DERBYSHIRE PLAYER PATHWAY Junior Hockey Derbyshire Development Centre (DC) activities will run at three venues within the county to which all hockey players are invited. Ellis Astro, Shobnall Leisure Complex –Burton. Belper Meadows, Belper. Buxton Community School - Buxton. All dates and times are listed on this site, or in the Derbyshire Player Pathway Handbook for 2017-18, which can be downloaded from HERE The centres will be led by Level 3 and Level 2 coaches and are the first rung on the ladder of the player pathway. The emphasis for the DCs is skill development and players will have the opportunity to practise their skills in competition with neighbouring DCs. Players will be assessed and possibly selected for progression through to Derbyshire Academy Centres (ACs). AC training will run from September 2017 with fixtures scheduled for early 2018. ACs will run U13, U14, U15 and U16/17 age groups for girls and boys. The ACs replace the County teams and will compete with ACs from other Counties. Those players not progressing to ACs will be encouraged to continue with school and club hockey and will be provided with information on local activity until the DCs begin again the following season. Players wishing to attend a DC should complete the online ehb registration and choose the DC closest and most convenient for them. If the dates for a local DC aren’t convenient players are free to travel to another centre for their coaching either within Derbyshire or in a neighbouring County/Region. Please note that due to low numbers there will be no DC activity for U16 & U17 Boys and Girls. All players will be invited to attend AC in September and assessment will take place during the first sessions.