Cambridge Talent Academy

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Cambridge Talent Academy

The Cambridge Talent Academy (CTA) will select and develop squads of ~25 girls and ~25 boys aged 15-18 (school years 10, 11, 12 and 13) from schools, clubs and counties in the catchment area. The Talent Academy will look to recruit players who have the potential and commitment to make it to the highest level of hockey. 

It is not expected that the Talent Academy squads will remain consistent for the whole season, with players moving out and/or others invited to join as they develop over the season.

As well as running the Talent Academy, CTA will also run Talent Academy Camps, with pitch sessions run monthly alongside a TA session. Talent Camps will act as a feeder to the Talent Academy and allow more athletes to experience high-intensity sessions.

Talent Academy catchments have been confirmed after consultation from all the Talent Academies and EH. A list of catchment area clubs for Cambridge Talent Academy can be found on the Catchment Area page. 

Our CTA head coaches and assistant coaches have been identified, and we are pleased to have their support and experience to help us deliver a great environment for athlete development. The head coaches are supported by a group of assistant coaches providing various types of general and specialist coaching experience such as goalkeeping, drag flicking etc. 

Expected total hours of Interaction per year:

Pitch hours / sessions

Zoom / Classroom hours / sessions

TA Festivals* (day sessions)

Total Hours Face Time **

Talent Academy

125 hrs / 45

39 hrs / 26

10

196 hrs

Talent Academy Camp

40 hrs / 16

39 hrs / 26

Invites based on RARE

105 hrs

*Festivals and End of Year Competitions will have match fees associated with them.

** Total hours include attending a number of festivals but not End of Year Competitions.

The Cambridge Talent Academy serves the region, and whilst hosted by and sharing resources with CCHC, it has an independent management structure (the Chairperson and Head Coach are from outside CCHC) and is self-financing. CTA coaching will mostly take place in Cambridge, but we will endeavour to run sessions in different parts of the region to help manage the travel burden and build relationships with other clubs. If your club is interested in hosting a Monday TA session – please let us know cambridgetalentacademy@gmail.com 

Costs

The estimated costs are as follows:

TA - 1150 GBP for the year, including the assessment phase costs. (105 GBP / month)

TA Camps - 575 GBP for the year, including the assessment phase costs. (53 GBP / month)

We will be using a monthly payment schedule that will be automated via TEAMO.

The Cambridge TA is a not-for-profit organisation, so any excess funds will be used to support the players and to provide additional opportunities for their development.

Contacts

KP
Karen PearceTA Chairperson
Sarah RyeTA Admin

Talent Academy Camps

The Talent Academy Camps are designed to provide a pathway into the Talent Academy and the opportunity to participate in a high-intensity and stretch environment every month, giving the players insights into what is expected and facilitating a longer more in-depth phase of assessment. Players can be invited to join the Talent Academy at any point during the year from the Talent Academy Camps based on their readiness and development and vice versa.

CTA will be running the Talent Academy Camps alongside the Talent Academy. These will be monthly training sessions alongside the TA session. Players will be invited to participate in these sessions based on what is right for them applying the RARE (Right Athlete-Right Environment) principle. Talent Camp players will also be invited to all classroom sessions run by CTA during the year (1 per week on average) and will be invited to play in some of the TA Festival Matches. 

Talent Academy Camps will be squads of ~25 girls and ~25 boys, and players will typically be:

  • younger, or 
  • have had less hockey exposure but show development potential, or
  • live further away and can not travel every week for sessions, or
  • a combination of the above


Expected total hours of interaction per year:

Pitch hours / sessions

Zoom / Classroom hours / sessions

TA Festivals* (day sessions)

Total Face Time Hours **

Talent Academy

125 hrs / 45

39 hrs / 26

10 days

196 hrs

Talent Academy Camps

40 hrs / 16

39 hrs / 26

Invites based on RARE

105 hrs

*Festivals and End of Year Competitions will have match fees associated with them.

** Total hours includes attending a number of festivals but not End of Year Competitions

The total hours may change over the year for individuals based on their personal circumstances. The estimated costs are as follows:

TA - 1150 GBP for the year, including the assessment phase. (105 GBP / month)

TA Camps - 575 GBP for the year, including the assessment phase. (53 GBP / month)

We will be using a monthly payment schedule that will be automated via TEAMO.

The Cambridge TA is a not-for-profit organisation, so any excess funds will be used to support the players and to provide additional opportunities for their development.

Catchment Area

The Cambridge Talent Academy serves the region, and whilst hosted by and sharing resources with CCHC, it has an independent management structure (the Chairperson and Head Coach are from outside CCHC) and is self-financing. CTA coaching will mostly take place in Cambridge, but we will endeavour to run sessions in different parts of the region to help manage the travel burden and build relationships with other clubs. If your club is interested in hosting a Monday TA session, please contact us at cambridgetalentacademy@gmail.com.

The following clubs and teams fall into the Cambridge TA catchment area. If you feel that attending a different TA based on your location would better support your individual travel commitments, please contact us at cambridgetalentacademy@gmail.com so we can discuss and find the best TA provision for you.

Beccles HC

Flexistowe HC

Onley Ladies HC

Bedford HC

Framlingham HC

Oundle HC

Blueharts HC

Grammarians LHC

Panthers Ladies

Bourne Deeping HC

Grasshoppers

Pelicans HC

Braintree HC

Harleston Magpies HC

Reepham HC

Breckland HC

Haverhill HC

Royston HC

Broadland HC

Herlings HC

Saffron Walden HC

Bury St Edmunds HC

Hornets HC

Shefford & Sandy HC

Cambridge City HC

Huntingdon HC

St. Ives HC

Cambridge Junior HC

Ipswich Cranes HC

St. Neots HC

Cambridge Nomads HC

Ipswich East Suffolk HC

Sudbury HC

Cambridge South HC

Ipswich Seven HC

The LX Club HC

Carrow HC

Kettering HC

Thetford Town HC

Castaways HC

Letchworth HC

University of Cambridge HC

Christchurch

Loddon Women's HC

University of East Anglia Ladies HC

City of Peterborough HC

Long Sutton HC

University of East Anglia Mens HC

Dereham HC

March Town HC

Watton HC

Diss Greyhound HC

Newmarket HC

Wellingborough HC

Earls Barton HC

Norfolk Nomads HC

Wisbech Town HC

East Coast HC

North Norfolk HC

Yarmouth HC

Ely City HC

Norwich City HC

Evergreens HC

Norwich Dragons HC

Assessment & Selection

Talent Academy players will be selected slightly differently in Year 1 (22-23) because Talent Academies will only just be in place before the 2022-3 cycle starts.

There will be two routes for selection into Talent Academy for the 2022-23 cycle:

  • Via a 2021-2 Performance Centre: All current Performance Centre players will be invited to the assessment phase Mon 19th SEPT, Mon 26th SEPT, Mon 3rd OCT, Mon 10th OCT.
  • Via an Open Nomination: clubs, schools, and counties nominated players who were not part of the 2021-2 Performance Centre (PC) Programme will be invited to the open trial session on Sun 11th SEPT, 2-6pm.


Selections post open trials will be communicated to players on or before Wed 14th Sept.

Selections post-assessment phase will be communicated on or before Fri 14th Oct.

Assessment of players nominated through both routes will take place in September and October 2022. PC Players and those who participated in the PC Challenge Cup will be offered multiple sessions of assessments to allow players to have multiple opportunities to be seen. Players nominated from open nominations will have an initial session and then, if successful, will be offered the same multiple sessions as those in the PC and PC Challenge Cup group.

There will be no limit to the number of assessments a player can attend in a season - this is to accommodate the often rapid development players have at the age of 15-18.

All players who attend TA assessments will be entered into the EH player tracking system. Furthermore, once nominated and regardless of whether successful or not successful in assessments, there will be regular 'check-ins' between TA coaches and their club/school coaches. Those who do not get selected for TA or TA Camps will be monitored and offered further assessments when appropriate.

If you have not been nominated and feel that you should have an opportunity for assessment, please ask your coach to contact us to discuss an assessment. The new system is designed to be open and accessible - assessments can be arranged at any point during the season.

From September 2022 onwards, England Hockey will be supporting TAs with Talent Scouts, who will be responsible for spotting players and helping liaise with the relevant TAs about player nominations and assessments. The coaching team from CTA will also be actively scouting for players during the year.

The CTA will work with your clubs/schools/county centres to ensure the most appropriate decisions are made about where and how selected players develop and play their hockey based on the RARE (right athlete, right environment) principle. Attending the Cambridge Talent Academy and Talent Academy Camps DOES NOT mean players are joining/have to join and play for the host club, CCHC.

CTA will be working with England Hockey and making contact with all relevant clubs and schools to make the transition from the old performance system as smooth as possible. If you have any questions, please contact us at cambridgetalentacademy@gmail.com

The estimated costs are as follows:

TA - 1150 GBP for the year, including the assessment phase. (105 GBP / month = approx 6 GBP per face time hour)

TA Camps - 575 GBP for the year, including the assessment phase. (53 GBP / month = approx 6 GBP per face time hour)

We will be using a monthly payment schedule that will be automated via TEAMO.

The Cambridge TA is a not-for-profit organisation, so any excess funds will be used to support the players and to provide additional opportunities for their development.

Selection Policy

We will deliver an open, fair and transparent selection process that endeavours to limit bias. Our selection policy is available below.

Talent Academy Training Calendar

The CTA calendar has been designed to accommodate school holidays as much as possible – but we will inevitably cross over on some dates due to the number of face-time hours that need to be delivered and other EH central calendar event dates. The pitch time will be 2hrs/session in Sept-Apr and slightly increased to 3hrs/session in May-July to accommodate players' club and school hockey diaries so as not to overload them.

A full diary for the year will be published soon.

Talent Academy pitch sessions will be held on Mondays most weeks - either 6pm start or 7:30pm start depending on the time of year to support school hockey demands. (Girls will start at 6pm Sept-Dec. Boys will start 6pm Jan-Apr. Both groups will start 6:30pm May-July)

Talent Academy Camps pitch sessions will be held on Mondays most months - either 6pm start or 7:30pm start depending on the time of year to support school hockey demands. (Girls will start at 6pm Sept-Dec. Boys will start 6pm Jan-Apr. Both groups will start 6:30pm May-July)

Talent Academy and Talent Academy Camps video conference/classroom sessions will be Friday evenings at 7pm for approx 20 weeks of the year.

Cambridge Talent Academy Kit

We are very proud and grateful for the support of MR CRICKET HOCKEY for sponsoring our TA and the player's kit. Each player will require home and away shirts (sky blue and red), shorts/skorts (navy) and socks (sky blue and yellow). Optional training layers and waterproof coats are also available. 

Every player selected to join TA and TA Camps will receive a personalised home shirt (sky blue) free.

Required Kit

  • Blue shirt (Free)
  • Red Shirt 
  • Shorts/Skort
  • Blue socks
  • Yellow socks

The rest of the CTA player kit is optional.

How to Order

When ordering, please ensure you have your Cambridge TA player number assigned to be printed on your kit.

  1. Log in to the TA shop - https://www.mrcrickethockey.com/product-category/club-shop/cambridge-talent-academy/
  2. To access the shop use this password: CTA2022
  3. In order to receive your free royal blue shirt add the discount code in the checkout coupon section (this will be supplied when your TA player number is allocated). This is restricted to one per order so if kit is required for two children, you will need to place one order for each child.
  4. Orders should arrive in approx. 7 days from placement of order.
  5. For pre-Christmas delivery please order before Sunday 11th December 2022.
  6. Sizing samples can be tried on in-store at MR Cricket Hockey

Cambridge TA Coaching Team

The Cambridge TA coaching team is comprised of some of the region's most experienced performance coaches. We have a core coaching team with additional specialist coaches who will join some sessions and deliver specific coaching expertise such as drag flicking, penalty corners, goal scoring etc.

The core team have extensive experience with the historical England Hockey pathway system and coaching and playing in high-performance environments, including GB/ENGLAND/NAGS/PC and the EH National League.

DB
Duncan BuckmasterHead Coach Boys
JP
Jon PeckettHead Coach Girls
SC
Sam CoeS&C Coach
P(G) M-G
Panda (Grahame) Mansell-GraceAssistant Coach Boys + GKs
MN
Maddy NewlynAssistant Coach Girls
paul denny-gouldsonAssistant Coach Girls
SD
Shenarda DedicAssistant Coach Boys
Ian SmytheAssistant Coach Girls + GKs
Poppy KettlewellPerformance Nutrition Coach
PM
Poppy MartinSpecialist Coach

In addition to the field coaching team, other coaches will provide special coaching and support during the season and zoom sessions on specific topics such as nutrition, sports psych, teamship, injury prevention, life-sport balance, dealing with an injury, dealing with conflict, TA game/training video analysis, tactics, and umpiring and the rules of the game.

We are always looking for additional coaches to help deliver sessions and zoom meetings, so if you are interested, please contact us at cambridgetalentacademy@gmail.org

Cambridge TA Admin Team

To ensure smooth running, CTA has an extensive admin and governance team. Made up of roles that you typically see in any other sports club, the team is made up of volunteers and some paid positions.

Rob HarrisTreasurer
Sarah RyeAdministrator
paul denny-gouldsonTA Manager
Sharon ElySafeguarding

Cambridge Talent Academy Bursaries

Cambridge Talent Academy supports access to development opportunities irrespective of social or economic background. We have a bursary policy to support those players who need it. Our inclusivity policy is designed to ensure openness and opportunity for everyone.

Bursaries will be considered for any type of support, whether it be TA fees, kit, travel etc.

Please email cambridgetalentacademy@gmail.com for more information. 

Cambridge TA Coaching Philosophy

The CTA coaching philosophy embraces RARE and fosters encouragement, openness, stretch when appropriate, respect, and support.


Regional Coaches Development Support

The Cambridge Talent Academy serves the region - as part of this, we are supporting the coaching development in the region - not just the players. Coaches from clubs are welcome to attend and contribute to the TA and TA Camp sessions during the year. We will be sharing some of the classroom session recordings with coaches and clubs to support players' and coaches' development. 

If you join a coaching session, we will ask you to contribute and take part in the coaching as we feel this is the best way to support development. This will offer an opportunity to receive development support from some amazing coaches and build your network at the same time. 

If you would like to attend CTA as a coach or are interested in receiving some of the recorded player classroom sessions, please let us know cambridgetalentacademy@gmail.com

FAQs

1. What is a Talent Academy? (Copy from EH)

Talent Academies are intended for the highest potential 15 – 18-year-old players, replacing Performance Centres. EH estimate that the current talent pool will yield approximately 500 players per gender, requiring the intensity and commitment of a Talent Academy. This equates to the top 60% of players who currently attend Performance Centres, plus those who are part of England Age Group squads.

There will be multiple opportunities most weeks for high-quality coaching and training through a combination of dedicated sessions and integration with other activities delivered by the host. Every Talent Academy will have a squad of players selected through a robust process based on the England Hockey Player Profile.

Talent Academies will select from players nominated by Clubs, Schools and Counties, broadening the access routes into the highest levels of hockey development.

Cambridge Talent Academy (CTA) will be inviting a broader group of players (c.25 boys and c.25 girls) to join its Talent Academy Camps, running monthly pitch sessions alongside Talent Academy training and with access to the CTA classroom sessions. Players may be invited to be assessed for the Talent Academy and Talent Academy Camps at any time during the season.


2. What’s the difference between a Talent Academy and a Talent Centre? (Copy from EH)

Talent Centre is accreditation of a club. A Talent Academy is a separate coaching organisation hosted and operated by a club. A Talent Centre club provides high-quality provision for players at the early talent development level (Talent Foundations). This provision will be embedded within the club’s junior programme. Talent Centre accreditation recognises the quality of a club’s talent development environment and provision, not individual players. CCHC will be applying for Talent Centre accreditation during the 2022/23 season.


3. Who will the Cambridge Talent Academy cater for?

England Hockey estimates that Talent Academies will cater for the top 60% of players who currently attend Performance Centres, plus those who are part of England Age Group squads.  

The Cambridge Talent Academy (CTA) will select and develop squads of c.25 girls and c. boys aged 15-18 from schools, clubs and counties in the catchment area who have the potential and commitment to make it to the highest level of international hockey. Talent Academy catchment areas have been published after consultation between all the Talent Academies and England Hockey. These may change in year 2 as the additional Talent Academies are appointed.


4. Once selected, is my place in a Talent Academy Squad assured?

No - England Hockey expects there to be some fluidity during the season, with some players potentially being dropped from the TA squad and others invited to join, depending on their performance, and commitment or attendance paused temporarily based on their current school/club/NAGS playing demands.


4. What is the Talent Academy Camp concept?

The Talent Academy Camps are designed to provide a pathway into the Talent Academy and the opportunity to participate in a high-intensity and stretch environment every month, giving the players insights into what is expected and facilitating a longer, more in-depth phase of assessment. Players can be invited to join the Talent Academy at any point during the year from the Talent Academy Camps based on their readiness and development and vice versa. Just like Talent Academy, players can join the Talent Academy Camps at any point during the year after a successful assessment.


4. Who will deliver the coaching?

A CTA head coach (independent from CCHC) and lead coaches (both independent and part of CCHC) have been identified. We will draw on coaching support from both within and outside CCHC and use the Talent Academy to support coach development in the region. Coaches from clubs and schools are very welcome to join TA sessions and classroom sessions to help develop their coaching skills. When you attend a session, you will be involved in the session and be given development support from the TA coaching staff. If you are interested in attending TA sessions as a coach, please let us know cambridgetalentacademy@gmail.com.


5. Will my chances of getting into the Talent Academy be better if I join CCHC? (Copy from EH FAQ)

No. A key principle of the new system is that there are NO pre-requisites to progress from one stage to the next. It is a system, not a pathway. A player does not need to attend a Talent Centre or a particular club to progress to a Talent Academy, and a player does not need to attend a Talent Academy to progress to an England Age Group programme.

The Cambridge Talent Academy serves the region, and whilst hosted by and sharing resources with CCHC, it has an independent management structure under the umbrella of the club and is self-financing. The CTA Head Coach is from outside CCHC, and the CTA has an independent chairperson - Karen Pearce (University Cambridge, Deputy Director of Sport).


6. Do I have to join CCHC if selected to attend the Talent Academy?

No. This decision depends on each player’s circumstances and what is right for them in terms of their access to competitive senior and age group hockey. Membership options will be discussed with each player and their club once selected based on the RARE (Righ Athlete, Right Environment) principle.

The key is that the CTA coaching team will maintain a rounded view of the player’s hockey experience and progress wherever they play their hockey.


7. Where will the CTA coaching take place, and how often?

CTA coaching will, for the most part, take place once a week in Cambridge, but we anticipate running occasional sessions in different parts of the region to help manage the travel burden and build relationships with other clubs. There will also be 10 TA festivals held at home and other TAs over the year.

A key difference to the old system is that coaches at the Talent Academy will look at the player’s whole hockey experience – taking into account the level and amount of hockey they play at school, club and the academy itself.

We are also looking at how we balance the demand on players’ time – for example, adjusting the balance of pitch time and intensity between boys and girls for those whose school only plays hockey for one term.


8. How will players be selected for the CTA? (Copy from EH)

Talent Academy players will be selected slightly differently in Year 1 (22-23) because Talent Academies will only just be in place and not exist long before the 2022-3 cycle starts.

There will be two routes for selection into Talent Academy for the 2022-23 cycle:

  • Via a 2021-2 Performance Centre nomination: All current Performance Centre players will be invited to trial. Each Talent Academy and the England Hockey Talent Team will work closely together to select the players for assessments based on profiles developed during the 2021-2 Performance Centre cycle and the Performance Centre Challenge Cup.


OR

  • Via an Open Nomination: clubs, schools, and counties nominated players who were not part of the 2021-2 Performance Centre (PC) Programme.


Assessment of players nominated through both routes will take place in September and October 2022.


9. What happens if I am currently at PC but don’t get into Talent Academy?

Talent Academy serves fewer players and an older age range than Performance Centre (15-18 rather than U15 and U17). So some players currently at PC or expecting to progress from Academy Centre to PC will not be selected for Talent Academy in the initial entry.

However, Cambridge TA will be offering Talent Academy Camps to a broader group of players, giving them access to some of the CTA resources and training sessions and the potential to be invited to the main Talent Academy at any time.

Their hockey development will also continue to be delivered by their club and county. Because the new Talent System recognises that development is non-linear, all players remain eligible to be nominated for Talent Academy and Talent Academy Camp assessments at any time.


10 How much will it cost and will we have to buy a new kit

Talent Academies are self-funded. The cost of the Cambridge Talent Academy and Talent Academy Camps is shown in the TA section. Because of the reduced player numbers, Talent Academy and TA Camps will be more expensive per player than the historical Performance Centre.  However, as shown by the contact hours and pitch session numbers, the amount of time players will have contact with coaches and specialists is significantly higher with TA and TA Camps than with historical PC.

Fees will be due monthly in advance. 

We will be using a new CTA branded kit that will be sponsored and provided by Mr Cricket Hockey. There will be a cost associated with the kit, but we will endeavour to keep this as low as possible. Players will require 2 shirts (home and away), Skort / Shorts, and Socks (home and away). Other kit elements will be available such as tracksuit trousers, long sleeve tops and training jackets. Players will both train and play matches in the kit.


11 Can parents join the Friday zoom sessions?

Yes, and we would actively encourage this as the learnings will hopefully help you as parents support your child's development on and off the pitch.


12 What is the status of the end-of-year TA event?

At this time, we only know the dates of the end-of-cycle competition - 28th to 31st July 2023. EH will update the TAs over the coming months with more information.

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