Three Rock launches ParaHockey Rockets initiative

Three Rock Rovers is launching a new ParaHockey section with the introduction of the Three Rock Rockets and are encouraging children and young adults with an intellectual disability interested in hockey to join up.

The new ParaHockey section – sponsored by Osaka – is for people aged 12 years and up and will run from 6.30 to 7.30pm on Tuesday evenings. The sessions take place before the club’s men’s first team and so the Rockets will be able to see some of the skills they have to show.

ParaHockey players at the 2015 European Championships in London

ParaHockey players at the 2015 European Championships in London

Sessions start on Tuesday, November 8 and will run for 10 weeks initially. The cost is €100 per player which includes a club top, membership of the club and insurance.

Irish Under-16 coach Niall Denham will run the coaching sessions along with Siobhan Madeley who can be contacted on 087 90663679 or shivmade@msn.com for more details.

The club are initially looking for 10 players to create the club’s first ParaHockey team which will be allocated on a first come, first-served basis but anyone who wants to come along and have a look can call into the club on Grange Road, Rathfarnham.

ParaHockey has been on the rise across Europe over the last number of years with the European Hockey Federation adding it to their programme of events at the European Championships, hosting tournaments in tandem with the marquee event with Para teams taking to the main pitch in 2011 in Monchengladbach, 2013 in Boom and 2015 in London (see video below of the German team linking up with Para players) as well as at the Euro Hockey League in Barcelona last June.

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