The Checks Academy is an intensive development program for Checks’ talented and aspiring junior players (boys and girls) as they make the transition from junior to senior grades. The program is generally run for some weeks in the summer months to give promising and committed young players in Old Canberrans Hockey Club the opportunity to further develop their skills through some high-level training. The program includes a variety of 1 hour field and other types of sessions (e.g. fitness, sports psychology) over a four-week period. The expectation is that the Academy participants will continue playing for the club at senior level. Seyi Onitiri has been the program convenor to date. He has been assisted by other leading players and consultants in specialist areas, such as Sports Psychology.