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.

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/online-sport-inclusion-disability-awareness-webinar-tickets-113533006278

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.

Horst Wein’s Hockey Development Plan

Included in the 5 pdf attachments, you will find the full text from Intro, Coaching Philosophy to age appropriate games and exercises for 7-14 year-olds.

It is an ideal ‘Coaching Plan’ for junior hockey programmes to use. Horst Wein (RIP) was a world renowned hockey coach (Germany / Spain men’s national teams) and also football coach (FC Barcelona and many other clubs) and his ideas have been implemented across the world of youth hockey and children’s sport in general. The Intro chapters are very inspiring and Horst uses a ‘Games Based Approach’.

Coaching Webinar

Hockey Ireland is running the third coach education webinar of their series on Monday, May 18th from 19.30. 

The webinar will focus on ‘Developing Talent’ and will be presented by Dr. David Passmore. Dave will be joined by his DCU colleague Dr. Aine Macnamara. It is designed to support the effective development of players of all levels and will highlight the key developmental approaches and practical guidance for coaches of all age groups. There will be a focus on the technical and mental components of talent development. The webinar will also include the introduction of Hockey Ireland’s newly revised ‘Hooked for Life’ Talent Pathway.

We would encourage coaches of all levels to register for the event and as before, Irish clubs are being given priority.  Register here.