What: 2012 IIHF Hockey Development Camp
Where: Vierumaki, Finland
When: 15th – 22nd July 2012
The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has released details for the 2012 IIHF Hockey Development Camp that will take place in Vierumaki, Finland from 15th July to the 22nd July, 2012.
This season’s camp will be the fourth Women’s Hockey Development Camp. Ireland is one of several countries from around the world that has made a commitment to participate in the 2012 IIHF Hockey Development Camp.
The camp is open to female players born in 1996 and 1997 selected by the participating member national associations. The camp is also open to Coaches, Managers, Equipment Managers, Game Officials, Goalkeeper Coaches as well as Women’s Hockey Learn To Play Instructors who will be selected from the received applications submitted by the national associations.
All participants will be actively involved in theoretical and practical sessions and all programs are guided and lead by the selected IIHF Mentors and Instructors. 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 in the development of women’s 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 women’s hockey and we would like to send participants in each of the following categories:
•Game Officials (applicants must be female)
•Women’s Hockey Learn To Play Instructor
The deadline for submitting applications to the IIHA for the categories of Team Coach, Team Manager, Equipment Manager, Game Officials, Goalkeeper Coach and Women’s Hockey Learn To Play Instructors is no later than 11:00 pm on Sunday, 5th February 2012.
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 women’s 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 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
•Ensure that they are a Member of the IIHA
•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 women’s 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Further details about the camp can also be found on www.iihf.com.
PLEASE NOTE: More details for participants who would be interested in attending the camp as players will be made available in the coming weeks and months. Players should not contact the IIHA seeking information until the information has been released on www.iiha.org.