The Fundamentals of Coaching Course

The Fundamentals of Coaching Hockey (FOCH) course is designed to provide an understanding of the basics of coaching hockey. Participants will learn how to prepare sessions, how to break down and coach key hockey techniques and how to develop those techniques into skills through conditioned games. Completing the FOCH is essential for those coaches wishing to undertake the Level 1.

The course is run over 6 hours and can be run in a single day or over two evenings. While Hockey Ireland run centralised courses, it is possible to run an in-club course should a club have sufficient numbers (minimum of 10, dependent on tutor availability).

Participants must be 16 or older on the day of the course, with no exceptions.

Irish legislation now requires that anyone carrying out activities involving regular contact with Under-18s and vulnerable adults be Garda vetted through their National Governing Body. Hockey Ireland provides this service for hockey clubs and branches. Click here for relevant information on vetting.

Please note that there is a minimum waiting period of four months between completing your Fundamentals Certificate and taking part in a Level 1 coaching course.

Should you require further information, please email

Please note that times may be subject to change. Further courses will be added once dates are confirmed.

Venue   Times   Deadline for Application  Cost  Comments 
Sunday 24th March 2024  Nenagh HC, Tipperary  10:00-16:00  20/03/24  €65 + €3.50 booking fee  Course Complete 
Wednesday 17th + 24th April 2024  Sandford Park School, Dublin  18.30-21.30 each evening  13/04/24  €65 + €3.50 booking fee  Course Complete 
Saturday 27th April 2024  Sligo  10:00 -16:00  20/04/24  €65 + €3.50 booking fee  Postponed 
Sunday 28th April 2024  Athlone  10:00 -16:00  21/04/24  €65 + €3.50 booking fee  Postponed 
Wednesday 1st and 8th May 2024  Limerick  18.30-21.30 each evening  25/4/24  €65+ €3.50 booking fee  Course Complete 
Monday 13th and 15th May 2024  Cork  18.30-21.30 each evening  07/05/24  €65+ €3.50 booking fee  Course Complete 

Sunday 19th May             
Skerries HC  10:00-16:00  17/05/24  €65+ €3.50 booking fee  Course complete 
Wednesday 15th and 22nd May 2024  St Andrews College Dublin  18.30-21.30 each evening  11/05/24  €65+ €3.50 booking fee  Course Complete 

*does not include booking fee

If you are based in Ulster, please see the Ulster Hockey Union’s coaching course schedule here:

The above dates are provisional and are completely dependent on sufficient numbers. We reserve the right to change dates as the need arises.