Hockey Ireland Hub

Hockey Ireland is excited to launch our new E-learning platform. The “Hockey Ireland Hub” aims to offer support to all aspects of the hockey community via courses, helpful downloads and articles. The launch of the Hockey Ireland Hub will see the new “Online Rules Test” being rolled out. The test is the prerequisite to our umpiring pathway courses, but is also a great way to learn more about hockey as a player, coach, parent or hockey fan!

Access the Hockey Ireland Hub. You will need to create an account to access the resources on the Hub. All aspects of the site will be updated on a continuous basis.

Online Rules Test

Learn about the rules of hockey and earn a certificate by taking the new ‘Online Rules Test’. The test is the prerequisite to our umpiring pathway courses, but is also a great way to learn more about hockey as a player, coach, parent or hockey fan! Click here to access the test under the umpiring section. It costs €10 and is valid for 2 years from completion. You have 1 year to complete the course once you have paid. If you require assistance with navigating the e-learning course, please click here.

This test has been developed in partnership with all provincial umpire associations and the IHUA. It has been funded by the Sport Ireland Women in Sport programme. For more information on where the rules test fits into the overall pathway for umpiring, please click here. Please be aware that this is currently a draft form, with further details to come in the coming weeks.

Disability Awareness Webinar

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership and South Dublin Sports Partnership are holding a new Disability Awareness Webinar online on August 5th at 10am-11:30am.

We had intended on running this course inhouse but we have spaces available if any coaches are interested in upskilling they are welcome to join.

If you or any of your coaches want to sign up please follow the Eventbrite link below its free and cost and accredited through CARA and Sport Ireland.

Men’s 1s Head Coach

Avoca Hockey Club are thrilled to announce the appointment of Trevor Dagg as our Men’s First Team Head Coach.  Following a very successful career on the pitch, Trevor moved to the side lines where he has built an impressive coaching record in both men’s and women’s hockey with time at YMCA and Loreto before his most recent spell at Corinthian HC where he led their team through EYHL promotion. His appointment follows Rudi Wortmann’s new role as Director of Hockey as well as announcing Noelle Farrell and Anna Richardson to lead our Ladies firsts – a very exciting season ahead on the pitch as we also celebrate our club’s 125th anniversary.

Ladies 1sts Coaching Announcement

Ladies 1sts Coaching announcement 2020/2021:

Avoca Hockey Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Noelle Farrell as Ladies 1st team Head Coach. Noelle takes the Head coach role following 2 seasons as Avoca 1st team Assistant coach. Noelle brings a wealth of coaching experience. She is the current Irish U17 girls Head Coach, U16 Assistant Coach and Leinster U16 Head coach and completed the Coaches for Europe Development programme in 2018/2019. As a player Noelle represented Leinster at U21 and won an Irish Senior Cup with UCD in 2012, among other honours.

Noelle will be joined on the coaching ticket by Anna Richardson who will take the role of Assistant Coach/player. Anna is another UCD Alumni who returned to her home club last season. As a player Anna has represented Ireland at U21 and U23 level and won back to back EY Hockey League and Irish Senior Cups with UCD in 2017/2018 and EY Champions Trophy in 2017. Anna is Head Coach of Newpark Senior Girls and Assistant Coach of Leinster U16 girls.

All in Avoca wish you the best of luck for the season ahead #Avocaambition

FIH Events

The FIH Academy are running many online workshops / courses at the moment; covering all topics from complete courses to workshops on different aspects of coaching and also umpiring. They are run by experienced tutors and it’s an opportunity to link in with coaches from around the world; creating a good learning environment as there is lots of interaction.

Boing

There is project in England called ‘Boing’. It is funded by Sport England as a research project but open to all including those who live in Ireland. It is a resource of an online course and 120 ‘PlayGames’ to help develop Physical Literacy for children in a fun game based manner. Danny Newcombe is one of the creators and tutors is a well regarded hockey coach with Hockey Wales currently. They are great games for warm ups etc, very fun and energising, which will help develop children’s physical literacy at the same time, which is so important for lifelong physical activity. For more information on courses, see here.