Each year Berkshire Hockey runs a major development and competition programme for young people aged 11 to 17. Our Development Centres for the U13 – U14 age groups start in May and the U15 – U17 age groups run from September. Our Academy Centres start in January.

Berkshire do not currently take part in the Men’s or Women’s Senior County Championship.

These pages contain more information on playing hockey for Berkshire.

Development Centres

The England Hockey Board has laid out the "Player Pathway" as a development path for players, coaches and officials of all ages and abilities to reach their full potential. After playing for a club or school, attending a Development Centre (DC) is the next step on a young hockey player’s progression.

DCs are local training centres for the U13 to U17 age groups. DCs are open to any hockey player.

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Academy Centres

After attending a DC, an Academy Centre (AC) is the next step on a junior hockey player's path.  A DC coach can nominate a player to attend an assessment for an AC if and when they think it is appropriate for the player’s development. Players who have previously been involved in Performance Centre (PC) activity may also attend ACs.

Berkshire Hockey Association runs the ACs for Berkshire. The Berkshire playing squads are drawn from those players who have attended the ACs.

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Berkshire Hockey do not currently enter Senior County Championships.