Tricks 4 Sticks 2016 Applications Now Open

  • Apr 13,2016

In what will be a historic Olympic year for Hockey in Ireland, we are pleased to announce that we are re-opening the application process for our Tricks 4 Sticks programme for clubs for 2016. 

 Tricks 4 Sticks offers your club the opportunity to increase youth participation numbers (girls and boys) through the running of a targeted schools programme in your area. Clubs that are successfully accepted onto Tricks 4 Sticks receive funding to cover the programme’s coaching costs.

 The programme will begin running in September, just in time to capture the imagination of young players who will have seen the Irish men play in Rio and giving clubs the chance to take advantage of the Olympic legacy! 

 Supported by the Irish Sports Council’s Women in Sport fund, Tricks 4 Sticks sends a qualified hockey coach into local schools representing your club. The coach delivers a high energy hockey programme and creates links to your club. At the end of the programme the pupils are invited to visit your club grounds for an open day/training session, whilst the school receives a Hockey Skills Challenge pack to encourage them to continue playing hockey.

 Benefits of Tricks 4 Sticks:

  • Increased youth membership numbers in your club
  • Take advantage of Olympic legacy
  • Long-lasting links with local Primary and Secondary schools in your area are created through Tricks 4 Sticks
  • Club receives best practice on how to structure an effective schools programme through guidelines and coaching session plans
  • Club receives best practice on catering for children at club open days
  • Access to a FREE Stepping Stones coaching course (Phase 1 or Phase 2) for participating clubs

How to Apply:

To apply for the Tricks 4 Sticks programme click here

If you are running a joint Tricks 4 Sticks programme you can click here. This form is to be completed by clubs that are delivering Tricks 4 Sticks in partnership with another club. This is most likely to be the case when more than one club is targeting the same school(s) or clubs share the same home grounds.

Any questions? For a list of FAQs click here. Alternatively please get in touch with your Hockey Ireland contact.