Volunteer Awards

The Volunteers in Sport Awards are back and we’re asking you to nominate that volunteer in your club who keeps the show on the road! Someone wo always has a smile on their face, a stalwart, a go to in your club community. The closing date for nominations is Wednesday 8th February 2023.

Through the Federation of Irish Sport, the Volunteers in Sports Awards is a celebration to honour and recognise individuals who are part of the wider volunteering community involved in sport, who give freely of their time and efforts in a variety of ways through the structure of sports clubs and/or community organisations in Ireland.

Nominations can be made by completing a short online entry form at https://lnkd.in/eEzBKTrV

Make their day! Get as many people in your club, community or association to vote for that special stalwart! #dedicatedtohededicated

Women in Sport

Women in Sport – Let’s Get Talking

Following on from our last Information Evening for Clubs last October where the main topic was around ‘Female Engagement & Participation in Sport’, we have created the attached bubble infographic.

We are encouraging DLR clubs to use the infographic to initiate important conversations around Women in Sport within your club to help support your female members & volunteers.

This infographic can be circulated to members, placed on social media platforms, printed and placed around facilities and most importantly brought to meetings and groups to be discussed. We hope that you find the information helpful and please feel free to contact us if you need any support.

We plan to hold our next Information Meeting for Clubs towards the end of March around the topic ‘ Inclusion within Sports Clubs’. We will keep you posted on the details.

ID Hockey programme

The ‘Avoca All Stars’ ID Hockey team got off to a great start last month with a four week introduction to hockey programme. 10 new players signed up aged 10-21 years. Some were new to hockey, others had played before, but all arrived enthusiastic and despite the cold weather the engagement and positive attitude the players brought to each session was outstanding. Each week stretches and games supervised by lead coach Lucy were followed by skill training. Thanks to a wonderful response from Avoca’s Women’s Vets, each player was matched with a buddy throughout the programme. We are delighted to announce all 10 players have signed up for 2023. The next ID Hockey programme will run from January 12th- February 9th for 5 consecutive weeks. Sessions are in Newpark on Thursdays from 6-7pm.

Contact pjcimartin@hotmail.com if you wish to sign up.

Appeal to respond to the needs of Ukrainians in DLR

The DLR Volunteer Centre is running a specific appeal to respond to the needs of Ukrainians. Their aim is to gather items to help them, particularly the children, enjoy the holiday season. They have received a list of very specific requests for items that would be greatly appreciated at this time.

Could you help them fulfil this wish-list?
You can help by adding a few needed items to your shopping trolley and delivering them to our donation point at Ballyogan Parish Hall.

  • Click here to view the list of required items which includes things like arts & crafts materials, bikes, personal hygiene items, clothing and more…! Please note, items should be new/unopened and at present they cannot accept items outside of those listed.
  • Let them know if you intend to make a donation by pledging some items here. Making a pledge isn’t essential but it does help them understand what items people are planning to donate and to establish which items we might be a little short on.
  • Drop off your contribution to their temporary donation hub at Ballyogan Parish Hall during one of our donation drop-off times:

Friday 9th December 11-2
Saturday 10th December 12-4

If you have any queries the DLR volunteer Centre can be contacted at
T:01 441 4444 or E: info@volunteerdlr.ie

Over 40s Football Tournament

8 teams have registered to compete in the inaugural Over 40s Football Tournament on Saturday 17th December.

Teams: Carysfort Dads, Chunkey Monkeys, Norfolk n chance, JP Kinsella, Glenanne, The Monkees, Geri Hatricks, Shankill.

Matches 15 minutes long – no stoppages.

Arrive noon for warm-up, further clarification on rules. Post-match drinks in Wishing Well.


Pitch 1
A v B
G v H
A v D
F v G

Pitch 2
C v D
B v D
E v G
B v C

Pitch 3
E v F
A v C
F v H
E v H


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 umpires@avocahockeyclub.ie

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 offerahome.ie 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 offerahome.ie 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.