Young talent is something that should be nurtured across the whole of Wales and the National Age Group (NAG) international training squad has been formed to take part in a well-defined performance programme. This programme enhances and develops talent, with a focus on allowing our future international athletes to develop in a high quality performance environment.
The NAG programme is designed to ensure our junior athletes are prepared for the rigorous demands of international hockey.
This is achieved by focusing delivery on the five rings of performance:
- Mental Skills
- Strength & Conditioning
In line with the Hockey for Life framework philosophy, U16 and U18 players train together as a single U18 international training squad. This broadens playing philosophy, tactics, strategy and core skills and allows consistent development across the whole NAG programme. This programme then also provides and allows for a more fluid transition into higher level teams when the time comes.
As part of the U18 international training squad programme, players are required to attend the following training formats:
NAG Development Camps
This is an environment where players train with tiers of the same ability rather than age group. Talent thrives in this environment and we should see the ‘stage not age’ philosophy build future talent. This allows for late developers to emerge through 360° Hockey Centres and NAG camps and will take into account the undulating nature of a players journey to reach their potential.
Behind the scenes at the Girls NAG U18 Training Camp
NAG Preparation Camps
Preparation camps are intended to support the build up to a competition or test match. The purpose of these camps is to allow the selected squad time to prepare for specific competition.
The Boys and Girls UKSG Squad in 2013