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EHB statement on junior competitions framework

The EHB has issued the following statement:

Junior Competition Framework.
In 2008 the EHB made a decision to bring the junior schools and clubs competition programme in line with the principles of the Single System. The proposed programme was communicated in the spring of 2009 and implementation was due to take place for the 2009/10 season.

The EHB has issued the following statement:

Junior Competition Framework.
In 2008 the EHB made a decision to bring the junior schools and clubs competition programme in line with the principles of the Single System. The proposed programme was communicated in the spring of 2009 and implementation was due to take place for the 2009/10 season.
In June 2009 a number of schools approach EHB with a strong message that some of the implementation of the revised competition programme would create significant issues for schools and could lead to disengagement of schools from the EHB competition programme.
EHB agreed to postpone the full implementation of the schools programme until further discussions could take place with schools on the issues and challenges of the new framework. During this period of time the club competitions were implemented in part, albeit that there were issues around the age qualification date of players and also clashes with Single System centre activity.
We are close to completing this piece of work and given the recent announcements regarding school sport and school sports competition in particular, EHB felt this would be an appropriate time to give an outline of all the factors we are considering as part of this review. This will ensure we are in a position to implement a revised framework from September 2011 onwards.
There are a number of factors that require consideration as part of this review:
The results of the Schools Hockey Competition Survey (conducted by EHB in May 2010)
Feedback from the current EHB Club Age Qualification Questionnaire
Feedback from the recent 2011-12 centralised calendar consultation
Outcomes of the current EHB review of mini hockey
The recent government announcements of an ‘Olympic Style Schools Competition’
We are therefore currently engaging with a number of different organisations and working groups both within the hockey family and partners external to hockey. This will ensure that we respond as necessary to all relevant hockey and broader sport policies and programmes, and to make sure that we have representational feedback and input throughout.
These currently include:
EHB Junior Competitions Working Group
Our partner schools associations
EHB Single System Strategy Committee
Youth Sport Trust
Sport England
BOA
The timescales we are working to are as follows:
December 2010 – develop draft recommendations for 2011-12 junior club and school competitions framework
Jan 2011 – conduct any consultation / approval needed on recommendations
Feb 2011 – final 2011-12 junior club and school competitions framework confirmed
Mar 2011– 2011-12 junior club and school competitions framework published
Apr / May 2011 – guidance documents published
September 2011 – Implementation of School and Club Competition programme
It is important to stress that we cannot simply review one aspect of the junior competitions programme without considering the programme as a whole. The relationship between schools and clubs is critical and the pathway needs to be seamless for the young person.
Although there have been less issues in the club aspect of the framework, clearly changes in the school framework will impact on this and it has been appropriate to review both aspects in tandem.

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