All players must be registered online for England Hockey Player Pathway activity. To sign up (new players) or access your profile, please visit:


Privacy policy information can be found via the link above.


Fees are set to encourage participation and should not be a reason to decline a place. Please email us and we will provide additional support. Fees are payable via your England Hockey player profile using GoCardless.

We will be setting fees for our 2021/21 Development and Academy Centres in the summer once the program is finalised.


Covid Safety Guidance for training commencing 29 March 2021

Bedford Hockey Centre pitches must be accessed via Chester Road – there is no other access for pedestrians, cyclists or vehicles so please plan accordingly.  Parents must remain in their vehicles at all times whilst at Bedford Hockey Centre and there are no spectator facilities at training.

Before you leave home to attend Training:

  • Please complete a self-assessment for Covid-19 symptoms; you should not attend training if you or anyone you live is showing any symptoms, or if you have been told to self-isolate.
  • Wear your playing kit ready to train with shin pads on – GKs will be able to pad up on arrival.
  • Pack a face mask to wear inside the Clubhouse in case you need to use the toilet.
  • Pack essential kit only in a small kit bag – remember your hockey stick, gumshield, shin pads, filled water bottle, hand sanitiser, a waterproof and any necessary medication (eg inhaler).  Please ensure all are named clearly to prevent sharing.  GKs must bring your normal GK kit – we do not have access to any GK kit.
  • Please follow government guidance when travelling to Bedford Hockey Centre*.  We request that only one parent/guardian arrives with the player to limit numbers on site.
    *as at 25 March, EH are still waiting for the government safer travel advice to be updated

On arrival at Bedford Hockey Centre:

  • Parents/guardians must remain in their vehicles at all times.  As far as possible, we ask that parents/guardians do not stay on site during training and we are unable to have spectators at training due to overall restrictions on numbers. 
  • The Hockey Centre will be open strictly for access to toilets only.  As parents will not leave their vehicles, any questions should be sent by email in advance.  For emergencies on the day, please text your team manager and include your player’s name in any message.
  • Players – please leave the car park quickly and carefully.  Each squad has a designated area of the pitch for training (marked by cones of a specific colour) and shown in the attached guide.  Please enter the site as per the guide, your team manager will register you on arrival for Track & Trace purposes and direct you to the pitch entrance (which is signposted to help you).  Please maintain 2m social distancing at all times – there will be cones to assist you.
  • Please use the hand sanitiser provided as you enter the pitch and maintain 2m social distancing at all times.

During Training:

  • You will be reminded of the important safety measures at the start of the session.
  • 2 metre individual sections are marked out against pitch fence for player kit bags inside the cage.  Please keep to one player per section for kit.  No kitbags or players in the dugouts.
  • Only touch the hockey balls with your stick / goalkeeping equipment.  Please do not touch cones, line markers, goalposts and any other equipment that is not yours personally.  Please do not use the dug-outs,
  • The Hockey Centre will be open for access to the toilets (not changing rooms).  Please leave the pitch following the signs.  Please wear a face mask inside the Hockey Centre and leave your hockey bag outside.  There are markers on the floor in the Hockey Centre to guide you to access the toilets.  Please use the hand sanitiser as you leave/re-enter the pitch and follow the handwashing guidelines displayed in the toilet.
  • There is an outside tap if you need to re-fill your water bottle (please arrive with a full bottle).  Please use the hand sanitiser provided before you use the tap and on re-entry to the pitch.
  • Please move around the pitch following the signs provided and using the marked entrance and exits.
  • Please remember to socially distance when play stops, avoid excessive shouting and close contact during goal celebrations!
  • You may be given a coloured bib during training (sanitised and stored appropriately) – please do not share/swap bibs.  If you need to change colour, place your used bib at the side of the pitch with your kit and take a new bib.  At the end of the session place your bib in the designated pile for laundering.  Please do not pick up anyone else’s bib.

After Training:

  • Please collect your personal belongings quickly and leave the pitch as directed by your coach.  Please do not touch any hockey balls, cones etc – our coaches will collect these.
  • When you get home, you should clean your kit or leave for 72 hours before you use again.
  • If you develop any covid-19 symptoms after playing hockey, please contact our Covid-19 Officer, Siobhan Barnes by emailing secretary@bedshockey.co.uk


Bedfordshire hockey Code of Conduct:

The success of the Bedfordshire Hockey depends on developing a positive and safe environment, where everyone is treated with respect and everyone takes responsibility for their own behaviour. All players at Development Centre, during the Assessment Day and at the Academy Centre is being asked to follow code of conduct:

  • FAIR PLAY – Treat others with the same respect and fairness that you would like them to show you. Demonstrate “Fair Play” on and off the field.
  • EQUALITY – Respect differences in gender, disability, culture, race, ethnicity, and religious belief systems between yourself and others. Challenge discrimination and prejudice.
  • INCLUSIVENESS AND TOLERANCE – Appreciate that all participants bring something valuable and different to the County hockey. Value and learn from the diversity of people you meet and show patience with others and act with dignity at all times.
  • RESPONSIBILITY – Look out for yourself and the welfare of others. Do not engage in any irresponsible or illegal behaviour. Challenge behaviour that falls below the expected standards of the County hockey. Speak out if you are concerned about anything or if you feel uncomfortable about your own needs and those of others: be organised and on time.
  • FRIENDSHIP – Take time to thank those who help you take part – whether family, organisations or team mates.

Breaches of the code of conduct will be dealt with through disciplinary procedures a serious breach will result in an athlete being removed from Development Centre, Assessment Day or Academy Centre.

Our Players are aware that they are ambassadors for their family, county and sport, and take full responsibility for their actions.

Our players will not:

  1. Possess or consume alcohol or illegal and performance enhancing drugs
  2. Smoke
  3. Use foul or abusive language
  4. Tolerate or be involved in discrimination of any kind
  5. Engage in any inappropriate behaviour, on and off the pitch and online

For more information on England Hockey Safeguarding Policy please go to: SafeD | England Hockey





The information is subject to change due to additional Covid regulations in place at any given time. Separate guidance can be found 


Bedford Hockey Centre, Chester Road, Bedford MK40 4HL 


Available at Bedford Hockey Centre but at peak times, please also use Biddenham International School, MK40 4AZ (accessed off Biddenham Turn) and use footpath to walk across playing fields.  Players must be accompanied by parents when walking to and from Bedford Hockey Centre.  There is a gated fence across the path by the pitches, this will be unlocked for the duration of training.  Players are asked to shut the gate after use but please do not touch padlock.  Map at end of site information. 

Please respect other users of the car parks and be considerate – one car per parking bay.  Please respect our neighbours in residential areas and do not park roadside. 


We will be using the 2 astro pitches directly next to the Hockey Centre.  Players are not permitted on pitch unless accompanied by a coach.  Players must not play with hockey balls on grass areas surrounding pitch.  During evening training sessions, the floodlights will be turned off as soon as players exit the pitch. 


The first pitch (nearest Hockey Centre) has a designated spectator area.  The second pitch (furthest from Hockey Centre) does not have a spectator area, so for safety reasons, all spectators must watch from outside the cage.  Only coaches and players are permitted within the pitch areas.  There is no spectator shelter (except within Hockey Centre) so bring sufficient wet weather clothing (and sunscreen depending on weather conditions). 


Should you wish to take your own photographs please ensure you have signed the appropriate registration form which will be held by the Coaches and/or Centre Administrators within the Hockey Centre.  Bedfordshire Hockey promotes positive imagery and we ask parents, family, carers and supporters to help us achieve this.  For those on the sidelines wishing to take images of the action, we ask you to consider where you post your images.  If sharing on social media, we strongly recommend that U18s cannot be identified by name.  You may be taking/sharing images of other people’s children so please exercise care. 


Hot drinks will be available at evening training sessions.  [The bar may be open (crisps, chocolate and soft drinks) during day training sessions.  Bacon sandwiches may be available during morning sessions.] 

Players – please be guided by what your coach advises you is nutritionally acceptable.


Any litter you have MUST be placed in the appropriate bins. Please take great care in taking all rubbish with you and under no circumstances should water bottles etc be left round the pitch. If you see someone throwing rubbish, take the lead and ask them to put it in the bin. Remember it is not only your personal image that is on the line but also that of England Hockey. If the bins are full please inform the Hockey Centre and use bins within the Centre. 


The changing rooms can be found within the Hockey Centre.  


First Aid Kits will be pitch side during training under the control of the respective Coaches/Managers. 


In the unlikely event that a serious injury occurs the local hospital is Bedford Hospital (South Wing), Kempston Road, Bedford MK42 9DJ

 Driving Directions to Bedford Hospital 

  1. Take Old Ford End Rd and Ford End Rd to Prebend St/A5141 
  2. Continue on A5141 to S Wing Hospital 
  3. At the roundabout, take the 4th exit onto Prebend St/A5141 
  4. Use the right 2 lanes to turn right onto Cauldwell St/A5141 
  5. Continue onto Kempston Rd/B531 
  6. Continue on S Wing Hospital to your destination 
  7.  Head north-east on Biddenham Turn towards Darlow Dr 
  8. Turn right onto Bromham Rd/A4280 
  9. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Ashburnham Rd/A5141 
  10. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Midland Rd/A5141 
  11. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Prebend St/A5141 
  12. Use the right 2 lanes to turn right onto Cauldwell St/A5141

  13. Continue onto Kempston Rd/B531  

  14. Continue on S Wing Hospital to your destination



  • Please do not run around the grounds or the Hockey Centre – running can lead to injury.  Do not leave the site at any time during the session.  Leave plenty of time to get to your pitch.   
  • Pay attention to information that comes from your Coaches or Centre Manager. 
  • Please ensure you bring plenty of fluids with you for the day and/or evening. 
  • Please bring sunscreen, warm and waterproof clothing to all sessions as weather conditions may vary during the course of the day.  Layers work well so that you can add/remove clothing as appropriate.


My player is registered on PPS but I’ve forgotten the password and/or username – what should I do? 

Click on the registration link www.playerpathway.englandhockey.co.uk/members/sign_in and choose the option to reset your password at the bottom of the screen.  On the next screen you will also be given the option to receive a prompt for your username.  If you are still having problems, please email secretary@bedshockey.co.uk  

My player is registered on PPS but with a different county – what should I do? 

Click on the registration link www.playerpathway.englandhockey.co.uk/members/sign_in using your username and password.  Follow the instructions for registering making sure you choose “Bedfordshire Development Centre” and this will transfer your player. 

My player has been nominated for U13 Development Centre or U15/U17 Academy Centre Assessment but can’t make the date(s) – what should I do? 

Please register player using link above.  We will email all players during August to confirm arrangements for Development Centre and Academy Centre Assessments.  This will include information on what to do if your player can’t make the assessment date – we will offer alternative arrangements as far as possible.  Please register now to ensure you receive future updates. 

Why is training at Bedford? 

We require access to a double pitch and a clubhouse to provide an appropriate training environment. 

Why do you only run Development Centres for U13s? 

We believe our Development Centres offer a unique training opportunity for U13s – players have fun whilst developing their hockey skills in an environment that is different to either school or club; the camp environment works well for players, coaches and parents alike.   

We extend the opportunity to attend our Development Centres to all players going into Y6, Y7 and Y8 in September following our summer Development Centre, so this includes some players (youngest in Y6) who will be too young to be assessed for our U13 Academy Centre but also includes amongst the oldest Y8s, players who will be assessed for our U15 Academy Centre (see table and supplementary questions below). 


Academy Centre Age Group 
(players born in ….) 




2020 / 21 

2009 / 2008 

2007 / 2006 

2005 / 2004 

2021 / 22 

2010 / 2009 

2008 / 2007 

2006 / 2005 

2022 / 23 

2011 / 2010 

2009 / 2008 

2007 / 2006 

2023 / 24 

2012 / 2011 

2010 / 2009 

2008 / 2007 

2024 / 25 

2013 / 2012 

2011 / 2010 

2009 / 2008 

Forthcoming Season 2021 / 22 

My player is going into Y6 in September but is born in 2011, why can’t they attend U13 Academy Centre Assessments when some of their friends in the same year are attending?

The Player Pathway is designed to feed into the National Age Group Squads (at the highest level) so is based on birth years rather than school years.  Players born in 2010 are already a year “young” for the U13 age group so whilst we encourage all players in Y6 to attend our Development Centres for experience, we cannot take players born any later than 2010 into our Academy Centre. 

My player is going into Y8 in September and birthday falls on or before 31 December 2008, why do they have to register for U15 age group when all their friends are in U13 age group? 

The Player Pathway is designed to feed into the National Age Group Squads (at the highest level) so is based on birth years rather than school years i.e. ages as at 31 December.  Players in Y8 born on or before 31 December will be 13 before the end of this year so are too old to compete in the U13 age group.  Our coaches will ensure that they have a positive experience in U15 age group and integrate fully into the squad.  If you have any concerns at a later stage, you should contact your squad manager/coach direct (details on PPS). 

My player is going into Y10 in September and birthday falls on or before 31 December 2006, why do they have to register for U17 age group when all their friends are in U15 age group?

The Player Pathway is designed to feed into the National Age Group Squads (at the highest level) so is based on birth years rather than school years i.e. ages as at 31 December.  Players in Y10 born on or before 31 December will be 15 before the end of this year so are too old to compete in the U15 age group.  Our coaches will ensure that they have a positive experience in U17 age group and integrate fully into the squad.  If you have any concerns at a later stage, you should contact your squad manager/coach direct (details on PPS). 

What happens after U13 Development Centre?  

Selected players will be invited to attend U13/U15 Academy Centre Assessments in September – see above re age group information.  There will be a small fee for the Assessment and additional details will be sent with the selection notice.   Players who are not selected for the Academy Centre Assessment at this time, are encouraged to continue to develop their hockey through their school and/or local club.  

What happens after U13/U15/U17 Academy Centre Assessment? 

Players are notified if they have been selected to attend Academy Centre within a week of assessment.     

Players not selected for Academy Centre training at this time are encouraged to continue to develop their hockey through their school and/or local club (details available on our website).   

Why is Academy Centre training on a Monday night, finishing at 9pm which is quite late?   

Training on Monday evenings avoids clashes with junior club training – this impacts Academy Centre players who play and/or coach at clubs.  Also, many of our coaches play National League or East League Hockey on Saturdays with significant travelling distance so Sunday is their only day to spend with family/at home!  Most club training sessions are Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday and survey feedback tells us that Friday nights are not popular with parents, players or coaches! 

We have found that 2 hour training sessions offer the best experience for players.  We recognise that rush hour traffic poses challenges for parents and coaches trying to get to Bedford Hockey Centre.  Our solution is to start training sessions at 7pm and finish at 9pm but only once a month, on average.  Feedback over the past 2 years has been very positive from players and parents.