Following the introduction of the England Development Plan (EDP) in June 2015 which introduced sweeping changes to the previous structure. October 2015 the EIHA Board requested EIHA Director Geoff Hemmerman to undertake a review of the current situation and progress with the EDP following a number of concerns raised from various individuals within the sport.

This was carried out via meetings or correspondence with all the current England Team Staff and discussions with individual stake holders.

The findings of this review and a proposed way forward was presented by Geoff Hemmerman at a board meeting held on the 30th January 2016.

Following much debate an amended proposal was agreed to include the following going forward into 2017.

EIHA National Programme going forward will consist of:

  • 4 Conference teams in each region @ 11’s – 13’s – 15’s – 17’s  England 14’s
  • England 14 Girls
  • England 15’s
  • England U19’s 1 game Imminent
  • Advertise and appoint England Head Coach
  • Advertise and appoint England General Manager
  • Advertise and appoint England Team Staff – this will give all current team staff an
    opportunity to review and consider their availability and ability to fully commit to the programme.

The England teams will be funded by the EIHA in that all the compulsory team uniform will be provided by the EIHA and the cost of the player taking part in the foreign event will be funded by the EIHA – as currently any trial / camp and training costs will still require to be covered by the parent / guardian.

This model sits closer with other smaller hockey nations and provides us with an opportunity to work closer with some 80 players at each age group across each conference. GH requested that more support be given to the individual conferences tailoring it to meet their specific needs – the detail will be agreed following meetings with the conference chairs and the chair of the JLMC.

While the loss of the England 13’s will not sit well with some, the board feel that the increased support for the 14s and 15’s team is best placed to ensure these players are fully prepared for the next step up to represent Great Britain.

Additional for the future:

  • Build better relationship with head coaches of Great Britain and Scotland share information
  • Better use of ice time
  • Male and female teams share information
  • Home International Tournament

The board truly believe there are exciting times ahead for whole of the EIHA National Programme from Conference through to England please accept these changes in the spirit that the board have introduced them we know this will provide some fantastic opportunities for our young athletes.

I would also like to add a thank you to all the team staff, players and parents involved in the current programme for the hard work you all put in and hope to work with as many of you as possible going forward.

More information will be made available after the appointment of the Head Coach and General Manager.

Geoff Hemmerman (Director Responsible for the EIHA National Programme) On Behalf of the EIHA Board