Inline Hockey Ireland is committed to improving the future of the sport of inline hockey in Ireland. A key element to this is the successful implementation of a Junior Development Programme. This programme is designed to both improve the level of play for domestic play while also improving the chances of success of Irish national teams at all levels. Due to the makeup of our membership, the programme will focus on the U18 category in year one.
Structure of Programme
Each season, there will be tryouts to select a development squad, which can be attended by any IHI member within the age group. Players could also be invited to join the development squad based on strong domestic play. The development squad will then have regular training sessions throughout the season. We will look to enter into various competitions every year, whether it be a tournament in the UK or Europe or an international event depends on the schedule of events in the year. Teams will be selected from the development squad to attend these competitions.
Players must simply be within the age group they are trying out for. Players of any nationality or gender are able to get selected to the national development squad. U18 age category for 2017/18 season is for players born between 2000 and 2004.
As inline hockey is not yet recognised by Sport Ireland we receive no financial assistance from the government. This means that all costs have to be funded by ourselves. We are committed to financially assisting as much as possible, but we need to be economically sustainable. Therefore majority of costs will fall on the players and their families. However, we will organise fundraising events and source as many sponsors as possible to ensure this cost is kept to a minimum.
Team Manager - Steven Mallon
Head Coach - Victor O’Brien
Assistant Coaches - Dmitri Muskulidi and Viktor Serdjukov
Consultant Coach - Dave Hammond