Resumption of Hockey

England Hockey have released the following statements regarding the end of the November lockdown:

Update: Training and matches can return in Tiers 1 & 2 from 2 December

Following confirmation from Government on the new Covid Alert Level Tiers, it is now confirmed that a larger proportion of the country will be affected by tougher restrictions than during the previous tier approach.

England Hockey are continuing to work with Sport England, DCMS and the other team sports for clarity on what travel is permitted between areas to understand to what extent outdoor team sports will be allowed to return.

The good news is that in all Tiers clubs can resume training next week from Wednesday 2 December.

In Tier 1 and 2 training and matches can resume from December 2. Any activity must comply with our Return to Play Step 5 guidance.

The main outstanding issues relate to the new Tier 3 Areas and the rules around those in terms of travel for sport. England Hockey will update as soon as the sport specific guidance for this is agreed.

We intend to hold briefing meetings for clubs in Tier 3 Areas (or clubs bordering Tier 3). If you would like to attend one of these please reply here and we will share arrangements to join the meeting once confirmation is given on the final details of the new Tier 3 rules.

As soon as further guidance is available, clarity provided from key stakeholders and the implications considered, we will issue updated guidance.

You can see the full statement here.


Promising Signs For Resumption of Hockey Following Govt Announcements

Following the Government announcements earlier today (Monday), there are now signs of what will be allowed during the next return to play. Whilst the headlines are promising there is not yet clarity on the detailed implications for hockey or the nature of what will be allowed in what tier from December 2.

England Hockey have been working with Sport England, DCMS and the other team sports and were able to demonstrate that outdoor team sports can be played safely and with extremely low Covid-19 transmission risks. Indeed, both government scientists and politicians have admitted this in statements in recent weeks. The good work hockey clubs have done in putting in place safe environments, following the guidance and reporting cases has been invaluable in providing evidence to government.

We are now very optimistic that hockey will be able to be played before Christmas in line with Tier 5 of our Return To Play (RTP) guidance, as we were able to prior to the second lockdown. However, as was the case then, restrictions specific to certain areas may well still impact on what is possible.

As soon as guidance on the new tiered alert levels becomes available and the implications can be considered we will issue updated guidance. We hope this will be in the next few days.

You can see the full statement here.


Covid-19 and Returning to Play

For further information and guidance on returning to play please refer to the England Hockey website. Here you will find the latest guidance and other information for the safe return to playing hockey.

Click here for the latest Covid-19 Club Support from England Hockey


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