Hockey is a fast-flowing and exciting sport that thousands of people in Ulster enjoy every year from grassroots to elite level.
It’s unique amongst other popular sports as both men’s and women’s teams compete alongside each other at all levels, internationally and domestically, with equal recognition and profile.
No matter your age, gender or skill level, you have the chance to be a part of the sport whether it be as player, coach, umpire or club helper!
It’s easy to get involved! In Ulster there are 78 clubs around the country ready for you to join a fun, friendly, and exciting sport for life.
Hockey is a great sport to play and there are so many ways to play, no matter what your age or ability level. It is a team sport, with a fantastic social environment, and the rewards of playing hockey are vast on and off the pitch.
Coaches are vital to the development of the sport and without quality coaching we will not be able to develop effective player pathways from Grassroots to
Interprovincial and National Squads. Ulster Hockey organise a range of courses leading to qualifications at different levels and hold workshops and seminars
throughout the year focusing specific coaching topics. These will help you develop your skills and knowledge as a coach on hockey specific and generic topics.
Umpires and Officials
Without Umpires, hockey simply wouldn’t work. Umpires are crucial figures on the hockey pitch and each year they officiate thousands of games at all levels of the sport throughout Ulster.
Over time some umpires and officials will develop their skills to a level that will see them invited to national tournaments and international events.
Officiating is a great way to develop a better understanding of hockey. Whether you’re a player, coach, parent or teacher, a better understanding of the rules will assist all aspects of your game.
Volunteers are the life blood of sport – whether you are making a difference at a local club or volunteering at an Ulster Hockey event, everyone can make a valued contribution to hockey.
Having fun, meeting new people, learning new skills, adding something to your CV and being on a winning team – these are just some of the benefits of volunteering, whether it is at a local hockey club or at an Ulster Hockey event.
No matter your age or ability there is a role for everyone in hockey. Why not join in?