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Hockey Ireland Online Autism in Sport Workshop

This New Online Autism in Sport workshop will provide participants with an understanding of autism focusing on the delivery of sport. The course content is designed to help participants to recognise and understand key areas of consideration and to look at practical strategies which will help to include people with autism in sport.

Who is this workshop for?

Sports leaders, coaches, volunteers, teachers, principals, special needs assistants (SNAs), parents or anyone who has an interest in making their sport accessible and inclusive for people with Autism.

Topics covered include:

Autism and The Autism Spectrum, Communication, Environments, Understanding Behaviours, The TREE Model and The Autism Passport.

Upcoming course details:

  • Next Upcoming Date: 18/01/2021
  • Time: 7.00-9.30 pm
  • Location: Online Via Zoom
  • Cost: €10pp

Please email inclusion@hockey.ie if you would like to book a place on this workshop

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Hockey Ireland COVID-19 Update December 30th

Hockey Ireland Coronavirus (COVID-19) UPDATE regarding Government Announcement on Changes to COVID-19 Restrictions.

30th December 2020

The following changes have been made to the Hockey Ireland Covid-19 guidelines given the latest announcement on Covid-19 restrictions made by the Irish (ROI) Government.

Under Level 5, individual training only is permitted, within a 5km radius of an individual’s home. No matches or group training sessions are to take place.

The exemptions to this are Elite sports*.

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.

Competition/matches may not be played at any level.

December 30th 2020 Covid Update

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Hockey Ireland Receive Further Funding from COVID-19 Supplementary Funding for Sport

The newly elected Board of Hockey Ireland had its first meeting on Wednesday 16 December by conference call.  We have all been affected by COVID-19, in these difficult and uncertain times, the Board as part of our ongoing work with Sport Ireland are delighted to announce that Sport Ireland has approved the allocation of €400,000 in response to our application under the Covid-19 Supplementary Scheme in the Republic of Ireland.

Further guidance will be given to Clubs and Branches regarding their applications in January 2021. We would like to thank the Government and Sport Ireland for this additional round of funding, which is crucial to the sustainability of the hockey community during the difficult circumstances caused by the Covid-19 restrictions.

For the Ulster Clubs, Sport NI and the Department for Communities has launched a £25 million Sports Sustainability fund and applications by hockey clubs can be made via Ulster Hockey.

Hockey Ireland is fully focused on the return to hockey; with recent announcements in relation to vaccines there is great hope as we move in to 2021. The Hockey Ireland Board has approved the outline of a submission to the Government that will be aimed at increasing hockey activity as a virtually non-contact sport and allowing for competition when it would be safe to do so.  We are seeking priority for school aged players and hopefully we will be allowed return to competition in the early stages of 2021.

The Board would like to thank the clubs, branches and volunteers running our sport under the Covid-19 protocols, who have been successful in the safe and compliant running of training sessions and games. This will help to support our argument that we can run our sport safely.

It has been a difficult year and no doubt there will be more challenges ahead. However, we are looking forward to the opportunities ahead with great optimism and excitement.  In particular, the prospect of seeing the Irish Women’s hockey team playing their games in Tokyo next summer. On behalf of Hockey Ireland, we would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


The Sport Ireland Press Release can be found HERE: https://www.sportireland.ie/news/eu58-million-in-covid-19-supplementary-funding-for-sport

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Vacancy – National Development Manager (Maternity Cover)

JOB TITLE: National Development Manager (NDM) – Maternity Cover 


SALARY: Remuneration will be commensurate to qualifications and experience 

RESPONSIBLE TO: Hockey Ireland CEO  

HOURS: 37.5 hours  

CONTRACT: Fixed Term – Maternity cover  

START DATE: Feb 2021 

Job Purpose: 

This position is responsible for managing the delivery of the relevant areas of Hockey Ireland Strategic Plan. The NDM is responsible for administering and managing programmes to promote sustainable participation opportunities in Ireland.  

This role is primarily office based and will involve some work outside of office hours. Access to private transport is required as applicants will be occasionally required to travel. 

Main duties and responsibilities: 

  • Applying for funding and delivering on funding requirements (e.g. Dormant Account Funding and Women in Sport funding) 
  • Managing relationship with Sport IrelandSport Northern Ireland and FIH/EHF, as well as other key stakeholders such as provincial associations / umpire associations 
  • Management of delivery of targets by Hockey Ireland development staff  
  • Management of development programmes on an ongoing basis
  • Leads the review and development of the participation aspects of the strategic and operational plans. Responsible for the implementation of these plans.  
  • Manage all project budgets 
  • Planning and implementation of marketing strategy for development programmes 

For a full job description and personnel specification, please click here.

CV and cover letter should be submitted to info@hockey.ie before Wednesda6th Jan 2021.   

Hockey Ireland is an equal opportunities employer.  


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Hockey4All Webinar

If your club is interested in finding out more about our Hockey4All inclusion programme, we would like to invite you to attend a webinar on Wednesday 16th Dec. For more information on the H4A programme click here. To sign up for the webinar click here.


We will cover off:

– First steps towards setting up a disability/ inclusion section in your club

– Tips from those who have already set up H4A in their club

– Putting a plan / timeline in place for the programme


You can register more than 1 person per club.

Date: Wednesday 16th Dec

Time: 19.00 – 20.00

Zoom meeting details will be sent on the morning of the meeting.

If you have any questions, please contact inclusion@hockey.ie.

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Return to Hockey Update 20th November 2020

Hockey Ireland would like to thank all of our clubs for ensuring that Government imposed restrictions on our sport are being followed in order to contribute to the reduction of the spread of Covid-19.

While it is hoped that the Republic of Ireland will move to a lower Level of restrictions in the coming weeks, at this moment Hockey Ireland do not know what the next Level of restrictions on sport will be. Ulster Hockey is also carefully monitoring the situation in Northern Ireland.

The EYHL Working Group and the Board of Hockey Ireland have met this week and discussions have taken place in relation to returning to competitive hockey as soon as possible.

The EYHL working group has prepared three clear scenarios. The first and most positive option would be that we would be able to use two dates (the 12th and 19th of December) for EYHL rounds, but this is only possible if training can resume in early December.

The Board has given guidance to be as flexible as possible in the approach to the playing calendar.  The Hockey Ireland COVID-19 Group, which includes representatives of the Branches, will reconvene next week and discuss the various options and any feedback that the clubs may have is welcome through the Branches.

Where restrictions are not lifted for the Island of Ireland in the beginning of December, the two other scenarios would be to consider re-starting competitive hockey in early January or later in January. The option of a ‘curtailed’ season may also to be considered if the restrictions continue into 2021 or new restrictions are imposed later in the season.

We will keep you updated as soon as we have more information. In the meantime, Hockey Ireland would like to re-iterate to our members our desire to facilitate a return to competitive hockey as soon as it is possible to do so safely.