Development Squads

Borders Hockey Junior Development Centres (JDCs) are local training centres

U12, U15 age groups

JDCs can be accessed through nominations from schools, clubs or Junior Development Coaches.

After playing for a club or school, attending a JDC is the next step on a hockey’s player pathway.  The coach or teacher can nominate a player to attend if they think it is appropriate for the player’s development.

What happens at Border Hockey Junior Development Centres (JDCs)?

The centres provide regular training sessions where players will receive coaching on the core skills of hockey from appropriately qualified coaches.

The combination of training for fitness and developing core skills required for the current game, played on artificial surfaces allows players to develop in a variety of situations and ensures that they are assessed over the whole programme in more than just the competition environment.

Players will attend whichever JDC is closest to where they attend school initially, however the final squad will train at Tweedbank, the Regional Hockey Centre, which provides the best playing surface.

Is there a cost to attend a JDC?

A fee will be charged for attending a block of training sessions.  This is to cover the cost of the facility and pay the coach.

Kit is also available to purchase online from PSL Teamsports.

Which Age Group?

Birth Year 2012 JDCs 2013 JDCs 2014 JDCs
1998 Under 15s Under 16s Under 17s
1999 Under 14s Under 15s Under 16s
2000 Under 13s Under 14s Under 15s
2001 Under 13s Under 14s


Above are the recognised age groups for U13 and U14, for JDCs, however it is currently easier to work within school year groups..


For the Season 2014/15 Borders Hockey Development have made a decision to change the format of the development squads.  The squads will target the best players Under 15 who demonstrate the potential to make regional/international level.  There will still be three regional development squads, two based at Tweedbank and one at Berwickshire High School.

There will be trials held on:

15th September at Berwickshire High School for development squad EAST which will comprise of players from Eyemouth, Berwickshire and Kelso.

15th September at Tweedbank for development squad WEST which comprises of players from Earlston, Galashiels and Peebles.

19th September at Tweedbank for development squad SOUTH which comprises of players from Hawick, Selkirk and Jedburgh.

Schools will be invited to send a maximum of 20 Under 15 players who they feel demonstrate the potential to make Regional/International level.  This should incorporate players from S1 – S3.

These initial trials will allow selectors from Scottish Hockey and Borders Hockey Development to stream players into development squad 1 (20 players) and development squad 2 (24 players).  The development squads will consist of players who demonstrate Scottish Hockey/Borders Hockey Development’s core values which are: trainability, technical ability, required movement patterns, work ethic and positive attitude.  Development squad 1 consists of those who show more advanced attributes.  Development squad 2 will consist of emerging talents.

Sessions will runs as follows:


Development Squad 2

Monday 22nd September – 17th November

5.30 – 6.30

Development Squad 1

Monday 22nd September – 17th November

6.30 – 7.30



Development Squad 2

Monday 22nd September – 17th November

5.30 – 6.30

Development Squad 1

Monday 22nd September – 17th November

6.30 – 7.30



Development Squad 2

Monday 26th September – 21st November

3.30 – 4.30

Development Squad 1

Monday 22nd September – 21st November

4.30 – 5.30



23rd November 2014


12.30 – 2.30 – Development Squad 2

2.30 – 4.30 – Development Squad 1


The tournament in November will allow Borders Hockey Development to reappraise players and allow for the realignment of squads or the introduction of new players.

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