England Hockey has said that players do not need to move immediately to Talent Centres (TC) after fears that parents were already taking juniors out of clubs to be part of the first cohort under the new framework strategy.
It follows reports that some clubs across England who are working towards Talent Centre accreditation are seeing junior groups overrun with children.
Ed Barney, England Hockey’s performance director, said: “If we have player movement with excessive travel at Talent Centres, this has gone wrong and if clubs that are TCs are encouraging or accepting [players] that is a fundamental failure in the model.”
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