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Coach Education Workshops & Courses for 2019

02 Dec 2018 | Coaching Slider

Ulster Hockey will be running a series of Coach Education workshops and courses across the province in early 2019, to help develop your skills as a Hockey coach.



Your players may not WHAT to do, they may even know HOW to do it but do they know WHEN to do it.

This workshop is aimed at discussing the area of DEVELOPING DECISION MAKING in our hockey players.

The session is aimed for those who are developing young players for life in senior hockey. It will be a theory session followed by a Question Time style scenario with some of the coaches working in Ulster today.

The workshop will be delivered by Andy Smyth – FIH High Performance Coach. Andy, over a 16 year period has been involved with every Interprovincial and International squad on the men’s side from U16 through to Senior Men.

Venue: Queens PEC
Date: 20 January 2019
Time: 10.00am-12.00noon
Cost: £10

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Coaching Children and Young People – How to Coach the Fundamentals of Movement

This workshop will equip your coaches with the knowledge and confidence to incorporate key fundamental movement skills elements into every one of their sessions – irrespective of the age group they coach. It uses as its framework the latest evidence based research that isolates which movements and competencies children should master at particular stages in their development, right through to adulthood, in order to become physically confident.

Understand what fundamental movement skills are and why they are important.
Understand the process of observing and correcting movement skill competency.
Design and deliver warm-ups that promote movement skill development.
Design and deliver body weight management training exercises that promote movement skill development.

Venue: Ulster University, Coleraine
Date: 14 January 2019
Time: 7.00pm-9.30pm
Cost: £15

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Venue: Wallace High School
Date: 21 January 2019
Time: 7.00pm-9.30pm
Cost: £15

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Coaching Workshop for Youth Coaches – “Sweating, smiling and slightly better”

This workshop is aimed at Youth Hockey coaches and will be delivered by Mick McKinnon.  Mick has had unprecedented success in developing players and teams at Armagh and Railway Union women (winning a number of national ISC and IHL titles) whilst also successfully coaching the U18 women’s team. Mick has also previously been involved with Irish Senior Men coaching team.

The course will cover: 

How to learn through game play
How to ensure that the work to rest ratio in your sessions increases
How to use different types of training sessions
How to tailor these to suit your desire outcome

Venue: Edenvilla Park, Portadown
Date: 3 February 2019
Time: 1.00pm-4.00pm
Cost: £15

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Places are limited and will be filled on a first come, first served basis and will only be confirmed upon receipt of payment.

Coaches must be aged 16 or over to attend these workshops.




Fundamentals of Coaching Hockey Course for Volunteers

This course is designed to be an introduction to hockey coaching for volunteers and parents. Whilst still paying heed to the skills required to be taught to beginners the course will also look at the delivery and organisation of a coaching session. The course specifically looks at the coaching needs of those with a limited background in hockey who may also require additional coaching skills to impart their knowledge.

The Fundamentals course is the first course in the hockey coaching pathway and is one of the requirements for candidates wishing to progress to Level 1 and onwards.

Venue: Banbridge
Date: 20 January 2019

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Venue: Coleraine
Date: 20 January 2019

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Venue: Meadowbank, Magherafelt
Date: 29 January 2019

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Level One Coaching Course

The Hockey Ireland Level 1 Coaching Course is the second step on the Hockey Ireland Coaching Pathway. Whilst the Hockey Ireland’s Fundamentals Coaching Course qualifies coaches as Assistant Coaches, the Level 1 is designed for people looking to lead group sessions. The course is delivered on the basis that attendees are coaching a range of age groups, from young children to adults.

Upcoming Courses
Venue: Portadown
Dates:17 February 2019

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