Sport Canada defines ‘NextGen’ as athletes who are 5-8 years away from an Olympic/World Cup podium. The Field Hockey Canada Men’s NextGen national program is a collection of young athletes from across the country. These players train and compete in their regional training centres located in BC, Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec. It is from this athlete pool that coaches draw for Junior and Youth international competitions. The NextGen pathway also serves as the development pipeline for the senior Men’s National Team.
The NextGen tiered system identifies athletes at different ages and stages of their NextGen development. This holistic approach allows for Field Hockey Canada to identify talent at many junctures and include athletes at all stages of their development. Read more and view the current NextGen tiers below.
Field Hockey Canada is always evaluating and identifying young talent. The talent identification model allows Field Hockey Canada to use different stages of the year to identify and evaluate young talent by way of training camps, tours and talent ID sessions. The long-term development of Canada’s Targeted Athletes is a fundamental priority of this program. Our goal is to provide the best possible experiences for players to realise their potential of representing Canada on the International Stage.
Athletes within the NextGen system are evaluated based on the Junior Gold Medal profile which is an evaluation metric that compares athletes to World Class Junior Internationals globally. Athletes are evaluated on a scale of 1 – 10 where 1 would be a recreational youth athlete, and 10 would be a Junior International with Senior team Caps and potential participation at Senior events such as Pro League or Olympic Games. The NextGen program is working toward the following performance goals for Canadian Evaluation. Athletes within the NextGen system can expect to receive regular feedback related to their performance.
NextGen is a completely Self-Funded program, in order to bring athlete fees down as well as reduce cost for training tours, international competition and events a significant sponsorship and fundraising program is needed. All athletes involved in the NextGen program can participate and support both fundraising and sponsorship programs. Participants are encouraged to reach out to the FHC Sponsorship and Fundraising leads for more information, or with any leads regarding sponsorship or fundraising. Every effort will be made to find financial support for National Teams, and NTC Training Centres to reduce the overall cost of the program.
Sponsorship Contact – Hailey Yhap (Field Hockey Canada Events and Engagement) – firstname.lastname@example.org