Newpark Pitch Resurfacing

Hockey Pitch at Newpark Comprehensive School to be resurfaced

The hockey pitch at Newpark Comprehensive School, which was laid in 2005, is to be resurfaced in 2022. Newpark Comprehensive School and Avoca Hockey Club have contracted with Haffey Sports Grounds to lay an Edel ID. EL 15 carpet. The project is due for completion by October 2022 and will be managed by Sports Labs and IKEO Group.

The cost of €354,000 is being funded by a Sports Capital Programme grant, loan finance provided by Blackrock Credit Union and Community Finance Ireland and contributions by both Avoca Hockey Club (supported the club’s fundraising activities, sponsors and donors) and Newpark Comprehensive School/Newpark Sports Centre.

The Edel ID.EL 15 surface is the updated version of the current surface and will ensure that both Club and School can again enjoy one of the top pitches in Ireland. The resurfacing project commenced with an application for the Sports Capital Programme grant in 2018/2019 but was delayed due to the Covid 19 pandemic.

ID Hockey starts at Avoca

New for 2022/23 season.

An invitation to join our ID Hockey team at Avoca HC

As part of Hockey Irelands Hockey4all initiative Avoca HC are pleased to introduce a hockey programme open to children and young adults with intellectual disabilities aged 10-24. We will begin with a 5 week introduction to hockey at Newpark School between 6-7pm on Thursdays from September 22nd– October 19th. This intro will be free to all participants and hockey sticks will be provided but participants must bring a gum shield and shin guards. Please click here to join.

All players who join our newest team, called the Avoca All Stars, will continue to have weekly coaching sessions in 5/6 week blocks from November until May 2023.  During the year we hope to engage with the vibrant ID hockey community already established in Leinster. A big shout out to our friends in sport; Monkstown Strikers, Railway Union Railblazers, Loreto Lions, Wicklow Vikings, Botanic Blitzers and Three Rock Rockets.

If you want to discuss before joining please contact Patricia Martin at pjcimartin@hotmail.com

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.

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...

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 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.”

Regards,
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.