Club Umpire Programme

The club umpire programme is aimed at engaging with and growing the number of umpires in your club and supporting them to be confident and enjoy umpiring!

Timeline of the programme:

  • Pilot programme in season 2022/23 across 10-15 clubs
  • Open invite to all clubs to take part in the programme 2023/24
  • Intention to make mandatory within all Hockey Ireland affiliated clubs for season 2024/25

Who can be a club umpire coach:

  • Current or former provincial/national umpire OR
  • Completed (or will complete) Rules of Hockey online quiz and Fundamentals of umpiring module 1

What training does the club umpire coach receive:

  • IHUA Club Umpire Coach Course
  • 2 seminars per season (the initial IHUA club umpire coach course counts as the 1st seminar)
    • The aim of the seminars is to keep the club umpire coaches up to date with the developments in umpiring (new rules etc) and to address any concerns/issues and also to gain their input into improving the programme
  • The club umpire coach will also be supported by their provincial umpire association and their regional development officer

If you would like to get involved – email Stephen Jenkins on

Call for vacant properties to be made available

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council is joining with other local authorities to lead a new appeal for offers of unoccupied properties to provide temporary homes for those fleeing war in Ukraine.

More than 60,000 people have arrived in Ireland from Ukraineand most are in need of safe and secure accommodation. This new call aims to make use of unoccupied houses, apartments or holiday homes to provide much needed accommodation on a temporary basis.

The appeal is for offers of houses, apartmentsor holiday homes for use as temporary accommodation for those arriving from Ukraine. Ideally, properties would be available for at least six months. Property owners can offer homes at or by contacting the local authority in which the property is located.

The local authority in which the property is located will be the point of contact for owners throughout the offer and assessment process. Owners can expect to be contacted by the local authority within 5 working days of making an offer and an assessment of the property will be carried out shortly after. In addition, the person who offers the property will be able to check the status of their offer at any stage through the website. Local authorities will also match suitable properties to Ukrainian beneficiaries and can support in agreeing licence agreement and other arrangements.

Full details of the call for properties are available at where offers can be made. We are grateful for any support you could offer on this initiative.

Avoca Sponsor Avoca Hockey Club

Avoca Hockey Club is delighted to announce that Avoca Ireland is now sponsoring both our women’s vets teams!

About Avoca Ireland
Avoca comprises 14 stores and is famed for their award-winning cafes, luxury homewares, fashion, accessories, and gifting ranges. Established in 1723 as a handweaving company, Avoca continues today to produce quality wool products from the original site at Avoca Co. Wicklow. Avoca stocks a wide range of Irish and international fashion brands.

Read more here.

Online Autism in Sport Workshop

DLR Sports Partnership with CARA Centre are hosting an online Autism in Sport Workshop this Monday 21st November from 7pm -9.30pm.

The online workshop will provide attendees with an understanding of Autism focusing on the delivery of sport. It will help participants to recognise and understand key areas of difference as well as looking at practical strategies which will help to include people with autism in sport sessions.

This workshop is suitable for Sports leaders, coaches, volunteers, teachers, principals, special needs assistants (SNAs), parents or anyone who has an interest in making their sport accessible and inclusive for people with Autism.

The cost is just €10 and you can book through the following Eventbrite link.

Christmas Jumper Day

Our wonderful Christmas Ambassadors, siblings Shay and Chloe, are asking you to do the simplest thing, to help children like them and every sick child that comes through the doors of Children’s Health Ireland hospitals and urgent care centres at Crumlin, Temple Street, Tallaght and Connolly.

Their story is so inspiring and heartwarming, one of bravery, love, support and care. “Shay and Chloe’s story is just one of many that makes Christmas Jumper Day so important. This time of year is all about giving, and when you jump into a Christmas jumper, you give kids (and parents like us) the best gift ever… HOPE” say Irene and James, Shay and Chloe’s parents

We need YOU to sign up to help each and every child who comes through the doors of our Children’s Health Ireland hospitals and urgent care centres at Crumlin, Temple Street, Tallaght and Connolly. Your donations will give sick children the very best present and will make a lasting difference for our littlest patients and their families this Christmas and beyond.

So please, on Friday, 9th December, gather your teams together and ask them to simply…….Wear a silly sweater to help sick children get better! 

Update on Hockey Pitch Development, November 2022

Newpark Sports Centre
Newpark Comprehensive School
Avoca Hockey Club Logo
Avoca Hockey Club

Following on from our previous announcement in relation to the resurfacing of the Newpark Comprehensive School hockey pitch, we now wish to provide an update on the pitch redevelopment.

Resurfacing works that had been scheduled to commence have unfortunately been under ongoing delay, primarily due to supply chain issues related to key materials. Subsequently, consideration has also been given to the risks associated with potential adverse winter weather conditions during construction, as a consequence of the delay in initiating works.

As a result, Newpark Comprehensive School and Avoca Hockey Club have decided that the most sensible course of action given the circumstances is to pause the current phase of development in the short term. 

We acknowledge and thank all users and patrons, from the School, Club and Sports Centre for their patience and support over the last number of months.

We are now planning for an implementation of the pitch resurfacing works to commence in Spring 2023.  We look forward to the realisation of this project and the benefits it will bring to all.

Eoin Norton


Newpark Comprehensive School

Ben Geoghegan


Avoca Hockey Club

U16s Monkstown Win

A week after their disappointing 4-1 defeat against YMCA, Trevor Dagg’s U16 team returned to indomitable form on Sunday afternoon in Newpark with a league win over Monkstown. Joseph Dewerdt fired a cracker of a goal midway through the game to put Avoca 1-0 up. The team worked hard to withstand the pressure – helped by some goalkeeping heroics from Oskar Nielsen – to finish with a win. It was an impressive display of determination and force – well done to the whole team.

Avoca all-stars ID Hockey team.

Avoca Hockey Club is offering a 4 week introduction to hockey programme for players with intellectual disabilities aged 10-18 in Newpark School. Sessions are from 6-7pm beginning Thursday 17th November. Please bring a gum shield and shin guards are recommended. Hockey sticks will be provided. Contact Patricia Martin for further details: