GB Women's Elite Development Programme Squad Announced For 2023

A total of 32 have been selected for the 2023 GB Women's Elite Development Programme (EDP) squad. England, Wales and Scotland have representation within the playing group and additionally, six athletes currently studying outside of the United Kingdom have been named as reserves.

The group includes several players already capped at senior international level most notably Millie Holme (Wales), Bronwyn Shields, Eve Pearson and Ellie Wilson (Scotland) who competed in the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham last summer.

The squad also features 14 of the England U21 team who won bronze at the Junior World Cup in South Africa last year, the first medal ever achieved by an England side in the competition. They are joined by a wealth of high-potential younger English players who will combine U18 and U21 activity over the coming months as they continue to develop their tournament hockey skills and look to secure a place in the team for the next women’s Junior World Cup in Chile in December.

Following a rigorous assessment period over a number of different camps, I am delighted to be able to announce the selection for the GB Women’s EDP 2023. Competition for places in the squad was tough, the standards were high and I am excited at the quality of those players who have been successful.

The 2023 programme kicks in in February with the inaugural Women’s Pathway Camp at Lilleshall. This innovative camp will see players from Great Britain Senior and EDP squads come together with U16 and 18 players from all Home Nations. The three days will be a combination of activity both on and off pitch and promises to be a fantastic showpiece of Great Britain’s female hockey talent. Bringing together a group in the region of 100 players will provide an exciting opportunity for up-and-coming junior players to learn from the likes of Laura Unsworth and Hollie Pearne-Webb.

Last month the GB EDP men’s squad was confirmed. Head here to find out more.