Hockey Ireland Update

Hockey Ireland COVID-19 Update regarding Level 5 COVID-19 Restrictions

As of midnight, on Wednesday 21st October, the Republic of Ireland is moving to Level 5 COVID-19 restrictions. These restrictions will remain in place for a period of 6 weeks. The effect of these restrictions on Hockey activity have been highlighted below.

These restrictions will apply to all Clubs in the Republic of Ireland.

Under Level 5, individual training only is permitted, and no matches are to take place. The exemptions to this are:

1. Non-contact training can continue for school-aged children, outdoors in pods of 15. This means that at no point during the session should a player come within 2m of another player. Exercises involving tackling (such as 1v1s), marking or match play should not be undertaken.
2. Elite sports* are permitted to continue behind closed doors – For Hockey this has been defined as the National Senior Men’s and Women’s Programmes. They are permitted to train and play behind closed doors.

*Please note: This category has been defined by the ‘Return to Sport Expert Group’ which has been established by the ROI government to provide guidance to Ireland’s sporting bodies to prepare for the phased return to sporting activity.

Under Level 5, while domestic travel restrictions do not allow movement outside of a 5-kilometre radius of home, it is permitted to take school-aged children to club training sessions. Club coaches may also travel to training sessions.

Coaching Webinar

Hockey Ireland holds its final Coaching Webinar of their series on Monday, 25th May at 7.30pm.

The webinar will focus on ‘Effective Strength and Conditioning for Club Players’ and will be presented by Irish women’s S&C coach Darren Kenna. Darren has been strength and conditioning coach to the Hockey Ireland Women’s team since 2016. Previous to that he has worked in the AFL with the Sydney Swans. When not with hockey, Darren works from the Irish Strength Institute as a strength & conditioning coach and physical therapist.

To register, click on the link here.

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.

Coaching Webinar

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.

Hockey Ireland Youth Panel

Hockey Ireland is seeking young passionate people, between the ages of 18-30, to apply to become a member of our new Youth Panel.

The Hockey Ireland Youth Panel, part of our volunteer strategy funded by the Sport Ireland Women in Sport Programme, aims to offer a voice for young leaders in hockey, offering opportunity to develop personal leadership skills. Coming onto the Youth Panel offers the following opportunities:

  • Up-skilling in relevant leadership areas
  • Mentoring from experts
  • Gain experience in project and event management
  • Potential opportunities to travel and learn from other national associations

For more information, email Sarah at marketing@hockey.ie.