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 info@exwell.ie

Stand with Ukraine

Dear members of the European Hockey family,

The EHF offers its full support to Ukraine and the Ukrainian hockey family.

As part of this support, we have opened this FUNDRAISING PAGE for CLUBS and INDIVIDUALS. We urgently ask our hockey family to provide support. Read the Ukrainian Hockey President’s words
below and you will see how important it is that they get your support. Please donate (by clicking on the link above) – even the smallest amount will help. All funds will be used for current and future needs.

Serhiy Dontsov, President of the Ukrainian Hockey Federation, said: “The war caused by Russian
aggression brought great disasters, destruction, and countless victims to the Ukrainian people. Many
citizens of Ukraine were left without a roof over their heads as a result of the barbaric bombardments of
our peaceful cities. Many Ukrainian people left their homes, fleeing the horrors of war and became
forced refugees. The consequences of this war will be felt in Ukraine for a long time to come. We are
grateful to everyone who aids our country. Only in unity can we survive and endure in this difficult time. I
am grateful to the European Hockey Federation for the initiative to create a platform to help the hockey
family of Ukraine. All your donations will help the restoration and development of hockey in Ukraine.”

Angus Kirkland
Director Genera

Avoca HC Past Members Dinner – 26th May

Avoca HC – providing our community with the best of hockey since 1895.

Welcome to Avoca HC’s Past Players dinner 2022

At: Volpe Nera, Newpark Road – run by award winning chef Barry Sun.

When: Thursday 26th May  @ 7pm sharp

Followed by: Digestif at a closed event in the Avoca HC Club Room

Total cost: €70 pp. Pay deposit for tickets here.

Please R.S.V.P. as soon as possible as availability is limited.

Odd Sock Challenge

On Sunday at our Season Finale in St Andrews, we are holding an Odd Sock Challenge in support of Downs Syndrome Centre and we are encouraging everyone to take part.

Feel free to bring along some spare change/notes and drop them into the buckets on Sunday to support them.

Facts about Down Syndrome
Downs Syndrome is an extra copy of the Chromosome 21.
62% of adults know someone with Down Syndrome.
12% of people have a family member with Down Syndrome.
Every year roughly 150 kids are born with Down Syndrome in Ireland (roughly 1 in 444 births).
There are roughly 7,000 people in Ireland with Down Syndrome.

The Down Syndrome Centre
Providing services since 2014.
Based in the Sandyford Business Park.
Supporting 440 families.
Provide services like OT, Speech and Language.

Avoca Member Family Survey: Boys Hockey

Avoca HC is delighted to announce the return of our Free Hockey for Boys. (Fridays 6th, 13th, 20th May) To kick it off this year we need help from all Avoca families. We simply ask that all member families complete this short simple survey with the boys in your family home. You are not being asked to sign up but to simply help us get feedback and gauge the interest of the boys.

Feel free to share with any family that you think might be interested. Avoca HC: Free Hockey for Boys

Your club needs you!

Fund-raising requirement for Avoca Hockey Club.

Dear members,

We’re writing to you today to highlight the need for funding around the resurfacing of our pitch as we move forward in our relationship with Newpark Comprehensive. The Newpark Pitch was last updated nearly 20 years ago now and is in urgent need of a resurface, it had been scheduled to be resurfaced in the last two years but of course COVID had an impact with this plan. The club has carried out several maintenance jobs in the meantime to keep the pitch playable recently ordering an extensive cleaning job over the Christmas period just gone. You can see quite clearly how much debris has been collected in the surface from the photos below.

Avoca in conjunction with Newpark Comprehensive have succeeded in securing generous sports capital grants and we now need to work together to raise the funding not covered by grants.

The club is asking you the members for your support in this resurfacing effort and has several avenues for you to help –

  • Regular or one-off donations: No amount is too small! The club can offer tax credits in return for personal donations toward the resurfacing of the pitch.
  • Hoarding Sponsorship:  You may have observed the removing of our Newpark Pitch advertisement boards (known as hoardings) over the last couple of months as we look for new hoarding sponsors. The club would love to speak to any business owners or members whose companies would consider sponsoring a hoarding.
  • Jersey Sponsorship: The club has numerous teams across multiple age levels, and we would welcome partnership opportunities with you or your company.

The club has established a fund-raising subcommittee to help with the club’s impending funding requirements and would welcome the time and help of any members with fund raising experience.

If you can help Avoca Hockey Club with any of the above, please reach out the club’s development officer Leo Sex at: Leopoldsex@gmail.com or PH: 0871130938

Avoca HC EGM Registration Deadline

The deadline for registering for our EGM is on Friday 7th January with the EGM being held on Monday 10th January at 7.45pm.

The Board of Avoca Hockey Club CLG made a decision at a Board meeting held on 22nd November 2021 to call an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of the Company (Club) on 10th January 2022 at 7.45 pm. The EGM will be held by zoom. Please email the Club Secretary to register to attend. Registration will close on 7th January at midnight. All members are entitled to attend but only those with voting rights may vote.

The EGM is being held to ask members to vote to replace the current operative Memorandum & Articles of Association (M&A’s) of the Club (Exhibit A) with a proposed M&A’s (Exhibit B). 75% of voting members present must approve this change for it to come into effect. The background to this proposed change and a summary of the changes proposed and their effect is set out in the attached briefing note (Exhibit C).

Should the members vote to adopt the proposed M&A’s then the members will be asked at the EGM to elect two Foundation Directors and to elect a Club Chairperson. Any adult member may be elected to these roles. The names of nominees for Foundation Directors and Chairperson that have been received by the Club Secretary by midnight on 7th January will be circulated to prior to EGM. Nominees must be proposed and seconded by Club members eligible to vote and in attendance at the EGM for their names to put to Club members for election.

Following the Annual General Meeting the Club sought advice on the voting of rights of current members under the operative M&A’s. The Club’s Solicitors, Mason Hays Curran, advise that Full, Student (over 18), Vet, Life, Social and Non-Playing members are eligible to vote if they have paid their subscription as set by the Board inc if its zero as in the case of Life members.

Avoca HC Update – Club President

Here’s a summary:

GK training with – thanks to Brian, SoftCo & Ayeisha 

COVID support funding secured – support Sports Ireland and HI

Family Fun day – super success – more to come

Congratulations to Boys and Girls U16 & U18 Leinster representatives – best of luck re Irish trials

Great participation and results across all teams in the club – special call out for Women’s U18’s 

St Andrew’s pitches being used with great feedback

Hockey Ireland EGM – aligned to our vote in support of HI

Our DOH – moving to a new role outside Avoca, more details in the new year

Coming up…

Pitch cleaning – before return in January

Equipment grant update – start to be delivered in January – benefits across all sites

Avoca EGM – planned for early January – opportunity to set us up for more future success

Finally – on behalf of your committee and board, love to wish you all Happy and Safe festive break and see you all in the new year.

Coaching Teenage girls in Sport

DLR Sports Partnership will be running a Certified Coaching Ireland Workshop, starting on Monday 15th of November from 6pm to 9pm in Killiney Castle hotel.

The cost of the programme is €10 per participant (these fees are subsidised through Dormant Accounts Fund).

Coaching Ireland have developed the “Coaching Teenage Girls in Sport Workshop” and is designed specifically to support coaches of girls 12-17 years of age. It will enable coaches to create a positive experience of sport and physical activity for girls in their formative years. Enhancing their environment where girls can enjoy their sport leading to a positive experience of being involved with sport in their club. This will then aid in retention within their given sport.

Who is this Workshop for?

This workshop is targeted at coaches, volunteers, committee members, involved in female participation across all sporting types, in particular the club structure.

Time: 6pm to 9pm
Date: 15th of November
Venue: Fitzpatrick’s Castle Hotel, Killiney Co. Dublin
Cost: €10.00
Registration here.


On completion of the workshop, coaches will receive a certificate of attendance from Sport Ireland.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Gain an understanding of the relationship between sports participation and physical/mental health for adolescent girls.

2. Identify the key reasons why girls engage in physical activity and sport and why they drop out.

3. The importance of fun and informal participation can have teenage girls

4. Understand the importance of communication (coach to player and player to player) in retaining girls in sport

5. Raise awareness around the effect’s puberty can have in the teenage years.

6. Identify the role of actual competence and confidence for engaging girls in sport and physical activity.

7. Examine coaching practices and communication that build’s autonomy, confidence, and belonging in girls across team and individual sports.

8. Designing club structures and culture that encourages and caters for relationship building and continuing participation in the club.