Over the past four years Hockey Academy South have delivered the high performance programme for Canterbury Hockey. In 2017 we introduced a new high performance identity, the Regional Performance Centre Canterbury (RPC Canterbury).
RPC Canterbury works in partnership with Hockey NZ and the philosophy is one of a nationally delivered programme with a local flavour. The Centre provides confidence to players and national coaches that quality programmes can be delivered in the regions and there is not a perceived need to gravitate to Auckland, particularly at a young age.
RPC Canterbury has three levels of membership: Elite, Development and Futures. The Elite level includes those players selected in national squads or those who have been identified by national selectors. The Development level is typically players in our regional teams and the Futures are our U18 Association representative players. There are currently 82 players registered in the programme.
There are a number of key pillars the Centre will focus on delivering including talent identification, tactical and technical support, sports science services (including physical preparation, nutrition and mental skills) and athlete life advice.
The sports science services are delivered by High Performance Sport NZ and this relationship is very important as it provides players with a transition into Black Sticks programmes.
The delivery of the technical and tactical skills is based on current Black Sticks standards and methods. A major focus of the technical delivery is to increase the level of execution and proficiency of core skill levels. Sessions are delivered by High Performance Manager Chris Leslie, along with major support from the majority of our regional coaches and support staff. The sessions are currently delivered at Marist Park with the centre looking forward to establishing a permanent base at Nga Puna Wai in 2018.
Currently 22 RPC Canterbury players have been selected in national squads.
RPC Canterbury is supported by an Advisory Committee comprising Mark Beaston (Chairman), Pat Barwick and Lee Munt.
Click here for 2017/2018 RPC Canterbury athletes.