National governing body (NGB)
England Hockey nominates its Under-21s and Under-18s players based on their talent and potential. The selection process is compiled by the England Under-21s and Under-18s National Head Coaches in consultation with the Under-16s National Coach and ratified by Dieter Hill (England Hockey Junior Talent Development Manager). Each squad can consist of up to 26 athletes and those who are currently demonstrating the greatest potential to become senior internationals in the future are nominated to SportsAid.
The nomination process
SportsAid only supports unfunded athletes who are nominated by their sport's national governing body. This ensures the right athletes get the right help at the right time - enhancing the sports' talent development programmes rather than duplicating them. Nominations take place every autumn.
You should contact your sport about whether you meet the criteria for the next round of SportsAid awards. Meeting the nomination criteria does not necessarily guarantee a SportsAid award because the charity can only distribute what it has fundraised.