Ulster Hockey is committed to developing coaching throughout Ulster.
Coaching is a rewarding experience that allows you to help others achieve their potential, learn new skills and meet new people.
Who can become a hockey coach?
Anybody can. You might be a current hockey player, a past player, a parent or teacher. You might already be a hockey coach looking to take your coaching to the next level or a coach in another sport that wishes to turn their hand to hockey.
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.
A diagram of the Coaching Pathway is below. Pathway courses are certified by Coaching Ireland and run from Fundamental to Level 3. The pathway diagram below gives details of the progression between courses and the order in which they run. Please note that Hockey Ireland strongly advocates that any coach or volunteer dealing with U18 players must have their Safeguarding of Children in Sport Certificate.
Outside of pathway courses, Ulster Hockey also runs a number of continuous professional development courses. These courses are non-certified sessions that all coaches can attend regardless of level of qualification. Courses are run throughout the year and cover a wide range of topics.