Hockey Player
Pathway Program

Trials will be held 7th June 2019.

In 2019 NEGS, in partnership with Hockey NSW, launched an official Player Pathway Program incorporating high performance coaching delivered exclusively to NEGS students. This is the first of its kind outside of major metropolitan high schools.

Students from years 6 to 11 are eligible to attend the upcoming trials. This includes current NEGS students, as well as girls from around Australia and the world. Those successful in making it into the year-round hockey program will receive intensive training and skills development delivered to them as current and newly enrolled NEGS students.

To support the delivery of this program, NEGS is building a state-of-the-art synthetic hockey field that will meet international standards.

Trials for female hockey students aged 12 to 17  years for our 2020 intake will be held on 7th June 2019. Kate Hanna (ex-Hockeyroo, current AHL Arrows player and NEGS Hockey Ambassador), as well as Hockey NSW coaches will form the selection panel on the day.

If you’d like to find out more about the program, or register for trials, please complete the form below or contact Kelly Smitham Director of Marketing & Enrolments at or on 02 6774 8700

Program Outline

The Player Pathway Program is designed to develop female hockey students 12 to 18 years of age, in a school environment. The program is specifically designed to comply with the Hockey NSW Pathway.

The Player Pathway Program is not a participation program and is aimed at producing top level athletes as they move forward on the Hockey NSW Player Pathway. The program will run for the 4 school terms each year.

Players will participate in twice weekly on pitch training sessions delivered by Hockey NSW Regional Coaches, and participate in weekly strength and conditioning sessions.  Established programs with mentoring, nutritionists, physiotherapists and sports psychologists will also assist Player Pathway participants throughout the program.

Hockey NSW and NEGS Coaches also provide athlete skill identification and Individual Player Plans (IPP) for all students to identify areas for improvement during the program.

Athletes will also have the opportunity to participate in regular clinics with HSNW Coaches and NEGS Hockey Ambassador, Kate Hanna. Trips to Sydney to participate in matches and clinics with other HNSW Sporting High Schools are also be a compulsory part of the program.

The Pathway program focuses on the following areas:

Core Skill Development

  • Junior elite skill development
  • Junior elite specialist skill development

Game Education

  • Junior elite decision-making development
  • Junior elite game and positional strategy  development
  • Junior elite execution of skills under game pressure
  • Junior elite introduction to team performance analysis

Physiology Component

  • Junior elite hockey specific movement and  functional competencies
  • Planning and delivery of physical program on an  individual basis and/or within a group
  • Recovery
  • Individual athletes program and monitoring

Athlete Personal Management

  • Injury prevention and management as required
  • Performance enhancing substance education

Team Dynamics and Performance

  • Introductory education and training in required  behaviours
  • Introductory group dynamics
  • Respect and responsibility


The program is administered by Hockey NSW and will be directed by Richard Willis, Hockey NSW Pathway Manager. Coaching will be provided by Greg Doolan, Hockey NSW Regional Coaching Coordinator. Greg has had National Coaching success in Advanced Coaching roles.

Complete the form below to register your interest.