Want to take the next step in your Hockey career?

The IAS Hockey Program is designed to support the developmental needs of the regions young talented hockey athletes by providing industry leading high-performance sport development programs. Scholarships are offered for a 12-month period commencing in October and concluding in September. However, there is a heavier focus on the program from September through to state team selection trials in April. The aim of the program is to provide additional skill development on top of club or school-based training.

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The program will provide coaching, training and competition to improve athlete development with a view to:

  • Develop the fundamental skill level of athletes which will enhance their opportunities for selection into NSW State Teams or AAP
  • Prepare athletes to a level where their transition to any NSW State Team is ‘seamless’ in terms of programs or pathways
  • Increase the level of success of those athletes at competition and events in Female AFL competition nationwide
  • Provide education around athletic development as well as personal development in topics such as Nutrition, Sport Psychology, Media Skills / Public Speaking, Youth Leadership, Drugs in Sport
  • Provide an introduction and progression into sport specific strength and conditioning
  • The program will conduct weekly skills based and strength and conditioning training to which attendance is expected.

2020/21 Staff

Alex Mackay, Head Coach

Zac Nyrhinen, Assistant Coach

2020/21 Squad

Madison Agnew
Jessica Avnell
Abby Bailey
Kuan Brown
Brendan Clinch
Bridget Connors
Charli Corbin
Elizabeth Davies
Max Ferri
Imogen Fowles
Robert Frew
Paris Hales
Damon Harper
Oliver Hawker
Kiarah Inskip
Alexandra Jones
Darcey Kast
Amity Mayo
Ryah Minns
Georgia Mitchell
Ben Morrison
Hayley Murray
Perri North
Alex Rae
Isabelle Robertson
Jayden Sandison

Benjamin Thomas
Mia Vorster

Zara Wright

Scholarship Components

Hockey Academy Games

Skill Development

S&C Testing

Strength & Conditioning


Education Sessions


2020/21 Scholarship

Athlete Eligibility

To be eligible for an IAS Hockey Scholarship, athletes must:

  • Reside within the Illawarra Region, Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama, Shoalhaven and Wingecarribee
  • Be a registered member with Hockey NSW through an Association within the Illawarra region
  • Between turning the age of 16, 17 or 18 during in 2021

Athletes identifying as Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander are eligible to participate in the MCR Indigenous Sports Program (ISP). The ISP provides an opportunity for the IAS to provide mentorship and a dedicated level of focus upon the outcomes and support for Indigenous athletes.

Indigenous Sports Program


2020/21 Hockey

Selection Criteria

Satisfy the eligibility criteria and demonstrate the following qualities;

  • Physical abilities and physical skills considered to be essential for eventual success in hockey
  • Display an ability to apply coaching & technical instruction
  • Display attitude, commitment and dedication to improving performance
  • Demonstrate potential to be selected for Hockey NSW state teams within 12 months
  • The ability or potential to work as part of a team to achieve excellence

NB: Subjectivity is an unavoidable element of selection to the IAS Hockey Squad.


2020/21 Scholarship

Trial Details

Selections completed for 2020/21. Next intake will be commencing October 2021.


2020/21 Scholarship


The IAS is the only regional Academy to not charge an athlete levy to athletes successful in obtaining a scholarship. However, athletes may be required to contribute to some additional components of the program such as camps and tours.

Athletes will also be required to purchase the IAS Hockey squad uniform.