July 16, 2018

On the eve of the first camps in the 2018/19 season, the England National Team Programme (ENTP) are delighted to confirm their working partnership with Great Britain Women to form a UK Womens Development programme for players born 2003 to 2009.

Currently there is the GB U16 programme leading into the U18 and Women’s team.  Alongside that the England programme had u14 and u17 girls programmes.

Moving forward the female player pathway will run from UK Women’s Development with JLMC, IHUK and This Girl Can through to England u13 Girls, England u16 Girls and on to Great Britain u16 Women, Great Britain u18 Women and Great Britain Women.

Combining the female ENTP and Great Britain 16 Women’s Programme under the banner of UK Women’s Development we can gain better engagement and sharing of resources, in short, the female player pathway will naturally evolve.

Eligible players would be all EIHA and SIH registered players holding a British Passport Born 2003 to 2009.

Geoff Hemmerman, IHUK Director and EIHA Director responsible for England programmes said: “Everyone who knows me knows that development of the Great Britain Women’s programme is very close to my heart and I truly know we can progress our Great Britain teams on the international stage.  To do this we have to have a different way of working.

“Collaborating with one common goal, some will see what follows as ground breaking, it’s not, its applying common-sense and
having the will to share resources.

“We need to remove confusion from the female player pathway, we need to give as many females as possible the opportunity to develop to the highest standard.  Not all will make Great Britain, but all will improve as players and people.

“Every player will have the opportunity to develop at the right pace to suit not only their ability but also their potential.

“Over the last six months I have held a number of very constructive meetings with Cheryl Smith, Great Britain Women’s head coach. It’s clear from those meetings that we both have the same aims and objectives, we both know that what is laid out will have a huge positive impact on the development of our youngest female players to include fitness, nutrition, strength and conditioning, on ice and off ice development, injury management, discipline, playing rules and every other aspect of the game along with a number of parent education sessions.”

To begin the new female player pathway there will be an initial development camp for Under 13 & Under 16 Girls. This will be a two day camp charged at ENTP rates.

Players will be invited from the current combined list of players within the Great Britain 16 Women Development Squad and England Squad Lists to a 2 day squad selection camp, a third group will be included that will be identified as “This Girl Can”.

Open age between 2003 & 2009, the cost of participation in the two day camp will be £200 per player, the end goal will be to select 46 players from each age group consisting of 6 net minders, 16 defence and 24 forwards at each age group – these players will then form the UK Women’s Development Programme.

Any players not selected to these teams will be given the opportunity to join the “This Girl Can” group so her development and progress can be monitored. Players will be moved around different groups as is deemed necessary by the team coaches to ensure the players are being developed at a pace and level that is right for them.

To develop continuity the ENTP will provide team staff for the This Girl Can group and Under 13 Girls. The Under 16 Girls will be a combination of current Great Britain Women staff, ENTP Staff and JLMC development staff.

The Great Britain Women’s staff will select the most suitable Under 16 players to participate in any IHUK or IIHF organised event, be it, Youth Olympic Games, World Girls Global Game, 4 Nations Events and participate as Great Britain.

The Proposed Camp programme for this season will be:
August 2018 2 day camp – cost £200
October 2018 1 day camp – £100
December 2018 1 day camp – £100
February 2019 1 day camp – £100

From this combined programme ENTP will select 20 players at Under 13 Girls & 20 Players at Under 16 Girls to participate in a European trip in April of 2019.

To sign up and register your interest must be done through the ENTP TeamApp – go to www.eiha.teamapp.com and sign up and pick the relevant age group to be part of.  Once registered all communications, documents etc will be distributed through TeamApp.