Inline Hockey Ireland, the governing body for the sport of inline hockey in Ireland (NI and ROI), is currently expending a National Development Programme to allow elite players to represent Ireland in international competition this year.
Despite being one of the growing sports in the country, the costs associated with playing inline hockey are extremely expensive and at present the sport is solely self funded, receiving no financial contribution from the government or sports councils.
It is our aim as a governing body to help facilitate and support our players as much as possible, keeping the self-funding to a minimum.
Our National Programme project will see a number of teams travel abroad in 2018 to represent Ireland and IHI in international events. Over time our project will develop to include Ladies and younger age groups.
Our U18s, fresh off a camp over Christmas are preparing to attend the Sparta Cup in Spain over Easter. Here they will face top teams from accross Europe in their age category where they will gain valuable hockey experiences, which we hope they can bring back and share in Ireland to further develop inline hockey.
Our Mens team have been in preparations for a number of months now, getting themselves ready to attend the IIHF European Qualifier. They will come up against other European nations looking to qualify for the 2019 IIHF World Championships in Canada.
The Mens team are also considering attending the FIRS World Championships in Italy in July. Unfortunately, however, it is likely to come down to the affordability of the players.
We have estimated that the total costs of entry, travel and accommodation for players and staff of the three competitions to be £25000.
Additionally, we have a number of sponsorship opportunities and should you wish to find out more feel free to get in contact with us.
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