Director of Hockey

Avoca Hockey Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Rudi Wortmann as our new Director of Hockey. Rudi joins the club at a very exciting time where he will lead the implementation of the hockey strand of our recently reviewed 5 year development plan.

With a wealth of coaching experience from roles in several Leinster based clubs as well as time with the Leinster Ladies squad and both the Irish under 21 Ladies team and the Irish senior Ladies team he will be working closely with the clubs coaches. The development of coaches has been identified as key to developing our players and is something the Club has identified as a priority for the coming years, so current and aspiring coaches will be encouraged and given opportunities to up skill supported by the Director of Hockey.

Rudi has previously held the role of Director of Hockey and Development Officer in other clubs and brings this experience to Avoca where we aim to enable all our members develop their skills no matter what level of hockey they are playing at.

We welcome Rudi to the club and look forward to working with him over the coming years.

AGM 21st May 2020

The Avoca Hockey Club Annual General Meeting was held on 21st May 2020 via zoom.

Reports are as follows:

LHA AGM 2020

Notice of Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Leinster Hockey Association 202010th July 2020

Venue: Three Rock Rovers HC (Pitch) at 19:30

Due to the Covid19 restrictions currently in place and in light of the Company’s requirement under Statutory Law to hold the AGM on/by 10th July 2020, the Board has determined to hold the AGM on 10th July 2020.

The Board has determined the following in respect of this meeting

1.       The normal agenda will not be followed

2.       There will be five items on the agenda (detailed below)

3.       A full General Meeting of the Leinster Hockey Association will take place no later than 30th September (subject to compliance with Government and HSE guidelines in respect of Covid-19).

Ladies 1sts Coaching Announcement

Ladies 1sts Coaching announcement 2020/2021:

Avoca Hockey Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Noelle Farrell as Ladies 1st team Head Coach. Noelle takes the Head coach role following 2 seasons as Avoca 1st team Assistant coach. Noelle brings a wealth of coaching experience. She is the current Irish U17 girls Head Coach, U16 Assistant Coach and Leinster U16 Head coach and completed the Coaches for Europe Development programme in 2018/2019. As a player Noelle represented Leinster at U21 and won an Irish Senior Cup with UCD in 2012, among other honours.

Noelle will be joined on the coaching ticket by Anna Richardson who will take the role of Assistant Coach/player. Anna is another UCD Alumni who returned to her home club last season. As a player Anna has represented Ireland at U21 and U23 level and won back to back EY Hockey League and Irish Senior Cups with UCD in 2017/2018 and EY Champions Trophy in 2017. Anna is Head Coach of Newpark Senior Girls and Assistant Coach of Leinster U16 girls.

All in Avoca wish you the best of luck for the season ahead #Avocaambition

LHA Finance Working Group

Following the recent online roadshow, we have had a great response to our call for volunteers to join some of the LHA Working Groups.  However, we have identified one area that we are urgently seeking people to get involved with – the Finance Working Group.  This is a critical function within the Leinster Hockey Association and we need to appoint a group of 3-5 people, one of whom would assume the role of Treasurer, to oversee the finances of the organisation.

The day to day accounts (invoicing/debtors/creditors) are managed by the Executive Officer, so the role of the Finance Working Group would be to oversee monthly accounts, produce/assess financial statements and ownership of the budget.

The company has recently moved to an online account package (SAGE).

We are asking for representatives from your clubs to come forward onto this essential Working Group and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sent on behalf of the LHA Board

FIH Events

The FIH Academy are running many online workshops / courses at the moment; covering all topics from complete courses to workshops on different aspects of coaching and also umpiring. They are run by experienced tutors and it’s an opportunity to link in with coaches from around the world; creating a good learning environment as there is lots of interaction.


There is project in England called ‘Boing’. It is funded by Sport England as a research project but open to all including those who live in Ireland. It is a resource of an online course and 120 ‘PlayGames’ to help develop Physical Literacy for children in a fun game based manner. Danny Newcombe is one of the creators and tutors is a well regarded hockey coach with Hockey Wales currently. They are great games for warm ups etc, very fun and energising, which will help develop children’s physical literacy at the same time, which is so important for lifelong physical activity. For more information on courses, see here.

Horst Wein’s Hockey Development Plan

Included in the 5 pdf attachments, you will find the full text from Intro, Coaching Philosophy to age appropriate games and exercises for 7-14 year-olds.

It is an ideal ‘Coaching Plan’ for junior hockey programmes to use. Horst Wein (RIP) was a world renowned hockey coach (Germany / Spain men’s national teams) and also football coach (FC Barcelona and many other clubs) and his ideas have been implemented across the world of youth hockey and children’s sport in general. The Intro chapters are very inspiring and Horst uses a ‘Games Based Approach’.

Edward Davenport Sarratt

Avoca Hockey Club is very sorry to hear about the passing of Edward Sarratt, brother of Geoff and David, and Uncle to Philip and Andrew.

The Sarratt Family have a long association with the Club. Edward’s father Allen. D. Sarratt was Club President 1963-73.

Edward attended Avoca School, where he gained caps for Leinster Schoolboys and Leinster U23s.

Always a great supporter of the Club he will be sadly missed. Our condolences to the extended Sarratt family.