Hockey Ireland run a variety of Coaching Courses which cater to all levels. From those looking to get involved in coaching their club or those who want to fine tune their skills to become the Head Coach.

We start with our Fundamentals Course which is designed to provide an understanding of the key aspects of hockey coaching. 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. We also run Level 1 and Level 2 courses, right up to the Level 3 Coaching Course which is aimed at coaches that wish to coach at a higher level within a team environment. This course reinforces and develops the principles established in previous Hockey Ireland courses as well as introducing some of the following topics:

  • Teaching and presentation styles
  • Psychology
  • Match Analysis
  • Video Analysis
  • Conditioning and periodisation
  • Planning
  • Reflective practice

Outside of pathway courses, Hockey Ireland also runs a number of continuous professional development courses named Stepping Stones. These courses are classroom-based, non-certified sessions that all coaches can attend regardless of level of qualification. Stepping Stones courses are run throughout the year and cover a wide range of topics.

These include:

  • Hooked on Fun: Coaching 6-9 year olds (2 hours) – Phase 1
  • Exploring Play: Coaching 10-12 year olds (2 – 2.5 hours) – Phase 2
  • Empowering Play: Coaching and Training for U14s (2.5 hours) – Phase 3

You can find out more about each of these courses by selecting the appropriate course on the left sidebar.