Groundbreaking 9 week hockey programme, incorporating skill and technical development, sport psychology, S&C, game management and more.
Wednesday nights, 5.30-7pm (U14-U19, County trialist level and above)
25 April, 2 May, 9 May, 16 May, 23 May, 6 June, 13 June, 20 June, 27 June
Friday nights, 5.30-7pm (U10-U13)
27 April, 4 May, 11 May, 18 May, 25 May, 8 June, 15 June, 22 June, 29 June
EVO HOCKEY Performance Academy
For Outfielders and Goalkeepers aged 9-18 years who are looking to accelerate their hockey development in a focused, committed and enjoyable programme.
Players will work closely with EVO coaches each week. Our team includes top senior and junior internationals, as well as strength & conditioning, sport psychology and video analysis specialists.
Each player receives:
- Performance Academy training shirt
- Written hockey development pathway programme
- Theraband & speed-rope
+ WHAT IS THE FORMAT OF THE ACADEMY SESSIONS?
Players work closely with EVO Hockey coaches each week. They are grouped by age/ability and work in small groups of approximately 10 players per coach or less, ensuring attention to detail.
- minimum of 45 mins-1 hour skill development on astroturf
- remaining 30-45 mins dedicated as necessary to combination of: further technical skill development, sport psychology, game management and / or strength & conditioning specialist sessions
+ WHAT LEVEL IS THE ACADEMY - IS IT SUITABLE FOR MY PLAYER?
For the U14-U19 age groups, players should be at a minimum of County trialist standard and above, up to and including NAGS.
Our technical program is designed so that performance players can flourish in a creative and intensive training atmosphere, with the opportunity for them to get the attention to detail they need.
For the U10-U13 age groups, the Academy is open to all players. This programme is recommended for players who are looking to accelerate their hockey development in a focused, committed and enjoyable programme.
Bear in mind that the Academy at all stages has been designed for those who want to take their hockey development to the next level, whatever their starting ability. So commitment, enthusiam, and an open mind are the key essentials.
+ WHAT MAKES EVO SO GREAT?
We're glad you asked! See Our Story, where we explain the philosophy behind EVO Hockey and what sets us apart. But here's the short version -
Our camps are coached by the world's top senior players, up and coming junior internationals and some of the best creative coaching talent out there. Read more about our amazing coaching team.
We are trusted & recognised by the international hockey community. Our camps have been featured by the FIH (hockey's world governing body) and we have been invited to showcase at international hockey events such as the Champions Trophy. We regularly attract the world's best players to coach and young players travel from across the UK to attend, on recommendation from players and coaches.
Our camps are tailored to the players attending. You provide your playing information on registration and we make sure that, whatever your level, the programme you are on is optimised for you. In this way we have successfully developed players, from complete beginner to junior international level.
Our camps are creative, innovative and fun. We show young players hockey styles, philosophies and ideas from around the world, inspiring them to learn new skills and think about hockey in different ways. Sport psychology, strength & conditioning, video work and more are used to ensure maximum development benefit and enjoyment for all players.
+ WHY SHOULD WE TRUST YOU WITH OUR YOUNG PLAYERS?
At EVO Hockey we are extremely serious about the welfare of all players. Our camps have been designed by people with significant experience in coaching youth, club and school hockey. Chris Bowen, who designed and oversees the EVO camps program, has previously been Head of Hockey at Epsom College, Head of Hockey Development at Whitgift School and is currently Performance Director of Hockey at Reigate Grammar School.
With EVO, you can be confident that your young players are under the supervision of top coaches who have experience in working with children, the required DBS checks and appropriate first aid training.
+ WHAT EQUIPMENT DO WE NEED TO BRING?
For outfield players, gumshields and shinpads are an absolute requirement and no young player will be allowed to take part in the camps without these, unless parents sign a consent recognising the risks of doing so. We would NEVER advise playing hockey without gumshields and shinpads, at any age! Beyond that, clothes suitable for outdoor sport and the weather at the time are advised and astroturf shoes should be worn (not football boots). A hockey stick should be brought by your child but please note that we can supply a limited amount of sticks on request, so if one is needed please ask us beforehand to ensure availability!
For goalkeepers, it is essential to bring a FULL goalkeeper kit to the camp, as we only have a very limited amount of equipment available at EVO. If your child doesn't own a kit but plays for a club or school, we recommend you ask them for use of their equipment during our camps - our experience is that those organisations will often be willing to assist. However, please check any borrowed kit to ensure you have a complete set. If you are unable to source a kit, please contact us.
+ I CAN'T BRING MY CHILD FOR EVERY ACADEMY SESSION, IS THAT OK?
Of course! We understand that sometimes life throws up a curve ball and you can't always make every session. For the Academy programme, each week is different and builds upon previously developed skills. So players will get the maximum benefit from attending the full programme. However, each session can stand alone, so don't worry if you have to miss the odd one here or there.
The Academy is delivered as a single programme. Therefore, in the event of missed sessions, no credits can be given.
+ HOW DO YOU WORK OUT THE GROUPINGS?
We group players according to both age and playing experience, to ensure each player is able to get maximum benefit from their work with our coaches. We keep all players under review and there is the flexibility for individual players to be moved into higher age group sessions (subject to coaching assessments) so that we can ensure we get the best development outcomes for them.
Sometimes it is the right call to move a talented player up a level, to challenge them to deal with faster / stronger / bigger / more experienced players. Sometimes it is better to keep them within their age group, in order that they can 'stretch their wings' and continue to develop their talent. It is often a fine balance, but one our coaches are well placed to make!
+ WHAT IF WE HAVE TO CANCEL OUR PLACE?
We cannot offer refunds, but we can sometimes offer a partial credit for future events. Please make any requests to defer before the first Academy session by email - no-shows cannot be rescheduled after the event. We cannot always defer your place, but we will try to help wherever we can! See our Cancellations & Returns policy for more information.
+ WHAT IF THE WEATHER IS BAD?
This is the UK and we are made of strong stuff! We play on all-weather pitches, so expect the camp to run, rain or shine! Please ensure your children have sufficient clothing for the vagiaries of the British weather!
Fear not, however. If the weather gets too bad, most of our venues have some indoor space that we can use for cover if needed.
+ LOVE THE EVO SHIRTS IN THE PHOTOS & VIDEOS! HOW DO WE GET ONE?
You are in luck! Every player on the EVO Academy programme receives a special Academy training shirt! Train with it during the Academy, wear it to your club / school events and bring it back to wear on future EVO days.
If you want any other awesome EVO gear (hoodies, bobble hats etc), you can purchase them in our Shop.
+ DO YOU PROVIDE REFRESHMENTS?
No. Please provide a drinks / refreshments for the Academy sessions.
See us for yourself, check out EVO Hockey in action:
The Performance Academy is open to all and run by EVO Hockey with the support of our location partner, Reigate Grammar School. Their provision of fantastic sports facilities enables us to bring EVO Hockey to Surrey.