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Nominations for the 2023/24 Program are now OPEN! Click HERE to nominate.


Program Staff

Program Head Coach: Ben Brown

Boys Head Coach: Conor Smith

Girls Head Coach: Troy Scott

Manager: Nikki Simpson

Goal Keeper Coach: Andy Duggan


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 Futures program 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

  • Not a scholarship holder in the Hockey NSW Futures program 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

  • Athletes can only be scholarship holders in one Academy and the scholarships are based on an annual basis.


Athlete Eligibility

Athletes must be 15-18 years of age in 2024 (Born 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2009)


Trial Information

Trials will be held on Sunday 22nd October at Newcastle Hockey Centre: Boys 9am-12pm & Girls 1pm-4pm


Athlete Benefits

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

  • Over 30 hours of Skill Development

  • Athlete Education Including Nutrition and Sport Psychology

  • Fitness Testing and Strength and Conditioning Program 

  • Targeted Goal Keeper Coaching

  • Your Local Club Academy Games (Selected Athletes only)

  • Inter-Academy Training Days/Camps



A program and uniform levy will be applicable to selected athletes



Program Calendar

The Hockey Program will run from November - April concluding with the Your Local Club Academy Games Tour to Wagga Wagga (Selected athletes only).

Sessions will run approximately once a month and predominantly on Sundays.