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OverviewClub Development

As Regional Development Manager, Sue is responsible for the continuing development of hockey at all levels in Leinster including the support of exisiting and creation of new structures and the implementation of sustainable development initiatives.  If you have any questions or need some advice, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Sue Haslam sue.haslam@hockey.ie  01 716 3262

Irish Hockey also have 'Hockey Agents' working in Leinster. The aim of the Agent role is to supplement and support the existing Regional Development Managers by providing IHA certified services to the hockey community. All of our Agents are independent operators, trained and supported by the IHA, but running their own businesses. Click here to see a full list of services provided by your local Hockey Agent.

AreaHockey AgentEmailPhone
South DublinCathy Brockbrockcathy@gmail.com086 855 2458
South EastEmmett Hughesemmett.a.hughes@gmail.com085 810 1548
North LeinsterDwyne HilldwyneHA@gmail.com087 792 3633

What is the Youth Leader Programme?

The Youth Leader Programme is a 4-hour long course that introduces young people, aged between 15 and 21, to volunteering in their hockey club. The aim of the programme is to enjoy all aspects of the sport of hockey rather than concentrating on playing onl

The programme focuses on 3 main areas:

-          Umpiring

-          Coaching

-          Team management

The Youth Leader programme helps to pass on skills, top tips and most importantly confidence so that Youth Leaders can get back out to their clubs in order to put their new found knowledge to use! In order to complete the Youth Leader Programme, each Youth Leader must attend the workshop and then go back to their club to complete 5 hours of contact time.  The cost of the course is €15 per participant.

How does my club take part?

 There are two ways your club can take part:

1.    Organise a workshop at your club grounds: You need a minimum of 12 Youth Leaders and Irish Hockey will provide the tutor (classroom and pitch time required). To organise this, contact your local Hockey Agent.

2.    Send your Youth Leaders to a centrally run workshop in your province. Speak to your Regional Development Manager for details.

Regional Development Manager:

Sue Haslam
RDM (Leinster)
01 716 3262

Hockey Agents:

South DublinCathy Brockbrockcathy@gmail.com086 855 2458
South EastEmmett Hughesemmett.a.hughes@gmail.com085 810 1548
North LeinsterDwyne HilldwyneHA@gmail.com087 792 3633

Schools and clubs play an important role both in introducing the sport of hockey to and developing young players.  Leinster Hockey & Irish Hockey aim to support all clubs and schools with a view to hockey being played long into the future. To that end, we encourage clubs and in particular primary schools to build a relationship with a local club that will benefit all parties involved. One which will ultimately lead to a better playing experience for each child.

We are very aware that there is no ‘one fit solution’.  It will be up to clubs and schools to figure out what works best for both parties.  The documents below however will hopefully provide suggestions, ideas and areas for discussion that may not have been previously considered. Please click on the links below to access:
Club School Link Guide Final

Club School Link Agreement Final

Want to increase your club'€™s youth membership? 

Hockey Ireland'€™s Tricks 4 Sticks is the programme for you! Tricks 4 Sticks offers your club the opportunity to increase youth participation numbers (girls and boys) through the running of a targeted schools programme in your area. Clubs that are successfully accepted onto Tricks 4 Sticks receive funding to cover the programme’s coaching costs.  

Supported by the Irish Sports Council'€™s Women in Sport, Tricks 4 Sticks sends a qualified hockey coach into local schools for an agreed number of weeks (on average 4 to 8 weeks). Representing your club, the coach delivers a fantastic high energy hockey programme and creates links to your club. At the end of the programme the pupils are invited to visit your clubgrounds whilst the school also receives a âTricks 4 Sticks pack’ to encourage them to continue playing hockey.

Benefits of Tricks 4 Sticks 

Increased youth membership numbers in your club.

Hockey Ireland cover the cost of coaching in schools.

Long-lasting links with local Primary and Secondary schools in your area are created through Tricks 4 Sticks.

Club receives best practice on how to structure an effective schools programme through guidelines and coaching session plans.

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How do clubs sign up?
The application form for Tricks 4 Sticks is now open. All applications must be fully completed and returned to info@hockey.ie or posted to Hockey Ireland, Newstead, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4. The closing date for all applications is March 9th 2015. The application form can be downloaded by clicking here

If your club is considering applying for Tricks 4 Sticks or if you would like more information on the programme, register your interest by clicking on the arrow below. You can also find out more information by reading our FAQs. 

To register your clubs interest in the Tricks 4  Sticks Programme - CLICK HERE


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