Continuing his exclusive series, leading coach JON ROYCE says that we need to bring independent schools under the umbrella of clubs to stem burnout and player dissatisfaction
Back in the 1970s, many former grammar school pupils moved into the independent sector in newly formed independent day schools. Changes in the participation profile of hockey saw children playing in clubs as well as schools.
In many places, the driver was to allow players to play an entire season, rather than for a term, as excellence is difficult to achieve in a 10-week term. In many cases the grammar school team walked up the road to the club.
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