Give Hockey a Go!

Last year some 42 Mums & Chums/Dads & Lads gave Hockey a go and many signed up to play hockey at Vets (Over 35s for Men, Over 30s for Women) level and some signed up for regular senior Hockey. Unfortunately, due to Covid19 no competitive matches were played but the growth in player numbers allowed us form a 2nd Ladies Vets team and a 5th Men’s Senior team. Starting 7th June for 4 consecutive Monday nights we are running another mixed Mums & Chums & Dads & Lads programme at Sion Hill from 8 pm to 9.30 pm each night. See more here.

COVID-19 eLearning Course

Sport Ireland have updated their ‘Return to Sport COVID-19 eLearning Course’ and it is now available on their website.

The course, which can be accessed here, aims to continue supporting clubs to return to sport in a safe & practical manner.

The course is structured similarly to the previous version with additional lessons included to reflect updated guidance. We would encourage all club Covid-19 Compliance Officers to complete the course, as well as active volunteers and members in your club.

The course should be completed and interpreted in conjunction with the Governments latest public health measures provided at along with the public health advice provided on the Health Service Executive Coronavirus webpage.

Updated Sport Ireland COVID-19 eLearning Course Content:

  • Introduction to the Sport Ireland COVID-19 Return to Sport e-Learning Course
  • Protect yourself and others from COVID-19
  • Hand hygiene
  • Equipment hygiene
  • Face coverings
  • COVID-19 Medical Considerations for Sports Activities
  • Safe Return to Sport and Physical Activity Checklist
  • Recommendation for specific populations
  • Stay Safe in the Outdoors
  • Sport Ireland COVID-19 Officer Return to Sport e-Learning Course
  • Recording Attendance at Activities
  • How to manage a participant with COVID-19 symptoms?
  • Stay Informed

John Sharpe

John Sharpe (pictured back left)
JOHN SHARPE (pictured back left)

One of Avoca’s most inspirational figures sadly passed away last Friday. John (James ) Sharpe was a terrific hockey player and represented the school and club at all levels .

Having won two consecutive Minor Cups, followed by Junior and Senior honours he will be remembered for scoring many goals by diving headlong on the old grassy surface at Newpark.

His bright and jovial outlook, combined with a passion for life was an inspiration to all that were lucky enough to know and enjoy his company. Sadly we have lost another truly committed Avoca man.

May he rest in Peace

NK/ 10th May 2021

Return To Hockey

Dear Club Member

It is with great excitement that we announce the return to hockey for our senior players from Thursday 13th May

  • Sign up via Clubzap. Pre-booking is essential as numbers are limited.
  • The COVID form must be completed before your first session. We must stay in pods of 15 for the duration of the evening and can enjoy 7-a-side training matches within the pod of 15. No crossovers with other pods.
  • ‘Social Mixed Hockey’ in Sion Hill is for players from 3rd, 4th, 5th  & 6th teams in both men’s and ladies’ sections.
  • Arrive with mask on and only remove when you are on the pitch. Hand sanitiser is still being used at entry and departure.
    • Entry to Newpark remains via the basketball courts and exit via the sports centre. Please note, Trojan swimming club are on the astro from 6-7pm on Tuesday and Thursday.
    • For entry to Sion Hill, please wait until the pitch has been vacated.
  • There are no toilet facilities at either venue!!

For insurance purposes, all players must have completed their membership and can do so here. If you are unsure of your membership status, get in touch with Al on

More bookings may appear depending on interest so keep an eye on Clubzap!

Tue        7-8.30pm M1/M2  |  8.30-10pm L1/L2
Thu        7-8.30pm L1/L2  |  8.30-10pm M1/M2

Sion Hill
Mon      TBC (Dads & Lads / Mums & Chums)
Tue        TBC (Social Mixed Hockey)
Thu        7.30-8.30pm Social Mixed Hockey  |  9-10pm Social Mixed Hockey
Fri           8-9.30pm Mixed Vets

See you on the pitch!

Caroline Daly

President Avoca Hockey

20/21 AGM

Avoca Hockey Club’s AGM takes place on Monday 31st May at 8pm via Zoom and it is open to all Members, Life Members and Parents of our Junior section. Email Club Secretary Al Robinson to request a link to access the meeting; registration is essential. All members have been emailed documents to review prior to the AGM, it may be in your spam if it’s not in your inbox. Get in touch with Al if you have any issues.

Free online Zumba Class for O55s

Dún Laoghaire Rathdown are delighted to partner up Colette Burke to roll out a 6 week Zumba Gold programme for adults over the age of 55 years.

These are free online classes which take place through zoom and can be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home. This class is an easy-to-follow program that lets you move to the beat at your own speed. System is the total-body wellness program that feels like a party while it revitalizes your mind and body.

Sign up here

Couch to 3K

As spring has arrived why not put a spring in your step why not embrace Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnerships new CouchTo3K programme. It is a free walk to jog 6-week programme for adults starting the week of Monday 12th of April 2021.

What is a Couch to 3K?

Whether you have never jogged before or if you just want to get more active, Couch to 3K is an easy way of getting more energy and feeling healthier. This programme is for everyone, who would like to get from walking to jogging, but might be a little unsure on how to get started. The programme works because it is not just focused on running, it starts with a mix of walking and jogging to gradually build up your fitness & stamina. It is aimed at beginners and based on your time and ability to participate.

How will it Work?

Firstly, you just sign up through Eventbrite at the following link:

We will then contact you by email outlining all you need to know. Each week you will be sent the Training Plan, Warm Up, Cool Down exercises as well as other helpful and motivational tips. You will invited to a WhatsApp group to help keep you motivated and guide you through the programme. We will also check in with you to see how you are getting on and we are always available to answer any queries you have throughout the 6-week programme.

What is the Training Plan?

The plan involves 3 sessions of mixing brisk walking with jogging each week, with a day of rest in between. There is a different schedule each week building up your fitness and stamina to complete the end goal of reaching a 3K as per the plan. We will send that on to you every week with exactly what you will have to do.

What are the Benefits?

There are plenty of benefits from getting into jogging. For starters, It is an easy way of improving your physical health. It requires little equipment, but a good pair of runners will help improve comfort and foot support.

Jogging regularly will improve the health of your heart and lungs. It can also help you lose weight, especially if combined with a healthy diet. There’s evidence it may help increase bone density in some people, which can protect against bone diseases like osteoporosis. There are also mental benefits of exercising outdoors. Taking on the challenge of Couch to 3K can help boost your confidence and self-belief, as you prove to yourself that you can set yourself a target and achieve a goal. Exercising regularly through activities like jogging can also be a great stress reliever and has even been shown to help combat depression.

*If returning to exercise or have any concerns about your health, please contact your GP before starting this programme.

*Please ensure to keep to within your local area and social distancing is always adhered to.

Women in Sport Training

Sport Ireland has introduced a new Women in Sport Broadcast Training opportunity. Pictured is Cliodhna Sargent who covered the Olympic Qualifier in 2019 and more recently the SoftCo series v GB.

The duration of the programme is expected to last approximately six months. The training programme will be tailored to suit the availability of candidates. The programme will take place in four stages:

  • Punditry and Media Skills Boot Camp
  • Speaker & Mentor Day
  • Studio Experience
  • On-Going Mentorship Programme

For more information, have a look at Sport Ireland’s page here.

It would be great to see someone from Avoca Hockey Club feature on this.

Cliodhna Sargent at the Olympic Qualifier between Ireland and Canada in November 2019.
Pic: Alwyn Robinson