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.

If you have any queries regarding the programme please contact steven.mallon@inlinehockeyireland.org


Structure​ ​of​ ​Programme

Each​ ​season,​ ​there​ ​will​ ​be​ ​tryouts​ ​to​ ​select​ ​a​ ​development​ ​squad,​ ​which​ ​can​ ​be​ ​attended​ ​by any​ ​IHI​ ​member​ ​that meets 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. For information on whether you are elegible for an Irish Passport through birth, descent or naturalisation​ ​please​ ​visit, http://citizensinformation.ie/en/moving_country/irish_citizenship/

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.

Players and parents are encouraged to support fundraising and sponsorship efforts as much as possible.


Management​ ​Team

Programme Coordinator - Steven Mallon

Junior Mens Head​ ​Coach​ ​-​ ​Victor​ ​O’Brien

U14 Head Coach - Janis Kipars

Junior Mens Assistant Coach - Paul Cummins

U14 Assistant Coach - Raimonds Kaprinskis

Consultant Coach - Dave Hammond

Parent Representitives - TBC


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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