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Nominations for the 2019/2020 program are now OPEN!  Click HERE to nominate!


Trial information: Sunday 13th October at Newcastle International Hockey Centre


Boys: 9am - 12pm    Girls: 1pm - 4pm


First Session: High Performance Athlete Combine - Saturday 26th October (all day) Venue: Hunter Sports High


See draft calendar for the Hockey Program HERE!



Head coach: Ben Brown 


The Hunter Academy of Sport (HAS) hockey program plays a vital role in the Hockey NSW pathway by identifying, monitoring and developing the skills of young hockey players.


The HAS hockey program forms an underpinning program for the Hockey NSW Athlete Acceleration Program (AAP) that can see athletes progress through the athlete pathway and be given the support they need to progress to the next level. Members of the squad will be exposed to expert coaching services, and sport specific education in areas such as, physiotherapy and nutrition.


Athlete Eligibility Criteria

  • 16-18 year olds in 2020 (born in 2004, 2003 or 2002)
  • Not a scholarship holder in the Hockey NSW AAP for the same term
  • Selected based on the Academy’s defined local government boundaries (HAS accepts athletes outside of our LGAs if your Academy is not offering a program)
  • Must reside and/or go to school or play, in these areas to qualify for selection. With residential being the primary selection criteria.
  • All athletes are to be registered Hockey NSW athletes with an Association in NSW being the primary Association as at July 01
  • Athletes can only be scholarship holders in one Academy and the scholarships are based on an annual basis.


Athlete Benefits

The following benefits will apply to those selected in the hockey program:

  • Over 30 hours of skill development
  • Minimum 6 hours of athlete education including Nutrition and Sport Psychology
  • Fitness testing/strength and conditioning program 
  • Targeted Goal Keeper coaching
  • Your local Club Academy Games (inter regional academy competition)
  • Inter-Academy training days/camps


A program levy will be applicable to successful athletes and a uniform levy will also be applicable (inc. GST).

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