News in brief: Swords, RBAI and YM coaching jobs

** Swords hockey club are looking for a new coach for the upcoming 2012/13 season. The ALSAA based club currently train on Monday and Wednesday evenings, with pre-season due to start in early August. Suitable candidates should email us at The club currently has teams in division four and eight of the women’s Leinster leagues.

** The hockey club of RBAI is seeking to appoint an individual to lead the coaching of junior hockey players for the 2012-2013 season (Under-12, 13, 14 and 15 age groups.)

The successful applicant will be required to commit to four afternoons a week as well as to assist with fixtures on Saturday morning. In addition, the Head Coach of Junior Hockey would be required to liaise closely with the existing School coaching staff and the Master-in-Charge of the Hockey Club throughout the season.

All coaching sessions take place on the water-based surface at Shaws Bridge (home of Instonians) and they begin in September and run through to March 2013. This is a paid position with the salary being commensurate with the experience of the successful applicant.

Applications for this position (including C.V.) should be forwarded to by Friday, July 27. For more information (or if you do not have access to e-mail), please ring Brian Waring on 077 499 12334.

** YMCA are looking for someone interested in working as an assistant coach to the men’s first team and taking charge of the men’s second team. This role is open to those still playing and wish to slot in as a player coach as well as those who wish to apply for the coaching experience alone.

YM are looking for someone “that will work in line with our first team coach to develop a wealth of young players that need to be guided into senior hockey with a view to pushing them for the first team and beyond. We also have a core of committed senior players who have also played in an Irish junior cup final in the past few years.”

Coaching requirements would be a minimum of one hour on a Tuesday and Thursday evening as well as sideline responsibilities with the seconds at the weekend. For more info, contact Warwick on

** Railway Union goalkeeper Stephen O’Keeffe is seeking help from the hockey public with his MSc thesis research. His project is to investigate Irish people’s attitudes, opinions and knowledge of wolves and their reintroduction into Britain and Ireland. If you can take a few minutes to fill out his survey below, he will be most grateful! Here is the link:

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