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

Covid 19 questionnaire required as part of application. 

Give Hockey a Go

Yes it’s happening! Avoca HC’s Give Hockey a Go is Back!

You can try Hockey for the first time, pick it up again after a long break, or simply use this to get back into the game.  Great coaches and a fun, friendly and safe environment. Come on – Give Hockey a Go!

4 Fridays 7th-28th August.
Dads & Lads 7pm
Mums & Chums 8:15pm
Sion Hill
€20

You need a gumshield, shin pads and stick. ( we normally can supply some but with Covid restrictions….)

Book directly on our new ClubZap app now or via one of these links:
Mums & Chums | Dads & Lads

Covid 19 questionnaire required as part of application. Booking essential.

Covid Guidance will issue post booking.

Covid-19 Course

Sport Ireland has revamped their free online Covid-19 course – Click Here. The course aims at supporting administrators, volunteers, coaches and participants to return to sport during phase 3 in a safe and practical manner. The course is split into two sections

Section A builds on the previous awareness course and has been updated with the current government advice and guidelines in relation to Covid19.  It also includes modules on the recommendations and guidance from the Expert Group in relation to Phase 3.  The course is targeted at supporting administrators, volunteers, coaches and participants.

Section B of the course aims to support those who have been nominated to fulfil the Covid Officer Role within clubs (and other groups). This section includes specific modules in relation to that role – Responsibilities, Management Plans, Venue Layouts, Dealing with a Breakout, Emergency First aid etc. Participants can choose to complete Section A only or both sections A & B.  Nominated Covid Officers (and supervisors) are recommended to complete both sections.

Both sections will include a test/quiz and a Certificate of Completion.

Overview of Course Content:

  • Hand Hygiene
  • Equipment Hygiene
  • Advice on exercising during Covid-19 & Safe Return to Play Post Infection
  • Safe Return to Sport & Physical Activity
  • Advice for Group Activity
  • Returning to activity in the Great Outdoors
  • Phase 3 Guidance
  • Covid19 Officer Training
  • Staying Informed  

The link to this course, Hockey Ireland “return to play” protocols, Club Declaration Forms etc., can all be found on the LHA website.  There is a new “COVID 19 TAB” on the homepage which is where all information relevant to Covid-19 is easily accessible – Click Here

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:

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.

Avoca HC AGM

The Avoca Hockey Club AGM is on Monday 25th May at 8pm via zoom. It is open to all Members, Life Members and Parents of our Junior section. Email Club Secretary Al Robinson on clubsecretary@avocahockeyclub.ie to request a link to access the meeting as registration is essential.

The Agenda and Minutes from last year for review prior to the meeting are available below.