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
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.
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.
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’.
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.
The new Bsc in Sport Studies course is a 3 year level 7 degree programme in TU Dublin Tallaght. The course is designed to meet the needs of coaches and sport professionals and integrates Sport Science, Coaching Science and Sports Administration.
The specific benefit of this new course is the direct entry route, applicants need only apply via online application and interview. The online application is now open on TU Dublin website for entry commencing in September 2020.
This is a great opportunity for students, mature students and anyone with a keen interest in sport. Our current student profile consists of Dublin GAA, Irish Basketball and Soccer players and those from a variety of sporting backgrounds. We also have students who have a high level of interest in Sport on the course who wish to pursue a career in Sport, Health and Exercise performance.
Hockey Ireland is running a second coach education webinar on Monday, May 11th from 19.30. The webinar will be presented by Irish women’s assistant coach Gareth Grundie and Irish international Shirley McCay and will explore the use of Video Analysis as a Coaching Tool. It covers key aspects of how to effectively use video analysis to review performance, analyse opposition and feedback to players.
Their last webinar proved to be extremely popular with many coaches signing up from overseas. Due to demand, some coaches from within Ireland were unable to book a place. For that reason, we decided to give an early ‘heads up’ to our clubs to enable your coaches to book on to the free webinar.
There is an opportunity on the booking form to submit requests around areas that your coaches would like to see covered. We will take these into account so feel free to submit a request here.
The Open University do a large number of Free Courses through their Open Learn platform. They have a very good course : ‘Exploring Sport Coaching and Psychology’. Like ICoachKids it is an interactive course with videos, audio clips and quizzes. There are interviews with world renowned experts, sportspeople and coaches. Really interesting content .
It has a guideline of 24 hours to complete and is broken into 8 sections. It is geared towards coaching children , teenagers and adults. A Statement of Participation is issued on completion. Get started here; however, be aware the portal seems to be slow at the moment when logging on for understandable reasons.
ICoachKids is a EU funded project with some of the leading European experts on children’s sport behind the project and putting the 3 MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses) together. The courses are aimed especially at sports clubs and programmes for 5-12 year old children. The 3 courses are:
MOOC 3: Coaching Children, Planning Doing and Reviewing
On completion of each course a certificate is issued via pdf to the participant. It is interactive with videos and quizzes. For your information MOOC 1 is longer in duration than 2 and 3. Also Young Leaders and teenagers that have some time on their hands would benefit from doing these courses.
The programme is funded by Sport Ireland’s Women in Sport Programme. For 2020, the programme will be open to female coaches who are already coaching at or have a desire to coach at performance level. Coaches will work with a team of experienced mentors across a 12-month period with a focus on developing key aspects of performance coaching both on and off the field.