2011 IIHF Hockey Development Camp

What: 2011 IIHF Hockey Development Camp
Where: Vierumaki, Finland
When: 2nd – 10th July 2011

The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has released details for the 2011 IIHF Hockey Development Camp that will take place in Vierumaki, Finland from 2nd July to the 10th July, 2011.

Ireland is one of several countries from around the world that has made a commitment to develop youth and junior hockey and participate in the 2011 IIHF Hockey Development Camp.

The camp is open to male players born in 1996 selected by the participating member national associations. The camp is also open to Coaches, Managers, Equipment Managers, Game Officials, Goalkeeper Coaches as well as Learn To Play Instructors who will be selected from received applications submitted by the national associations.

All participants will be actively involved in theoretical and practical sessions. There will be daily meetings, seminars and planning sessions for each of the groups, as well as ‘hands on’ participation. The entire program is designed as a comprehensive teaching/learning experience for all participants.

Once participants have returned to Ireland, they will be expected to initiate, operate and assist the development of youth and junior hockey within the Irish Ice Hockey Association (IIHA) and throughout Ireland.

According to the IIHF: “The Development Camp Program has proven to be an excellent method to educate and motivate our members to grow our sport within their boundaries!”

The IIHA would like to offer this camp to all of our members whom have an involvement with youth or junior hockey and we would like to send participants in each of the following categories:

• Players
• Team Coach
• Team Manager
• Equipment Manager
• Game Officials
• Goalkeeper Coach
• Learn To Play Instructor

The deadline for submitting applications from the IIHA to the IIHF for the categories of Team Coach, Team Manager, Equipment Manager, Game Officials, Goalkeeper Coach and submissions to attend the Learn To Play Instructor Seminar is Monday, 28th February 2011. Therefore, the IIHA would like for any interested parties to please submit their application to office@iiha.org no later than 7:00 pm on Saturday, 26th February 2011.

Applications should be accompanied by the applicant’s name, age, address, contact details, the reason why you feel you should be selected as well as how you feel you can use the information you acquire at the camp when you return to Ireland to improve youth and junior hockey in Ireland in the future. Applicants should also state what their past and current involvement is with hockey in Ireland as well as abroad. Lastly, applicants should state what their future ambitions are within ice hockey.

The IIHF will be responsible for the following:
• All camp arrangements and costs including meals, accommodation, facilities, administration, operations, instructors, materials and program contents of the camp
• Ground transportation between Helsinki and Vierumaki

The IIHA will be responsible for the following:
• Selection of participants to be submitted to the IIHF
• Travel arrangements for the participants to Helsinki from Ireland and back
• The IIHA will only be in a position to fund a portion of the travel arrangements for participants. The remainder will be the responsibility of the participants

Successful applicants whom are chosen by the IIHA and the IIHF to participate in the camp will be responsible for the following:
• Pay for at least 75% of the cost of the travel arrangements to Helsinki from Ireland and back
• Record a daily blog of the activities in which they took part
• Upon return to Ireland, submit a detailed report to the IIHA outlining suggestions to improve the standards of youth and junior hockey in Ireland in that respective area based on their experiences in Vierumaki
• Make themselves available to assist the IIHA in the future to help develop the sport in the respective area when asked to do so by the IIHA
• Ensure that they are free to travel on the necessary dates if selected

If you require any further details on any of the above categories and what exactly is involved, please contact the IIHA at office@iiha.org. Further details about the camp can also be found on www.iihf.com.

More details for participants who would be interested in attending the camp as players will be made available in the next few weeks. Players should not contact the IIHA seeking information until the information has been released on www.iiha.org.

We confirm that our organisation complies with The Governance Code for the Community, Voluntary, and Charitable Sector in Ireland.