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Matt Cooke, BBC London
A new drive to get young people into Hockey has been launched by the England Hockey Association - and they've chosen Bexley to host a new junior development centre
When it comes to media attention and ticket sales; English fans are often more interested in Football, Rugby and Cricket - but, another sport invented in England is now fighting back.
Bexley has been chosen by the England Hockey Association and Kent Hockey to launch a new academy style scheme to help get young people interested in the sport.
The plan is to launch a nationwide system that can deliver high quality coaching to young players.
Top class coaching
The organisations are also keen to spot young talent at an early age, to provide support and advice to those who show a talent for the sport.
Five new junior development centres will be based across Bexley and Kent - offering top class coaching.
The scheme will target under 12s and under 13s in the first phase, with training taking place at local sport colleges.
Under 12's will be trained at Erith School, whilst the older players will be at Hurstmere School in Sidcup.
It's not too late to get involved either, players in Bexley or North West Kent will be able to take part in an assessment session in September.
The assessment session will take place on Sunday 14 September at Hurstmere School, Sidcup. Under 12 boys and girls should attend from midday to 2.30pm and under 13s from 2.30pm to 5pm.
From here, 25 players will be selected to attend an intensive 12 week coaching programme in Bexley. There will also be a chance for players under 13 to apply for a place in the sports Junior Academy.
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last updated: 11/08/2008 at 17:09