Hampstead and Westminster Hockey Club

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HWHC Talent Academy

HWHC TA is based at Paddington Recreation Ground in Maida Vale, London and launched in the first cohort of Talent Academies in Summer 2021.

At the end of cycle festival in July 2023, the girls placed in the top 6 Talent Academies with two wins and one loss. The boys won all three matches, placing in the top 3 Talent Academies.

Four girls and three boys were invited to England U16 and U18 National Age Group trials.

Nomination to Talent Academy is managed centrally by England Hockey.

The next nomination window opens on 1st November 2023 and closes on 1st May 2024.

Talent Academy Process

1. Your child is nominated by their club, school or County to trial for a Talent Academy and you have selected HWHC.

2. We invite players to attend three Open Assessment sessions.

3. After the three Open Assessment sessions we will send a feedback letter via email.

There are two outcomes following trials:

A) Coaches have not selected this player for Talent Academy.

B) Coaches would like this player to attend trials in August/September for the 2024-25 Talent Academy cycle. These trials include 2023-24 age eligible TA players, alongside those successful in the open assessment phase.

Open Assessment Dates

Sunday 10th December 2023

Saturday 16th December 2023

Tuesday 16th April - Tuesday 21st May 2024 (Boys)

Thursday 18th April - Thursday 23rd May 2024 (Girls)

These trials include 2023-24 TA age eligible players, alongside those successful in the open assessment phase.

Players should attend at least two sessions but can join all four if they are able to.

All trials will be at Paddington Recreation Ground.

The cost to attend trials is £36. This is a fixed cost, players do not pay more to attend all four sessions.

Tuesday 27th August 2024

Boys & Girls: 5pm - 7pm

Wednesday 28th August 2024

Boys & Girls: 5pm - 7pm

Thursday 29th August 2024

Boys & Girls: 5pm - 7pm

Sunday 1st September

Boys & Girls: 10am - 2pm

  • HWHC TA Year 2 Calendar (29-May v9).pdf

HWHC Talent Academy is part of the London region and play East Grinstead, Guildford, Surbiton and Wimbledon Talent Academies during the cycle.

Fixture dates:

Sunday 17th December 2023

Sunday 11th February 2024

Sunday 21st April 2024

Sunday 5th May 2024

Saturday 25th May 2024

Sunday 23rd June 2024

Sunday 7th July 2024

Sunday 14th July 2024

Sunday 21st July 2024

Talent Academy Camps will run in the following school holidays:

Autumn Half Term - Friday 27th October 2023

Spring Half Term - Friday 16th February 2024

Summer Half Term - Friday 31st May 2024

Each camp is one day, 10am - 3pm, at Paddington Recreation Ground.

The cost to attend is £60.

Paddington Recreation Ground

Maida Vale, London W9 1PD

Transport: Maida Vale tube (5 mins walk)

Parking: There is a car park at Paddington Recreation Ground. The entrance is on Carlton Vale. The car park charges on weekdays and weekends. You can park for free on residential roads surrounding the park from 6.30pm on weeknights and any time at the weekend. Morshead Road and Grantully Road are close to park gates.

  • Paddington Recreation Ground Map.pdf

Talent Academy membership fees are for the full cycle, September 2023 - July 2024.

Financial support is available for any players who need assistance. It’s really important that we are aware of any financial support that is needed so please don’t hesitate to get in touch: Message Alex Whitelaw-Smart 

TA kit is provided by Hawkin Sport and parents will receive a link to the order page.

Playing kit

All players need:

Sky blue playing shirt


Sky blue socks

If players are unable to purchase kit, they are able to borrow a set for the season.

Shirt numbers

These are provided by the TA.

Away shirts

The men’s purple shirt and ladies navy tank are optional.

Away socks

The team wears navy socks if sky blue is a colour clash with another team. Any plain navy hockey socks are fine.

Quarter Zip

The quarter zip top is optional.


Option of either black or red. GKs selected for the festival in July will need both colours.

The TA Festival is the culmination of each cycle. Players take part in four matches across four days against other TAs. National Age Group scouts attend for the opportunity to take players forward to England trials.

18 players from each TA squad are selected to take part: 16 outfield players and 2 goalkeepers.

The age requirements are as follows:

U15 (Year 10) : No less than 3

U16 (Year 11) : No less than 5

U17 (Year 12) : No more than 6

U18 (Year 13) : No more than 2

U15/U16 GK : 1

U17/U18 GK : 1

TA Festival 2024

Sunday 28th - Wednesday 31st July 2024

Nottingham Hockey Centre

The cost is expected to be approx £350

Our Partners

Templeton Brook Witt
England Hockey Talent Centre
England Hockey Talent Academy
Templeton Brook Witt
England Hockey Talent Centre
England Hockey Talent Academy
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