The NCAS Hockey program forms an underpinning program for the Hockey NSW (HNSW) 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.
Hockey NSW provides support and endorsement for the NCAS program to develop and support pre-elite Hockey Players.
The purpose of the hockey program is to:
- Provide a pre-elite environment for the athletes to develop
- Give athletes access to quality services and programs as they progress through the HNSW pathway
- Prepare athletes for the upcoming Hockey season
- Provide a coach excellence program for regional coaches with the support of HNSW Regional Coaching Coordinator (RCC) Network
- Provide umpire education
Supporting the Academy program are the regional hockey associations of Port Macquarie/Hastings Hockey Association, Grafton Hockey Association, Far North Coast Hockey Association, and Hockey Coffs Coast.
For the 2021 Program a squad of 18 males and 18 females (including 2 male and 2 female goal keepers), aged 16 to 18 years in 2021 will be selected across the North Coast region, through an application and trial process.
The NCAS Hockey program may involve single- and two-day weekend training camps, local training sessions, the Your Local Club Education Program, with the program culminating at the 2021 Academy Games in Newcastle. We expect the program to run from late 2020 to April 2021.
Applications for the 2021 NCAS Hockey Program are NOW OPEN.