About The Academy

The Hockey Mentors Academy is a unique 8-month journey for 100 junior performance hockey players aged 13-18 who have barriers to success, so they can reach their potential in all aspects of life.

Everyone who meets the criteria and applies in the first 100 spaces gets the following:

Hockey Q&A

Online Guest Q&As

Monthly online sessions with inspiring and knowledgeable people from the hockey world, including some of the GB players in the mentor team and some of the biggest names in English Hockey (groups split by age/gender).

Online Life Skills Sessions

We have monthly life skills sessions to help build the holistic skill-set of people in our academy, which include a presentation and then discussion groups (split by age/gender). These help our players thrive in all aspects of life.

Network Support

When you have barriers to success it can feel like no-one has your back. You may feel disconnected from your hockey peers and you don’t know who can empower you to find your voice and support you with their experience. We provide this support network for you. Meet like-minded people, get your voice heard by high-level players and get our support when you need to make decisions for your hockey.

In-Person Days

We host two in-person days at the start and end of our journey together to build connection within the group and have loads of fun. We have partnered with the innovative and adventurous Y1 Hockey to deliver Y1 Evolution Cup days at both and also have an additional day to play more hockey together. These are fantastic events where our players get to connect with each other and the mentors.

26 lucky players will also get 1-1 Mentoring:

1-1 Mentoring

A 5-week programme looking at hockey performance, school performance and leadership/personal development. Each week contains a key theme and follow-up tasks. This will be delivered by our 26 mentors, who have all played high-level hockey. We will match each mentor with the suitable junior player, to ensure they get the most out of the mentoring.

Timeline For The Academy

July/Aug 2021: Online Inductions

30th/31st July 2021: In-Person Induction Days

Sep 2021-Nov 2021 /Jan 2022-Mar 2022: Main Academy (Online Sessions)

Mid-Apr 2022: In-Person Graduation Days

Outcomes

We believe that life is about much more than success in hockey. The players who go through our academy will come out of it with greatly enhanced life skills for holistic success, which improve their leadership skills, academic skills, communication skills, confidence and ability to deal with setbacks. We recognise that those with barriers to success are often not taught life skills at the same level as more privileged peers.
We believe mindset makes a critical difference for success in hockey. The players who go through our academy will come out of it with a deep understanding of what mindset it takes to be successful in performance hockey, setting them up for the best chance of future hockey success. The learning experience will be deep. There will be opportunities to learn from many top international players/ coaches.
Perhaps a summary of all the barriers is the underlying feeling that you don’t belong in the hockey family. The players in our academy will go from feeling like they don’t belong in the hockey family to feeling like they can shine in the hockey family. Those who come into our academy will have our support for life. They will benefit from our connections, as we look to support them in their dreams and goals.