U15 development PROGRAMME

Following Hockey New Zealand’s recent Strategy Delivery Review, it was determined that from 2021 there would no longer be national tournaments for representative age group teams below the national Under 18 tournaments.

Instead of running national tournaments, associations have been tasked with providing quality development focused opportunities that reach a broad base of participants, are fun, affordable, and focused on skill development and progression. In line with these recommendations, Hockey South Canterbury are excited to implement the 2022 Hockey South Canterbury U15 Development Programme (Phase One) and the South Island U15 Tournament (Phase Two).

Programme Purpose:

Provide an inclusive development opportunity that extends 13-15 year old (under 15) athletes, and coaches of this age group, beyond the experiences they receive in club/school hockey

Programme Objectives:

  • Provide participants with a high-quality development focused experience that they will enjoy.
  • Capture a large pool of participants and support them to reach their potential.
  • Develop targeted principles and concepts that will benefit participant’s long term development.


Open to all Under 15 athletes who want to participate in a development programme that aims to extend them beyond their club and school playing experiences. Athletes must meet the below criteria:

  • Must be Year 9, 10 & 11 at school and under the age of 15 as of 1 January 2022.
  • Must play for a club or school team entered in the HSC Competition.

Phase One Dates and Details

•           5 sessions, 2 x a week. Each session will be 1.5 hours that will consist of a mixture of training and match                     play   * Fixture v Mid Canterbury 11 September – To be confirmed     

•           Targeted development focus – Technical skills, tactical concepts, character traits.

Under 15 Boys dates:

Mondays 5.30pm – 7.00pm and Thursdays 6.30pm – 8.00pm

Monday 5th September, Thursday 8th September, Monday 12th September, Thursday 15th September and Monday 19th September.

Under 15 Girls dates:

Tuesday and Fridays 4.30pm - 6.00pm:

Tuesday 6th September, Friday 9th September, Tuesday 13th September, Friday 16th September, Tuesday 20th September.

Cost: $60.00 per player. This will cover turf hire, training gear, coaching and administration-based costs.  This will be invoiced by Hockey South Canterbury and must be paid before the programme commences.  If payment is an issue, please contact us to discuss payment options.

Phase Two:

Under 15 Boys and Girls South Island Tournament – In Christchurch. At the conclusion of the Phase One programme HSC will name 1 x Boys team and 1 x Girls team to play for South Canterbury at this tournament. 

Tournament Dates: Sunday 2nd October – Thursday 6th October

Cost: Approximately $400.  This will include accommodation, travel, food, tournament playing costs and all other associated costs for a tournament. HSC hoodies will be an extra cost to players if they require a new one.  If payment is an issue, please contact us to discuss payment options.

Registrations Details: To register please go to the Hockey South Canterbury Website and click on Under 15 Development programme and fill out the participants details. Registrations will close on Friday 26th August.

For any questions please contact Malfy: hdo@hockeysc.org.nz