For talented athletes, NEGS is proud to be the first regional school to partner with Hockey NSW to deliver our Player Pathway Program from 2019.

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 and is designed to develop female hockey students 12 to 18 years of age, in a school environment.

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 nutritionists and sports psychologists will also assist Player Pathway participants throughout the program.

Athletes will benefit from regular coaching clinics with NEGS Hockey Ambassador Kate Hanna, ex-Hockeyroo and current NSW AHL arrows player.

Hockey NSW also provide athlete skill identification and Individual Player Plans (IPP) for all students to identify areas for improvement during the program, and students benefit from flexible timetables to assist them to meet the demands of training and competition.

The NEGS Hockey NSW 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.

Kate Hanna, NEGS Ambassador, current AHL arrows player and ex-Hockeyroo will provide regular coaching clinics to TAP Hockey athletes throughout the year.

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