Covid Return to Play
England Hockey has worked closely with the other major team sports in England, the result of which was the publication of a “Recreational Team Sports Framework”. That work included looking at and assessing the relative risks of transmission of Covid-19 via airborne droplets and through touching surfaces. By also using a mix of player GPS data and video data to assess the amount of close contact between players, it was possible to prove that the risk of transmission of Covid-19 during competitive hockey is low. As a consequence, the sport of hockey has been given government approval to resume activity as follows:-
- Resume competitive training in groups of up to a maximum of 30 people including the coach (and where two groups of up to 30 people can use the same pitch provided they can be socially distanced from each other when not playing).
- Play matches at a local level
The return to playing a fully competitive league programme is still under review but is not dependent upon government approval - that is a decision that now rests with England Hockey. The main obstacle to a return to fully competitive match play seems to be that a large number of clubs who do not have their own pitches cannot gain access to the pitches (for example at schools) that they use. There is no guarantee, not least because of the continued threat of further outbreaks of Covid-19, but we are hoping that a return to fully competitive match play will be possible towards the end of September as normal and we are planning for that outcome.
We ask all our members and parents of junior members to please read the following documents:-
We have also created a document with key information for visiting teams:-
Finally, spectators are still very welcome, but it is essential that social distancing and the "rule of six" is observed. There is clear signage showing the route for spectators, and plenty of hand sanitiser available in the spectator areas.