January ’21 update

Dear Club Member,

Firstly Happy New Year to you all, I hope you had a safe and enjoyable holiday period.

As you are no doubt aware due to the rise in Covid 19 cases and the extended period of government restrictions we have been unable to start working off the turkey and mince pies on the hockey pitch.

Lockdown does give us the opportunity to perhaps work on different aspects of our fitness and our hockey skills. As a club we have been looking at some fun activities that we can do together virtually and we can now give you the opportunity to ‘workout from home’. In Clubzap and the covid-19 section of the website you can find links for the following

  • Strength and fitness classes free to club members
  • Skills training videos
  • Hockey Ireland’s skills challenge

We would also encourage everyone to get out walking or running (within your 5km) for a bit of fresh air. For those of you of more technical persuasion, there are a host of full HD Hockey Matches and training videos on You Tube, check out FIH Hockey.

Like everyone, we do not know when we will be allowed back on the pitch but it is safe to assume we will continue to have restrictions in place when we do.

I want to take this opportunity to reassure you that we will continue to endeavour to provide as much hockey as possible. Myself and our hard working committee are considering plans for a variety of training approaches depending on what happens next and we will let you know as soon as we have guidance from Hockey Ireland and the Leinster Branch. How the league competitions will run is also to be clarified by the Leinster branch.

I would like to thank you all for your patience, support and understanding at these times.

As always your club captain or section coordinator can be contacted with any concerns or comments you would like passed on to the club committee.

Caroline Daly
President Avoca Hockey Club

Coaching Structure

Thanks for all your support so far during the Covid and preseason. Nonetheless the start of our season is finally here. Men’s and women’s first and second teams have already started with pre-season and our men’s 4s commenced training last week with a cup final to prepare for.

For the rest of the teams, both junior and senior, we plan to start our season on 30th August. Times have been allocated and will be made public soon. Coaches will be assigned for each team/group this week.

We have made or are making changes within our coaching structure, and in order to make sure that all of the coaches are up-to-date, we have organising meetings on Sunday 23rd August in Newpark school covering the following topics:

  • Coaching pathway
  • Avoca’s technical hockey plan            
  • Coaching allocation
  • Junior Coordinators

If you would like to attend one of the sessions below, get in touch with our Director of Hockey Rudi Wortmann on doh@avocahockeyclub.ie

  • Sunday morning 10.30 – 12.30
  • Sunday afternoon 14.00-16.00
  • Sunday afternoon 17.00-18.30 (Goalkeepers coaches only)

Give Hockey a Go!

Last year we trialled an approach to encourage people to give hockey a try (Dads & Lads)  – either to get a basic understanding or to return to the sport again. It was very successful so we have expanded the idea and added Mums & Chums (basically over 16). 

As you know we recently provided free hockey sessions to the whole club and we are now also making this initiative free. The time is also being made 7:30pm in Sion Hill using the full pitch for both. You also do not have to come each week but would ask that you register: Covid requirement. 

Fun, Friendly and Safe.  4 weeks , Fridays 7:30 in Sion Hill. Bring a stick Shinpads and GumShields. We can’t share equipment but will have a couple of cleaned down sticks. 

This season we would especially like to grow our Ladies section and give Mums and Past Players the opportunity to play Masters/Vets or League. If you are a Mum, Past Player or just a Chum why not give Hockey a go next Friday 7th August.

Over the last number of years a number of Dad’s of players in the Club have taken up Hockey and now play regularly for Avoca Masters/Vets on a Wednesday night or on a Saturday for Avoca Men’s 4s or both. We have also seen the return of past Men’s players to the Club after a decade or two decades absence and they are also playing each week, often at Men’s 3s and sometimes Men’s 2s. Last year we ran four Dads& Lads sessions and that allowed the formation of Mens 4s last year and we plan to add a Mens 5s this season. If you are a Dad, a Past Player or just a Lad why not give Hockey a go next Friday 7th August.

Book on our website or via our new App: Mums & Chums | Dads & Lads

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