Home Nations hockey revived with ‘development series’


A home nations ‘development series’ will take place between Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales, with the tournament set to be given longevity if proved successful.

Home nations’ rising stars will compete in July’s GB&I Nations Hockey Development Series, for athletes of both genders who missed out on European junior age grade competition over the last two years.

It follows the decision by all the home nations to withdraw from the 2021 EuroHockey Under-18 Championships.

The competition will run over three double header weekends, starting on July 10 and 11, with matches taking place in Lilleshall and in Ireland.

Hockey Ireland performance director Adam Grainger said: “This development series, combined with ongoing programme activity for the U23 girls and the soon to be communicated U21 boys programme, will create windows of opportunity for players to showcase their potential.

“International Junior Age Grade player development is of paramount importance for Hockey Ireland as we transition between Olympic cycles, and the decision to withdraw from the EuroHockey Under-18 Championships has therefore not been easy.”

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