Junior​ ​Development​ ​Programme

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.


Player​ ​Eligibility

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.


Costs

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.


Management​ ​Team

Team​ ​Manager​ ​-​ ​Steven​ ​Mallon

Head​ ​Coach​ ​-​ ​Victor​ ​O’Brien

Assistant​ ​Coaches​ ​-​ ​Dmitri​ ​Muskulidi​ ​and​ ​Viktor​ ​Serdjukov

Consultant Coach - Dave Hammond


Current​ ​Squad

U18 Sparta Cup Team

The final squad that will represent IHI at the Sparta Kids in Spain this Easter.