Fundamentals Course

Dates: Wednesday 17th and 24th August – attendance for both evenings and full course required to complete the course

Venue: St Joseph of Cluny School, Avondale Road, Killiney, Co. Dublin , A96 DK13

Fee and registration: €60 – register online at

Requirements: Be aged at least 16 years of age on the first day of the course

For whom: All coaches. Young coaches , parent volunteers, school coaches etc . Anyone who wants to do the level 1 course, the Fundamental course is a pre requisite for any more information that maybe required

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Irish JAG Camp

Over the weekend, Trevor Dagg and his team put together a skills camp to raise money for the Irish U18 hockey squad who are self-funding their trip to compete in the 8 Nations in Germany. The day went really well and was well attended by kids from all around Dublin.

If you would like to contribute to the team’s fundraising, then check out their page here.

Women in Sport Leadership Course

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership are delighted to announce that they will be delivering another bespoke DLR Women in Sport Leadership Course to clubs in the County in September 2022. This is the second time this highly rated, award winning, national course is being rolled out here.

This course is designed and delivered by experienced consultants Lisa Clancy and Sarah O’Shea, who have themselves worked at the highest levels in Irish sport. They also hold volunteer board positions as Vice President of Paralympics Ireland and Honorary General Secretary Olympic Federation Ireland respectively bringing their extensive sporting leadership experience to the programme. Our first course which took place in January 2022 received rave reviews from all the female participants which has helped them on their own leadership journeys in sport.

This leadership programme has already proved to be hugely successful elsewhere with over 230 female participants spanning over 52 sporting bodies creating a strong network of female leaders. Participants have included club members, athletes, coaches, volunteers, board members and support personnel from a variety of backgrounds and all ages within clubs and National Governing Bodies. Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership are delighted to be in a position to offer this course to 18 female volunteers involved in various roles at club level.

The aim of the DLR Women In Sport Leadership Programme is to provide training, guidance, and expertise to support women to thrive in leadership positions in sport. It will give women across the County the opportunity to learn additional skills, increase their confidence and build networks across sports.

The programme is specifically designed for female leaders over the age of 18 years old working or volunteering within sport (committee members, officials, volunteers, coaches etc.), but it is also suitable for females that are involved in sport and want to now pursue a position of leadership. The cost per participant for the full programme is subsidised at just €30 due to funding secured through Sport Ireland and the Dormant Accounts Fund.

The course is designed to be an enjoyable experience for participants to learn in a relaxed supportive environment and build a network into the future. It is a practical interactive course delivered over zoom and in person with participants expected to fully engage during the sessions and in various breakout groups as part of their learning experience.

The DLR Women In Sport Leadership Programme will be delivered through a mix of online sessions on Tuesdays evenings 19:00-20:30 (20th & 27th September, 4th, 11th & 18th October 2022) and a final session in person (Saturday 22nd October), venue to be confirmed.

There will be some group and individual exercises during the programme and the size of the class is limited to ensure everyone has the opportunity to fully engage and reach their full potential. The interactive practical classes allow each participant to work and focus on their own development, while also learning from other women and hearing about their experiences of leadership. On successful completion of the course each participant will receive a Certificate in Women in Sport Leadership from Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership.

How to Nominate:

All clubs or sporting groups based in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown can nominate one female who they feel is the most appropriate for the course and can benefit most from the content and supports. This nomination must come through the club Chairperson. Those interested should be a female already in a volunteer role in your club or recognised as having the potential to take on a leadership role in the near future. Attached is the Nomination Form which must be returned by 5pm on Friday 8th July 2022 to the following email address

Please note that places get booked up quickly. It is also important that nominees can attend ALL the course dates listed above.

Places on the course are limited to 18 and all nominations received by the closing date will be reviewed based on the content of this Nomination Form by the Board of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership to select the successful nominees for September 2022.

Topics on the course will include:

• Leadership• Values• Networking and Collaboration• Challenging Situations and Resilience• Conflict• Crisis Management • Communications and Developing Your Personal Brand• Influence and Change • Research and Governance.

Participants will also receive a one-on-one coaching session and support in producing their own Personal Development Plan. Modules will also include inputs from external speakers at national and local level relating their own personal leadership experiences.

SoftCo Senior Series against Japan & Uniphar U23 5 Nations

A week of international hockey in Dublin June 18th to 26th will send the Green Army off to the World Cup in style

The National Hockey Stadium, UCD will host an exciting week of international hockey with the Ireland’s senior women facing Japan four times in the SoftCo Series as part of final preparations for July’s World Cup.

In addition, the venue will also host the Uniphar Under-23 5 Nations tournament with Ukraine, the Netherlands, USA and India competing, making for 17 international fixtures between June 18th to 26th. Uniphar CEO Ger Rabbette said ‘Uniphar is delighted to be able to support a tournament that gives talented young players the opportunity to compete at international level at a great venue like the National Hockey Stadium, UCD. We’re excited to see how the home team fares, of course, but more importantly, we’re looking forward to seeing some fast-paced world class hockey,’

Senior women’s head coach Sean Dancer is thrilled to get top class opposition in Japan, currently 10th in the world and two places above Ireland. They bring a fast, attacking style which will make for a thrilling series.

With all the hockey being played around the world, it has been difficult to host matches in Ireland in recent times so we are delighted to be able to play these at home,” Dancer said.

“It has been a difficult couple of years with Covid and the girls are excited to see home crowds and the legendary Irish support back out in force.

The four senior matches are played on Saturday, June 18th (4pm); Sunday, June 19th (4pm); Wednesday, June 22nd (5pm) and Thursday, June 23rd (7pm).

The series runs in parallel with the Uniphar U23 5 Nations event which features junior world champions Netherlands and fourth place finishers India along with USA, Ireland and, significantly, Ukraine.

The Ukraine team will be hosted by Ireland as they were not able to attend the FIH Junior World Cup in South Africa in April.

Coach David Passmore commented: “Thanks to the support of Uniphar, this is ideal preparation as we head into the top European division in the summer and it is great to have non-European teams in India and the USA.

“We are delighted to host the Ukraine team given we should have played them in South Africa and to show our solidarity with their plight. With numerous players moving up to the senior squad and others now overage for the summer, it’s the ideal forum to assess other players in a competitive tournament environment.

The 5 Nations will consist of round robin matches in which three of Ireland’s matches precede senior matches and then a finals day on Sunday 26th June.

Hockey Ireland Interim CEO Richard Fahey commented: “It will be great to have full stands back to support our national teams on home soil after the difficult Covid period and this could not come at a better time for our teams heading off to the World Cup and European Championships.

“We hope the hockey community will come out in force and get behind the Green and Junior Green Armies with tickets now on sale through the Hockey Ireland website”

Tickets can be purchased at

Full event schedule:

Saturday 18 June

16:00 Soft Co Series Match 1: Ireland Seniors v Japan Seniors

Sunday 19 June

12:00 Uniphar U23 5 Nations: Netherlands v USA

14:00 Uniphar U23 5 Nations: Ireland v India

16:00 Soft Co Series Match 2: Ireland Seniors v Japan Seniors

Monday 20 June

14:00 Uniphar U23 5 Nations: USA v Ukraine

16:00 Uniphar U23 5 Nations: Netherlands v India

Wednesday 22 June

13:00 Uniphar U23 5 Nations: India v Ukraine

15:00 Uniphar U23 5 Nations: Netherlands v Ireland

17:00 Soft Co Series Match 3: Ireland Seniors v Japan Seniors

Thursday 23 June

15:00 Uniphar U23 5 Nations: India v USA

17:00 Uniphar U23 5 Nations: Ireland v Ukraine

19:00 Soft Co Series Match 4: Ireland Seniors v Japan Seniors

Saturday 25 June

09:00 Uniphar U23 5 Nations: Netherlands v Ukraine

11:00 Uniphar U23 5 Nations: Ireland v USA

Sunday 26 June: Uniphar U23 Tournament Play-offs

10:00 5th v Ireland Development

12:00 Uniphar U23 5 Nations: Bronze Play-off 4th v 3rd

14:15 Uniphar U23 5 Nations: Final: 1st v 2nd

Avoca Mixed 7s returns

The Avoca Mixed 7s hockey tournament returns on Saturday 25th June. This is a fun mixed hockey event for all abilities for 15-year-olds and over with some players in their 60s!

In the past, 16 teams have lined up to face each other in fast and furious group games before the close classification matches! There is a perpetual cup for the winners and we are delving into the history books to find out who won it last…

After the event, teams tend to head to the Wishing Well for refreshments.

Sign up as an individual or pay a team deposit here. €15 per person or €150 a team. Don’t forget, this is a pitch fundraiser, so feel free to donate more…

Avoca Mixed 7s Hockey Tournament

The Avoca Mixed 7s returns on Saturday 25th June at Newpark.

Player sign up €15 and you will be added to a team. Team entry for the day is €150.

Make sure you add your mobile phone number and specify team name or whether you are signing up as an individual.


Kids Hockey Camp

The Club is helping to fundraise for the Irish U18s Junior Hockey team as they prepare for the European 8 nations in July. All proceeds of this camp will go to our upcoming future stars!

The day is led by Trevor Dagg with present and past internationals guest hockey players in attendance. The hockey camp is open to boys and girls aged 7-14 and will be an excellent opportunity for your child to learn some new skills.

Irish U18s Camp Fundraiser

Sunday 19th June

Newpark Comprehensive School

Session 1: 10.30am-1.30pm

Session 2: 2pm-5pm

Tickets €45 for each session. Feel free to donate more to the cause...

Summer Camps

Avoca HC are delighted to announce that our A1 Summer Hockey Camps are opening for booking today. There are 2 different age camps, so book for the school year that your child will be in NEXT YEAR (22/23).

Camps – Avoca Hockey Club

Camp Week 1: 18-21st July

  • Junior Fun Camp – 1st to 3rd class – 9.30 -12.30pm
  • Junior Intermediate Camp – 4th class to 1st year – 3-6pm

Camp Week 2: 15-18th August

  • Junior Fun Camp – 1st to 3rd class – 9.30 -12.30pm
  • Junior Intermediate Camp – 4th class to 1st year – 3-6pm

Give Hockey a Go

Give Hockey a Go 2022

Last week, the final session of a 4-week programme to reengage or make a start with Hockey saw 3 mixed teams (Red, White and Black with Mark & Emma Meir, Naomi Murphy, Sandra Boyle, Emmet Lande and Niamh Kennedy) play a round robin series with Tiggy Hudson and Jeff Jones in Goals; Ben Geoghegan and Stevie Jenkins umpiring and Patricia Martin providing the BBQ.

A total of 45, 33 Women and 12 Men, signed up and nearly all attended at least one session. While most were already connected to Club as a Parent or had tried Social Hockey during the year nearly 1/3rd had no prior connection with the Club. Age range was 30 to late 50s and some 40s classed themselves as new to Hockey although you would not have guessed that by the time the matches got going on the last day. We hope to see many at Summer Hockey and look forward to welcoming new playing members in September.

This programme, now in its 4th year, involves the voluntary efforts of club members and a big thank you to Ben, Emma, Emmet, Jeff, Mark, Naomi, Sandra, Tiggy, Stevie and Niamh as well as Stephen Saint and Rebecca O’Donoghue who missed the final night through illness and work but not only anchored the rest of the sessions.

Yours in Sport

Dennis O’Connor

DLR Activity Programme

DLR are rolling out an 8-week Activity Programme to assist people with chronic illness to get back to exercise and assist in their recovery. This programme is delivered by ExWell Medical and their medical led approach makes it safe for all to take part. There are two sessions a week which takes place in the Sandyford Community Centre from 1.30pm – 2.30pm each Wednesday & Friday. The cost is subsidised at just €20 per month.

Other benefits:

  1. Improve Mobility
  2. Improve Fitness
  3. Be part of a social group
  4. Have fun

For more information please ring 085 252 5499 or email