The Single System is managed by England Hockey.
The Single System - The Player Pathway - aims to provide the best possible talent development experiences for all players.
It seeks to:
- Provide fun, engaging development opportunities that encourage player retention
- Develop exceptional young hockey players who could one day become world-leading players
What is the Single System?
Talent Development encompasses the whole of the hockey landscape which includes club and school activity as well as the Single System development centres. The Single System - The Player Pathway is specifically the development centres, e.g. JDCs, JACs, JRPCs etc, but it is also important to look at the hockey a player gets in all environments.
Why does hockey have a Single System?
The purpose of the Single System is to make opportunities for participants fair, equitable and consistent. It is to ensure that a suitable level of coaching and competition is offered for people at the appropriate stage of their development and to maximise the chance they have of fulfilling their potential whether that potential is as a club or International player, coach or official.
How can I access the Single System?
The Single System can be accessed through Reading Hockey Club, as we will help players get into the system at County level. You may also get nominated by your school. There is one entry point into the Single System centres which is at Junior Development Centre level. The first time a player accesses the player pathway they must enter at JDC level. Reading Hockey Club proactively manages this process for its colts section and will ensure that colts get the opportunity to participate.
If you have any queries please speak to your coach who will be happy to help.
If you would like to find out more then you can do so on the England Hockey website