The National Age Group (NAG) programme prepares junior athletes for the rigorous demands of international hockey through a high quality training programme. They are taught technical, tactical, lifestyle, mental skills and strength & conditioning in line with the Hockey for Life framework philosophy, with U16 and U18 players training 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.