Loughrea Lakers Hockey Club are affiliated to Hockey Ireland and Connacht Hockey. Our club core values are aligned within Connacht Hockey. We value Respect, Tradition, Fair-Play, Competition and Enjoyment.
We strive to lead by example with regard to respect and sportsmanship. It is important that our players, coaches, and parents respect the roles of each other and appreciate the importance of all parties. When competing and representing our club, we always demonstrate sportsmanship and respect towards our team-mates, coaches, umpires, opponents, and supporters.
Loughrea Lakers Hockey Club was founded in 2021 following the success of the National Women’s Hockey team at the Tokyo Olympics. Sport is a big part of community life and generations of Athenry families will play, coach, manage, and support the club through the years to come. We are very proud to be one of the few rural hockey clubs in the country and to continue the tradition of hockey in our region.
We are honest, fair, and open with our players, parents, supporters, sponsors, other clubs, and external bodies that facilitate and support our game. We listen to the opinions of those around us and make decisions for the club that are informed and considered.
Our club emphasizes the importance of best effort and participation for each member. Through competition our players learn respect for fellow-players, opponents, umpires, and the rules of our sport. We strive to encourage an attitude of persistence, hard work, and self-belief while also developing well-rounded and balanced players. While we want hockey to be a priority, we also know how important it is for members to play other sports and be involved in their schools and communities. We support our members in achieving balance in their activities.
We are passionate about creating a happy, safe, and enjoyable sporting environment for all our players, to engender a life-long love of hockey and sport in general. We encourage and support our young players to enable growth, development, confidence, leadership, and team spirit. Through our sport, we adopt a healthy lifestyle and build life skills.