Monkstown Academy dates back to the late 1960’s when our colts started under the guidance of Tom Keogh. Since then it has been constantly developing and we are now delighted to have over 150 boys aged between 6 and 16. Many of our current men’s 1st team came through the Academy and several of our boys have represented both Leinster and Ireland at both underage and subsequently at senior level. The Academy has gone from strength to strength and expanded to include girls in 2010. The fillies has been the fastest growing section of the club and we now have over 400 girls and are proud to have many of our girls participating in Leinster development squads. There has always been a philosophy in the Academy that each and every player should be encouraged to develop to the best of their individual ability while fostering a strong team ethic and having lots of fun along the way. Enjoyment is the key to participation and we hope that all of the Academy progress through to the Senior club and continue to play hockey for many years.
We are delighted that Nick Dee will continue as Head Coach of the Academy for the 2017/18 season. Nick has progressed through the club from Colts to 1 st team and has a wealth of playing and coaching experience at all levels in both schools and clubs. He is currently completing his Hockey Ireland Level 2 course and we are thrilled to have him heading up our Academy. Nick will plan the coaching and will work with the coaches throughout the season to ensure the highest standards are maintained.
All our coaches are Garda Vetted and have completed a Code of Ethics in Sport course. The principal coaches in each group have completed a minimum of a Level 1 coaching course and there is an emphasis on all coaches continuing to develop their coaching techniques through attendance at courses and conferences. Many of our coaches are current 1st team players and all have a passion for hockey and for passing that enthusiasm onto our younger members
The following are the guiding principles behind coaching at the Academy:
As the boys and girls reach secondary school and the standard of hockey increases training continues to be in mixed ability groups but teams for matches are selected on merit. Each player will be on a team and will get an equal number of games playing with those of similar ability. There are a number of factors taken into consideration in team selection including ability, progression, player position, and effort and attendance at training and matches. Teams are always open to change throughout the season as we acknowledge that players progress at different rates and we ask parents to respect the coaches opinion.
Once the boys and girls turn 15 they may be invited to play matches for the senior section of the club. Each player is invited to join the senior club once they leave the Academy.