Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 July 2014

Havelock Park set to be hockey centre

Banbridge's Havelock Park is to become the men's regional centre for international hockey in Ulster.

Previously regional training sessions in the province have been rotated between Lisnagarvey, Instonians, Banbridge and UUJ, but the governing body has decided to cut down on as much travelling as possible, particularly as more training will be done on a regional basis.

National training camps take place in Dublin, but the Leinster and Ulster regional sessions are rotated between the two provinces.

"We looked at the possibility of sourcing a regional centre for Ulster, not only for the Ulster sessions but for those involving Leinster players when they travel north," said a spokesperson.

"The rationale for choosing Banbridge is its proximity to the border, making it easier for Leinster players to come north. However, when hosting international matches in Ulster we will continue to vary venues."

The IHA now have three high performance staff based in Ireland - new international coach Paul Revington has been placed in Dromore while Dave Passmore (High Performance Director) is based in Munster and Gene Muller (international women's coach) is based in Leinster, guaranteeing a good spread.

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