NHA educational philosophy

Nordic Hockey Academy (NHA) was newly established in August 2017 in Skien, Norway as an international high school academy as part of the Skien Ice Hockey Club.

Nordic Hockey Academy educational philosophy and development concept is unique and  represents a modern pedagogical approach towards educating future ice hockey players.

The first NHA Alumni students who started the program in August 2017 created following sloguns to describe the true values of the program.

#start unknown- finish unforgettable



Nordic Hockey Academy philosophy in a nutshell stands for following values and visions.


Modern and well structured educational philosophy and pedagogical approach to educate people. More focus and resources on developing and investing into the individual “as a person” not just as a “hockey product” and that way increase the ultimate potential in each individual. Importance in correct self image and patience for long-term development plan and correct daily habits to achieve good results.


Highly educated coaching staff with international hockey experience and knowledge. Pedagogical degree and competence to educate and guide future athletes.

Modern and professional development plan that includes all major areas in prime hockey development:

  • Off ice training (strenght and conditioning)
  • On ice training (team)
  • On ice training (individual skills per position)
  • Mental and mindfulness training
  • Game performance and competition
  • Private life management

Vision to educate and develop our athletes to reach international top hockey level as well as motivate them to continue their academic career.


Exclusive program, which is targeted for players who understand and respect the importance of academic education and combining that with professional sports. Cooperation with several different schools in the area (Grenland) that enables our athletes and families to choose the right academic path from general “matura” high school to Toppidrettsgymnas and profession schooling. Ice hockey, like any sport, is a lifestyle rather than a hobby or spare time activity and therefore our goal is to educate ice hockey as a profession (“fagbrev”) with a comprehensive “life school” philosophy that our athletes may benefit for the rest of their lives.

All in all, one major focus of our program is to develop players towards professional hockey leagues but also encourage and support our players to achieve good results in school in order to be able to combine hockey and studying also after high school.

With these words we encourage you to challenge yourself in life and take the next step together with us.

Academic alternatives to choose from: 

Primary Schooling:


Telemark Toppidrrett Ungdomskole (TTU)

International School of Telemark (IST) * English



Upper Secondary Schooling (High Schooling):


Telemark Toppidrett Gymnas (TTG) 

Private sports school, with full facilitation for top sports.

Variety in academic programs.


Hjalmar Johansen vgs

Public sports school.

Variety in academic programs.

Skogmo vgs

Public profession schooling.

Variety in academic programs.


Skien vgs

Public high school.

Variety in academic programs.


Porsgrunn vgs

Public IB school.

English diploma.