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The Borders Hockey Development Officer with support of the Borders Hockey Development Group deliver services to provide opportunities for people throughout the Scottish Borders to engage in lifelong participation in hockey.

Our aim is to provide opportunity and access for any participant to be successful in their chosen area of hockey whether it be playing, coaching, umpiring, volunteering, regardless of gender, ethnicity, ability or social background.

We pride ourselves on providing quality educational and developmental opportunities for people in the Borders who want to be involved in hockey.

Borders Hockey Development objectives:

– Provide opportunity for more players to enjoy hockey to the highest level they desire throughout their lifetime in the Scottish Borders
– Provide a clear pathway to those involved in hockey from participation to performance
– Provide a clear pathway for those who wish to develop in coaching, officiating and volunteering
– Support and assist in club development
– To ensure that Borders Hockey Development promote safe, equitable and inclusive sporting practice.

For more information, contact Sarah:

Athlete pathway/ Development Programmes – Under 12, Under 13 and Under 14 age group squads

The Advanced Player Development Squad Programme (APDS) has been developed as a platform for the most talented hockey players, from across the Scottish Borders, to provide them with the opportunity to reach their highest potential. Whether this is reaching the highest playing levels or National/International level or playing to the best of an individual’s ability at a more local level.

Borders Hockey Development Programme is a hockey programme offered at various local hockey facilities throughout the Borders.

Schools and clubs nominate players who meet the correct criteria and have shown potential to be put forward for trials and thereafter the squads are duly selected.

After playing for a club or school, being part of the Borders Hockey Development Programme is the next step on hockey’s player pathway. The coach or teacher can nominate a player to attend if they think it is appropriate for the player’s development.

Talent ID

Border Hockey Development Programme provide regular training sessions where players will receive coaching on the core skills of hockey from appropriately qualified coaches.

This selection of the U12, U13 and U14 age groups and the selected squads will run from September to May.

The combination of training for fitness and developing core skills required for the current game, played on artificial surfaces allows players to develop in a variety of situations and ensures that they are assessed over the whole programme in more than just the competition environment.

Players will attend whichever Development facility, which is closest to where they live initially, however development tournaments that all squads are involved in will take part at Tweedbank, the Regional Hockey Centre, which provides the best playing surface.

A monthly Direct Debit fee will be charged for this programme. This is to cover the cost of the facility and pay the coach. Kit is also provided.

Find a club

Clubs are the lifeblood and soul of hockey in Scotland. If you want to play competitive hockey in Scotland, finding and joining a club is an important step.

Joining a club not only allows you to train and play matches, there is a vibrant and enjoyable social side to hockey too. Clubs run regular social nights and activities where you can meet new people and make new friendships.

There are currently three senior clubs in the Scottish Borders affiliated to Scottish Hockey. These clubs have qualified coaches delivering sessions for members. All clubs cater for both junior and senior players at a variety of levels. Details of training times, competitions, coaching, social events and club news can be found on club websites or Facebook pages.

We can help you find a member club in your local area, contact Sarah:

Coach education

Coaching hockey is a rewarding and inspiring experience. As a coach, you could work with players at all levels of skill and experience, from junior’s right up to senior level. Coaches make a real difference to the game and to the players you work with.

You do not need to be a skilled player to be a great coach. An enthusiasm for teaching and a passion for the game are much more important!

Good coaches are vital to the success and development of hockey in the Borders. That is why we follow Scottish Hockey’s coaching infrastructure to identify, develop and train our coaches.

Funding is available for all coaching qualifications. Sign up for funding through


Further information is available from the Borders Hockey Development Officer:


Officiating hockey

Do you love hockey? Would you like to become an umpire?

League, school and cup competitions offer you the opportunity to work as an official with a wide variety of hockey players at youth and senior levels in Borders

If you are interested in umpiring, Scottish Hockey provide Umpire Qualifications that will enable you to officiate at matches and in competitions. All potential and current officials should familiarise themselves with the rules and competition bylaws governing hockey in Scotland.

For further information contact Sarah: