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The Hockey Wales talent development programme, for 13-18 year olds is the ideal place for young aspiring players who want to develop their game and emulate the Welsh hockey stars of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia’s Gold Coast. Seven locations across Wales will host 360 and Aspire venues, so every young player in Wales will have an opportunity to access the quality provision that is in place.

Coach Developer Lee Ible, who oversees the programme and ensures the experience the players receive is of the highest order, is looking forward to the recommencement of the programme:

We’ve added to our coaching team this year, so with more coaches than ever being deployed across all our centres, we are certain that the experience and quality the players will receive will be better than ever. I’m looking forward to getting out there and visiting each of the centres

Players can expect to be challenged physically and mentality within the programme, in order to push and develop their game to new levels. The programme, which is fully aligned with Great Britain hockey’s Talent Development Framework, seeks to develop more players of high quality, in order to increase Wales potential as a hockey playing nation.

Wales’ recent success in the hockey world has been remarkable, with victories against higher ranking nations in the Commonwealth Games a significant achievement; integral to those successes were senior players and recent graduates of the 360 programme, Jacob Draper and Ioan Wall, both key players for the men’s side and both being developed through the 360 programme. Izzie Howell also attended the 360 programme in the lead up to her selection for the Gold Coast.

Ible takes great pleasure in seeing young players who have engaged with the 360 programme go onto achieve big things

It’s great to see people who we have worked with and supported for a number of years through the 360 programme and National Age Group squads go on and achieve senior recognition. I’m certain the support and coaching those players had in the 360 programme, along with experiences in other hockey environments, such as club and school, have helped them get to where they are and it’s rewarding to see them play on the world stage and it shows what we are doing at Hockey Wales is working

The first 360 season of the new season begins on September 9th and for any young hockey player in Wales, it’s the programme to engage with, and with the programme in better shape than ever, who knows how many 360 graduates will be representing Wales at the next major event!

Registration is now open – click here for further information.

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