A message from Leinster Hockey

Dear Hockey Friends

I hope this message finds you all well in these challenging times.

Covid-19 has impacted every part of our day to day lives and everyone’s focus must be on ensuring they are following the guidelines as set out by the Government and the HSE.

While things are uncertain at the moment, I wanted to assure the Leinster Hockey family that the Board and Committees are working on various contingency plans for when we can resume the season.  We anticipate that the numerous Development Programmes will also be affected over the coming months, regardless of when our sport suspension is lifted.

We had hoped to hold the annual Club Forum later this month but this has also had to be postponed – so we are looking at possibly hosting a webinar that clubs can dial into and expect to have information on this in due course.

We anticipate that the Annual General Meeting will not take place before the end of May and again, we will be observing all national guidelines in respect of gatherings.

In hockey our clubs work on a tight budgetary environment. While we have lost 4/6 weeks of the season costs remain constant. It will be important that clubs engage with employees/ coaches, schools and local authorities to see how these costs can be mitigated. Some of our partners may be able to claim from the Government for loss of income, we cannot do that.

Leinster Hockey continue to explore avenues of support to our clubs and will keep you informed.

In the meantime, I would urge clubs to work on their strategic plans, governance and safeguarding procedures at this time.  There are resources available on both the Leinster Hockey and Hockey Ireland sites or you can contact Claire Kelly, our Executive Officer, who will be able to point you in the right direction.

As we get more information, we’ll be in touch.

In the meantime, please follow the HSE guidelines, wash your hands and respect social distancing.


Trevor Watkins
Leinster Hockey Chair    

Sport Ireland Questionnaire

Sport Ireland are currently undertaking a review of the Coaching Development Programme for Ireland to ensure that it remains relevant to the needs of coaches, instructors and leaders and the players, athletes and participants they engage with.  As part of the review, we have engaged Humphrey Murphy from Irish Leisure Consultants to set up and run a stakeholder consultation process.  We are now looking for your assistance in this process.

It is important that we get as many responses from as wide a cross section of people as possible. Details are on the Sport Ireland Website at this link

The questionnaire will remain open until Tuesday 7th April.

President’s Message

Dear Club Members and Parents,

Let me start by saying I hope you are all keeping well during this time of great uncertainty. I know we have many club members and people affiliated with the club who work in healthcare, retail, pharmaceuticals and other industries that are keeping our country going at the moment and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for all that you are doing.

For some teams last weekend would have been the last competitive match of the season with most other teams finishing their seasons over the next couple of weeks however this season has come to an abrupt end.

As some of you may have seen Hockey Ireland have deemed the 2019/20 finished- https://www.hockey.ie/news-detail/10061629/

We await details for the conclusion of the season which are due by April 12th.

There has been lots of hockey skills challenges popping up online as well as online coaching courses that may be of interest to you so while on pitch activity is on hold there are lots of hockey related activities to keep you busy at home….

Unfortunately we have had to cancel our planned Easter camp and for the moment we won’t be planning the usual season extension for our junior age groups, we do hope to have some hockey related activity to get everyone out and active once we have been advised it is safe to do so.

The annual Dinner Dance scheduled for April 18th has also been postponed however an alternative date is being worked on and we will update everyone as soon as we can.

For the moment, I hope you all stay safe and that we will see you all back on the hockey pitch before too long.

Caroline Daly

Avoca Hockey Club President 2019-20

Open Learn

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:

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.