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Training centre optimisation for GB Hockey

"Edge Analytics offered a valuable, bespoke and timely solution. Making informed and evidence based decisions is critical to our investment of finite resources and Edge Analytics supported us in ensuring that we did just that."

Ed Barney - Head of Talent Development at GB Hockey

In developing its nationwide network of training centres, GB Hockey sought to ensure that facilities were optimally located to provide reasonable travel times for up to 9,000 players, whilst meeting certain capacity thresholds at each training centre location.


GB Hockey posed three specific questions:

  • To minimise the drive-time of our 9,000 players, where would we position 14, 16, 18 or 20 training centres, and what would be the player numbers allocated to each (assuming approximately equal player numbers at each centre)?

  • How many training centres would we need to ensure 95% of players have a drive-time of less than 30, 40, 50 or 60 minutes?

  • What would be the location of these training centres and what would be the player numbers allocated to each?


Edge Analytics used its suite of optimisation solutions to derive a range of solutions which met GB Hockey’s coverage, accessibility and capacity criteria. To support the strategic development of GB Hockey’s training infrastructure, Edge presented a range of scenario outputs, including coverage, accessibility and capacity statistics, along with information on training centre locations and the allocation of players to these locations.

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