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 and U14 categories in the 2018-19 season.
Structure of Programme
Each season, there will be tryouts to select a development squad, which can be attended by any IHI member that mets the criteria. Players must be registered to IHI for insurance purposes. 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.
Plans are under way for 2019 events, with Junior Mens aiming to attend the Roller Games in Barcelona, while the U14s will attend the Sparta Kids in Barcelona.
Teams will be selected from the development squad to attend these competitions.
Junior Men's: Male players born between 2001 and 2005 that have or are eligible for an Irish passport. If you are not sure if you are eligible please get in contact with email@example.com and we will help you work out eligibility.
U14: Players of either gender born between 2005 and 2009. Players of any nationality are able to get selected to the U14 development squad.
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
U18 Head Coach - Victor O’Brien
Consultant Coach - Dave Hammond