Cambridge City Hockey Club selected to host England Hockey talent academy
Cambridge City Hockey Club could become one of the key centres for developing future stars of the international game.
The club, which is based at the University of Cambridge’s Wilberforce Road Sports Ground, has been invited by England Hockey to host a talent academy in Cambridge.
It is part of a plan by the governing body to introduce a new talent system, and would see the Cambridge Talent Academy (CTA) select and develop 25 to 30 boys and girls aged between 15 and 18 from schools, clubs and counties in the catchment area with the potential to make it to the highest level.
The CTA will be delivered by City in collaboration with Cambridge University and other local institutions.
City chairman and CEO Mark Brookes said: “We are delighted and proud that CCHC has been invited to deliver the Cambridge Talent Academy.
“It reflects the hard work and thought that our team has put into how we can strengthen hockey here and across the region.
“We look forward to working with clubs, schools and counties to ensure we can broaden access and that as many young people as possible have the opportunity to develop and compete at the highest level.”
City are one of 17 clubs nationally who have been invited to host a talent academy for the next three years.
Selection for the talent academies in 2022 will take place in August and September with players identified through the performance centre cycle and challenge cup, and an open nomination process for non-performance centre players by schools, clubs and counties.