Online Applications

The 2020/2021 NIAS Hockey program applications are now CLOSED and the final squads have been selected. 

To be eligble, athletes must be aged 16 - 18 years old in 2021 (born 2003-2005).

Coach Nominations for the 2020/2021 season are now CLOSED. Download the form here.

If you require more information, please contact the NIAS office.

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2021 Squads:

Tahlia Barwick Loomberah
Lili Beattie Tamworth
Izzy Bramley North Tamworth
Brydie Chegwyn Moore Creek
Olivia Clarke Armidale
Ella Constable Tamworth
Emma Dauparas Armidale
Emma Gray Armidale
Ellie Highlands Tamworth
Jenna Marquardt Armidale
Chloe McWilliam Tamworth
Erin Porter Armidale
Kara Porter Armidale
Jorja Power Walcha
Claudia Rodda South Tamworth
Abigail Schimann Oxley Vale
Chloe Scicluna Tamworth
Bridget Tydd Tamworth
Abby Wakely Calala
Danika Watson Boambee
Sam Ball Armidale
Joseph Briggs Tamworth
Sam Griffith Tamworth
Mason Johns Armidale
Jude Kelly Tamworth
Cameron Le Surf Armidale
Rory Littlejohns Tamworth
Eden Love Armidale
Andrew Garette Macinas Tamworth
Lochlan Nicoll Armidale
Ben O'Connor Tamworth
Ethan Schumacher Armidale
Jayden Scott Tamworth
Ryan Taggart Tamworth


2020 Program Staff:

Girls Head Coach: Helen Willis  

Program Mentor/Head Coach: Greg Doolan (Hockey NSW)

Assistant Coach - Carissa Davis 

Assistant Coach: Fiona Porter

Assistant Coach: Josh Morton




Application Details

Who is Eligible

Male and Female athletes aged between 16-18 in 2021 (born in 2003 - 2005) live in the Northern Inland region, be a member of a Hockey NSW affiliated association (or be prepared to join).

Selection Process & Criteria

Up to 14 Male and 14 Female athletes will be offered a place in the Hockey Program based on performance at selection trials and or via talent identification processes. Selection will also be based on your attitude and commitment to Hockey.  

Trials will take place on the 18th October in Tamworth.

The following specific skills and tests can be conducted as part of the selection process at trials.

  1. 1st Touch quality
  2. Off ball awareness
  3. Off Ball movement
  4. Awareness of role out-letting
  5. Awareness of role pressing
  6. Endurance- 20m shuttle run or similar test
  7. Decision making with the ball
  8. Passion to succeed
  9. Speed
  10. Receiving front
  11. Receiving reverse
  12. Receiving going forward
  13. Receiving- turning with strength
  14. Receiving under pressure
  15. Elimination 1V1
  16. Elimination 2V1
  17. Defensive Skills.

Program year

Scholarship offered is for a 6 month period, November 2020 to April 2021 with skill based technical and tactical program during Hockey off-season.  Refer to events on webpage to confirm training sessions.  There will be a minimum of 36 hours of training on the turf. 

Please find below the confirmed dates for the 2020 NIAS Hockey Program.  Please note training sessions will run from 8am to 11am each time.   Please note all training sessions are compulsory, exceptions are made for illness, injury, school excursions and competing at a  Representative Hockey Event.  An email must be sent to your head coach with a copy to the NIAS Office prior.   Failure to attend may see you lose your position in the 2020 NIAS Hockey program 


Trials: Sunday, 18th October: Tamworth Hockey Fields, Time: TBC

Training Session 1: Sunday 1st November – Armidale

Training Session 2: Sunday 15th  November – Tamworth

Training Session 3: Sunday 22nd November (Boys Only) – Armidale

                               Saturday 6th December (Girls Only) - Armidale

Inter Academy Weekend: TBC 

Training Session 4: Sunday 14th February – Tamworth

NIAS life skills Education Day - date tbc 

Training Session 5: Sunday 7th March - Armidale

Training Session 6: Sunday 28th March Tamworth 


ClubsNSW Academy Games: 17th - 18th April

NIAS Awards Night to be confirmed.


Satellite training sessions to be run weekly in Armidale and Tamworth – times to be confirmed.  

Off season skill program is designed to provide players with increased skills and fitness to better prepare them for selection into NSW squads and school representative squads. 

Program content

Skill sessions and camps are held within the region throughout November to April. The skills program follows a structured approach concentrating on a range of individual skills early in the program which lead into team skills involving concept skills and game strategies. Guest coaches ensure that the program remains fresh and interesting and athletes are presented with new ideas and different perspectives to encourage their learning. Fitness sessions focus on the importance of building core strength to improve posture, balance and technique - both speed and an introduction to weights sessions are conducted. This program covers education sessions on sport psychology, sports medicine, nutrition, public speaking, media training, sun protection and career skills. The squad competes in the Annual Clubs NSW Your Local Club Academy Games each April.

The program consists of 6 regional training sessions held in either Armidale and Tamworth.   One session may include an inter Academy visit. 

Program Outcomes

Thia program is designed to provide athletes with increased skills and education to better prepare them for competition nationally and internationally.


Subjectivity is an unavoidable element in all selections. Athletes who feel the selection criteria has not been adhered to should be aware that NIAS has a formal 'Appeals' process available.

Contact NIAS if you would like to make an appeal and recieve feedback on your application. 

Athlete Benefits:

  • Intensive training support by quality regional, guest and state level coaches.
  • Attendance at the NIAS Life Skills Education Weekend (off-field education)
  • NIAS merchandise- training shirt, polo, shorts, cap and socks to be purchased by new athletes, returning athletes may purchase individual items as required. Additional items available for purchase.
  • Individual home training program and structured satellite training sessions
  • Sport Science fitness testing and support.
  • 1 Ticket to annual awards night.
  • Travel Assistance to attend NIAS regional training sessions and camps.
  • Financial assistance if selected into state team.
  • Fully Paid Athlete Levy scholarships due to financial hardship available.

Athlete Commitment

  • Attend all program activities.
  • Hockey is no 1 sport while on scholarship.
  • Be committed to a holistic approach to their development, both on and off the field.
  • Comply with the training requirements and respond in a positive manner to any suggestion or criticism.
  • Maintain an appropriate performance standard to continue to receive a scholarship.
  • Behave and dress in a professional and dignified manner when representing the NIAS and its sponsors.
  • Wear Academy apparel when representing the Academy at events.
  • Make yourself available (within reason) to sponsors and the media for promotional purposes.
  • Adhere to NIAS anti-Doping policy.
  • Maintain communication with NIAS and coaching staff as required.


Athlete levy:  $190 GST inclusive.  This levy covers training camps, coaching support, Life Skills Education Day, fitness testing, Awards Night ticket)
Sports Trip:  $190 GST inclusive. This is an approximate number, can change depending on tour activities.

Academy Games: $250 GST inclusive. This is for the female athletes selected to represent NIAS at the Academy Games.

Hockey Clothing Pack:  $TBC (Includes NIAS polo shirt, cap, training shirt, training shorts, tracksuit pants, hoodie and ankle socks).  Additional NIAS merchandise can be purchased.

Athlete levy support programs are available for those experiencing financial difficulty.


Open Date: 07 September 2020
Close Date: 14 December 2020

For further information please contact the NIAS office on 67 662526 or email

Applications currently closed


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