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​ ​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.


Player​ ​Eligibility

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 steven.mallon@inlinehockeyireland.org 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.


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

U18 Head​ ​Coach​ ​-​ ​Victor​ ​O’Brien

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.
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