LHA Coaching & Management Roles

LHA Coaching & Management Roles

December 16, 2019

The LHA are preparing the 2020 Interprovincial and Regional Player Development Programmes and are now seeking applications for coaching, management and administration roles.

Each Inter-Provincial squad requires a Head Coach, an Assistant Coach and a Manager.  GK coaches are also required but they would normally work across two squads (e.g. U16 & U18).

Regional development squads, to be set up around the province, will require a head coach and 2-3 assistant coaches per centre.

Administrators are also required to manage the junior age player development programmes – linking in with each interprovincial squad and regional programme.

Inter-Provincial Squads

Interprovinical Squads (Adults)

Competition Dates


Junior Ladies

16-17 May, Connacht

Adult Competitions (Over 18s and not in school)

Players who have played (or are listed on the registered match card) for more than 3 IHL Division 1 matches in the current season are not eligible

Junior Men

U21/23 Men

08-Mar, Munster

15-Mar, Ulster

22-Mar, Leinster

These will be full day sessions comprising a morning of training/trials and a match in the afternoon.

National Head Coach, Denis Pritchard, will be selecting a panel to prepare for a series of International games and tournaments at Easter and in the summer months.


Note: There is no U21 Ladies inter-pros panel. A large number of Leinster players (>18)  already participate in the National Development programme.  Club coaches should contact the national development coach, Dave Passmore by email (dave.irishhockey@me.com) if they have a player they believe to have developed during the season who should be considered

Junior Age Interprovincials

 Competition Dates


Boys and Girls Under 15s

National Festival

8/9 May, Leinster

North, South, East & West Leinster teams for girls (includes South East)

North, South, West Leinster Teams for boys

Boys Under 16 & Under 18

12-16 Apr, Holland

11-13 Sep, Leinster

Trial panel to be named by end of June.

Final trials to be held week beginning 10th August

Girls Under 16 & Under 18

12-16 Apr, Holland

18-20 Sep, Ulster

Trial panel to be named by end of June.

Final trials to be held week beginning 10th August when all players from National panels have completed their rest period.

Regional Development Programmes

Each centre will be set up to cater for Stage 1 (born 2007) Stage 2 (born 2005 & 2006) and Stage 3 (born 2003 & 2004) players who are not involved in an interprovincial training panel.

Exact schedules, locations etc are being worked through. Players would normally attend 4-6 sessions, the final session to be an inter-regional blitz involving every player who has attended a minimum of 4 sessions.


Following the regional development programme players may be invited to join an inter-provincial training panel.

Application Process

In your application please include a note on what role you wish to apply for and attach a short coaching / management CV.

Please email  interpro@leinsterhockey.ie / admin@leinsterhockey.ie  before 6th January 2020.  Interviews will be scheduled during January.

All successful applicants will be Garda Vetted by Leinster Hockey and must agree to abide by the LHA Code of Conduct for Sports Leaders (click here).  Coaches, managers and administrators must also provide proof that they have completed the Safeguarding One course.

Coaching Roles

All coaches must have at least a Level 1 coaching qualification from Hockey Ireland.

Head Coaches would ideally have a Level 2 award from Hockey Ireland.

The head coach will be required to plan and deliver training sessions, while also providing leadership and guidance to the assistant coaches.

Will require strong leadership, communication, organisation and planning skills.

Manager & Administrator Roles

Squad managers will need to have excellent communication, organisation and planning skills. They will be responsible for the organisation and budget management for their respective squads/regional centres – including pitch bookings and coaching assignments.

Team managers are responsible for

  • Ensuring that players, parents and club/school coaches are kept up to date on the programme plans.
  • Liaising with physios / coaches and players/parents re player injuries etc.
  • Pitch bookings and logistics/equipment at training sessions and tournaments.
  • Ensure all programmes are run in line with LHA Code of Conduct and Ethics Best Practice

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