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 an 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, Coffs Harbour & District Hockey Association.
For the 2019-20 Program a squad of 18 males and 18 females (including 2 male and 2 female goal keepers), aged 16 to 18 years in 2020 will be selected across the North Coast region, through an application and trial process.
Depending on selected athlete demographics, the NCAS Hockey program may involve single- and two-day weekend camps, local training sessions, the Your Local Club Education Weekend with the program culminating at the 2020 Academy Games in Newcastle. We expect the program to run from October/November 2019 to April 2020.
Athlete Applications are now closed for the 2019-20 Program. Please contact the Academy for further information.