Centre may, at their discretion, participate in the Academy Centre programme. Though they should consider their overall sport schedule before doing so. The PC weekend sessions between January and May clash with AC dates. Academy Centres may not require you to do both but some may recommend that you only do the Performance Centre.

The Performance Centres provide a mix of training and game play opportunities between September and July. Following the PC there is Futures' Cup in late August for selected players only.

Click here for a diagrammatic overview of the single system. Click here to view the talent development booklet issued by EH detailing the coaching principals and feedback criteria.

Session Cancellations

A message will appear here if a session is cancelled at short notice due to the weather. It will also be cascaded by email and an item in the main news panel on the website.


Players are asked to report any known absence. Different Centre Managers ask for these in different ways.


Performance Centre uses the EH Player Patheay System (PPS). The link is All players are required to complete their registration as quickly as possible.

Players attending for in season transition will be added to the centre for the duration of their transition. This enables them to receive the messages relevant to the session(s) that they will be attending.

Academy Centres

Players at the Performance Level are eligible to participate in the Academy Centres though are not required to do so. They should only do after having considered their total commitment to hockey. There will be some players for whom it may be a sensible choice to do both (mainly those with no school hockey) and there will be others for whom doing both may cause them to overplay and would not necessarily be a sensible option. Please contact your county co-ordinators for more information. Counties may offer their own advice, some have a policy preventing you from doing both.

Selection and Transition

Selection is the process where we select the squads for the start of a cycle and transition the movement of players during the cycle. From Performance Centre players may transition to and from both NAGS and Academy Centre. This is in line with EH’s 'right player, right environment' guidelines for the Player Pathway.

Transition recognises that players are continually developing and that it may be appropriate for a player to be awarded a place at any stage of the cycle. Academy Centres (ACs) may recommend players for transition and a suitable PC session or sessions used for the assessment. During the sessions the players will train with those already at the Performance Centre. The PC coaches will assess the player against the others nominated, including those from other ACs, and those already at PC and decide whether it is appropriate to offer a place. A nomination is not a guarantee of a place.

The selection for the 2020-21 Performance Centre has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The timing and exact process will not be the same as usual. We will adhere to the general principles as much as possible.

EH have produced a number of guides for selection and transition. Please click the appropriate link below:


There are 16 centres around the country. The that serve the home addresses for players from the South are:

Centre Venue Cluster Operated by Boys' Head Coach Girls' Head Coach
    Guildford Highfield School Tigers Ben Allberry Pete Crook
Northwood Merchant Taylors' School Tigers East Kate Porter
Reading HC Lynx Paul Dunleavy
Steve Hardy
South Midlands   Warwick School Lynx Midlands Chris Davis Gurdip Sandhu
Southampton Wellington Sports Ground (KES)  Leopards Jem Evans Mark Ramage
Tonbridge Tonbridge School Tigers Leon Webster George Lovegrove
Weybridge KCS, Kingsway PF Leopards 
Helen Jelley
Matt Dean

Players who are at a boarding school a significant distance from home should join the centre based on their term-time address and then may, by prior arrangement, visit the centre closer to their home during the holidays.

Centres are designed to cover a specific area. Where centres are close or are to the edge of the region that they serve, the centre that a player is allocated may not be the closest one. This is particularly the case west of Northwood.

Fees (2020-21)
£tbc there will be a separate fee per cohort based on teh number of sessions delivered
Channel Islanders £tbc  (but may have additional sessions organised on the islands to pay for)
U18 DiSE Training Only 

For those attending a South run centre the fees can either be paid to sort code 30-92-45 account 43681268 (Southern Counties HA). You will have been provided with a personalised reference which should be included on the payment. If you have forgotten your reference or are unable to pay using online payments, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

NAGS and AASE Participation

  • NAGS: do not attend PC and are not eligible for Futures' Cup
  • DiSE:
    • born 2004: full PC member
    • born 2003: players will still be required to undertake additional performance level coaching, PC is one such environment, others will be authorised on an individual basis but will include things like National League Team squad training.

DiSE Nominations 2020-21

Players who are eligible for DiSE will be contacted directly by EH.

Eligibility for DiSE has been changed this year. Those in private education are only eligible if they are eligible to receive at least a 50% means-tested bursary from their school. If you are eligible for such a bursary but receive a larger assessed scholarship you are still eligible for DiSE.

Player Videos

England Hockey have released 3 player videos, showcasing thre individual PC players detailing their journey to and experiences at Performance Centre:


Goalkeepers will at the same location and at the time as the rest of their squad. The Golden Thread principle that governs the training format uses game play situations for most of the coaching. Whilst there will be some specialist goalkeeper training they will be involved in more of the exercises. These exercises will be designed so that the goalkeepers can take a full part in them rather than just being cannon fodder for a final shot at goal. 

Goalkeepers are expected to provide their own kit, this to include helmet, throat protector, chest pad, arm and elbow protection, gloves, abdominal protector, leg pads and kickers.


perf centre kit

Performance Centre kit is available to purchase from the EH Shop website. It is on a hidden page, if you need the link please email Tony.

Players are required to buy the playing shirts or the goalkeeping smock. These need a pre-allocated shirt number, please contact Tony if you don't have yours.

Outfield players are also required to have navy shorts (boys), navy skorts (girls), navy socks and white socks. These may be those from the site, any Adidas / unbranded items which are colour compatible.


Communication will be by email, much of what will be sent will be large batches of individually addressed emails. It is inevitable that some of these will be caught by spam filters. During the selection phase, the emailer can take around 9 hours to send all the emails.

AC Coach Engagement Days

No specific engagement days are currently planned but AC coaches may request to observe Performance Centre sessions at South Centres. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you wish to attend. If there is a particular demand at one centre, a specific event may be laid on.

We are expecting to get PC coaches to some of the AC match sessions to see the players and also advise the AC coaches on the sort of player that they are expecting at PC.

Talent Development Framework

GB Hockey have issued a document aimed at coaches describing what they are trying to achieve through the elite programmes. This document is written in such a way that players and parents will also be able to gain a better understanding of it. There are a number of imbedded videos, so it is available online only, the link is


South News

Chris Burton It is with great sadness that we report the death of Chris Burton ('Burty'). He did a significant amount of work for hockey over the last 40 years as an umpire, umpire coach, appointment secretary, league administrator and several strong club affiliations. You will be much missed. Fineral 12:00 02 August at North East Surrey Crematorium, Merton, SM4 4NU.

Women's Masters Only the Over 65 Women have a regional tournament this year. There will be a festival for all in the South on 25 July at Basingstoke.