The IIHA are pleased to announce details of the participants who will be representing Ireland at the 2011 IIHF Hockey Development Camp (HDC) in Vierumaki, Finland from 2nd – 10th July 2011. This will be the tenth HDC to be hosted by the Vierumaki Sports Institute. Last year, the camp catered for women’s hockey and Ireland was well represented with five individuals taking part. The camp was a huge success and each year it builds on its success.
This year, Ireland is one of 50 countries to participate in the camp with seven individuals taking part across five different programmes. Sean Coleman and Jordan Donnelly will each take part as players. Kenneth Redmond will act as a coach to one of the teams as will Rob Schistad who will take part in a new programme to be operated for the first time this year; the Goalkeeper Coach programme. Mark Pepper will take part in the Game Officials programme as a linesman while both Jamie Cummins and Sonya McEneaney will take part in the Learn To Play Instructors programme.
All the different aspects that affect the sport will be covered throughout the week and the participants will have a memorable time gaining information, experience and new friends. Each of Ireland’s participants will experience the different techniques used to grow and develop the sport in different countries around the globe. They’ll also be expected to share their own experiences and ideas within ice hockey with those coming from different countries.
The 2011 IIHF Hockey Development Camp will run until Sunday, 10th July 2011 and will be attended by over 400 participants from 50 countries across five continents. This will be the largest group that Ireland has sent to participate in the camp and each of the participants will bring new experiences and ideas back to Ireland. All of the goings on at the camp can be followed on www.iiha.org as the players keep us up to date with regular blogs. While the camp’s official webpage (http://www.iihf.com/iihf-home/sport/camps.html) will contain all the most up to date information.