The Leinster Hockey Association has adopted the IHA's programme. HookedforLife is an essential component for anyone involved in hockey including players, coaches, managers, parents and administrators. The goal of the programme is to recruit, capture, develop and retain players through
1. A clear holistic pathway - which is easy to understand and covers all strands (both performance and grassroots)
2. Being Player' centered - focusing on the participation element of being in a team (rather than individual) sport
3. Fun and enjoyable - developing a love of the game for life (considering both wants and needs of players)
4. Quality and fun coaching - at all levels
5. Understood by all - so that it is easy to locate a player and understood by non hockey players/parents.
HookedforLife has been developed principally around the 3 main fundamental areas:
1. The PLAYER - meeting the need of the player
2. THE COACH - to ensure the key deliverer of the scheme understands what each player should
3. The GAME - game formats which suit the need of the player
LHA Academy Coaches and manager are all Garda Vetted and have completed the Child Protection in Sport Awareness Workshop.
The Leinster Hockey Association currently has 8 Interprovincial Programmes and would hope to see the re-introduction of the national Under 21 Programme in the coming season.