Field Hockey Academy Personnel

The Premier Field Hockey Academy is another example of West Vancouver Schools’ commitment to facilitating increased access to athlete development through pathways in education. Sport is a viable pathway to meet numerous educational, societal, and personal objectives.

Field hockey is the second largest team sport in the world, played in 100 countries. The sport offers a lifetime of sporting and social opportunities for students. BC is the most active field hockey province in Canada. Both the men’s and women’s National teams are based in BC.

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Varied Skill Levels Accepted

Through a partnership with the West Vancouver Field Hockey Club (WVFHC), student-athletes now have the opportunity to experience the challenges and rewards of the exciting sport of Field Hockey. The program is open to student-athletes of all skill levels with the intention of providing the best possible field hockey experience. All development training sessions take place during the school day.


  • To develop the knowledge, skills and abilities of the sport of Field Hockey
  • To give each student-athlete the opportunity to reach full potential as both a player and a student.
  • To work in partnership with the West Vancouver Field Hockey Club (WVFHC) to provide athletes with field hockey development training in outstanding facilities and with access to excellent instruction, coaching and training
  • To use the Field Hockey Long-Term Athlete Development curriculum that facilitates the development of Field Hockey players at all levels of participation and to ensure that the experience of training is always appropriate for the developmental stage of the student-athlete
  • To promote a philosophy of long-term participation, performance and enjoyment of the sport of Field Hockey
  • To emphasize the importance of sportsmanship, fair play, and respect for fellow players, coaches and officials
  • To provide opportunities for increased self-esteem and self-confidence
  • To encourage students to have lifelong involvement in Field Hockey, whether as a player, coach or official
  • To provide awareness of a pathway for higher education opportunities
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The Program Concept

This program offers young Field Hockey players the opportunity to complete their academic requirements in the mornings and participate in Field Hockey development training in the afternoons, every second day, all during schools hours.

The Premier Field Hockey Academy is a choice program offered to students who are registered full time at any one of our three secondary schools: Rockridge, École Sentinel or West Vancouver Secondary. Students registered full time in schools out-of-district will be accommodated pending availability.

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Fact Sheet

This program:

  • Is designed for boys and girls, Grades 8-12, registered as full time students at Rockridge, École Sentinel, or West Vancouver Secondary Schools
  • Is open to out-of-district students, boys and girls (Grades 8-12) pending availability
  • Is conducive to scheduling students’ full academic requirements in the mornings in order to allow students the ability to participate in Field Hockey development training every second day in the afternoons
  • Provides students the Physical Education (8, 9, 10, 11 or 12) course at each grade level
  • Focuses on academic achievement, individual skill improvement and overall character development
  • Takes a holistic approach to athlete development
  • Is working in partnership with the West Vancouver Field Hockey Club (WVFHC)
  • Plans for student-athletes using the Field Hockey Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) curriculum
  • Provides an integrated framework to facilitate the development of Field Hockey players at all skill levels and experiences
  • Is lots of fun for students as they experience a variety of ‘game type’ opportunities
  • Is designed to include sessions (tactical, technical & overall fitness) scheduled at both outdoor and indoor training facilities
  • Provides student-athletes the opportunity to participate in the Regional High Performance Tournament
  • Provides eligible students the Coach Education course and certification opportunity such as the NCCP Coaching Certification
  • Provides students the Officials Education course and certification opportunity such as Level 1 Umpire Certification
  • Ensures student-athletes learn and understand the pathway that is available to them by participating in the sport of Field Hockey

Tuition: $2750 per year. The fee is divided into 10 equal payments @ $275 per month x 10 months (September – June)
Clothing Fee: Approximately $150 for the Clothing Kit. In addition, students are responsible for their own field hockey sticks, boots, shin pads, and mouth guards.

Requirements & Registration

Students selected to participate in the West Vancouver School’s Premier Academy must provide (scan) a copy of the most recent report card that indicates very good progress in academic subject areas, as well as evidence of socially responsible behaviour, an excellent work ethic, and an overall positive attitude.

The Premier Academy is a wonderful program for the student who wants to develop his potential as a high performance athlete or just for the student who simply wants to learn and enjoy playing the game. Students registered full time at West Vancouver Secondary, École Sentinel or Rockridge Secondary have the opportunity to pursue their interest in playing Field Hockey while continuing to receive an excellent education. Out-of-district students will be accommodated pending availability.

Canada excels to be among the top nations in the sport of Field Hockey, making our athletes a source of national pride. So for the ‘Field Hockey passionate’ student, we offer this very unique and quality program to assist student-athletes along a very exciting pathway.

Contact Information

Diane Nelson
Director of Instruction
West Vancouver Schools Premier Academy

Office Direct Line: 604-981-1150
Cell: 604-786-3575

If your student is interested in attending the Premier Field Hockey Academy, please complete and submit an online registration form:

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