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COVID-19 Update - All League & Youth Hockey Activity

We are now in a very serious situation regarding the rise in COVID-19 across the country and, as a result, the restrictions are ever-changing and being monitored very closely.


Following the most recent Welsh & UK Government directives, the Board and Executive Team of Hockey Wales have had some incredibly difficult decisions to make to ensure that our sport plays its part in keeping everyone safe and complies with the law and guidance put in place.


In order to provide our clubs with clarity for the next few months we are now able to provide an update on all League and Youth hockey activity across Wales. Having considered the current directives, the decision has been made to:


  • Suspend South Wales Womens League Hockey until January 2021

  • Suspend North Wales Womens League Hockey until January 2021

  • Suspend Youth Hockey matches (including both competitive and friendly matches) until January 2021

  • Welsh teams in English leagues can play fixtures in England, including English local lockdown areas (leagues to understand the restrictions imposed in Wales) Please abide by travel guidance in the area. No player can leave a Welsh local lockdown area to play the fixture.

Local Lockdowns

Where an area has been placed under Welsh Government imposed local restrictions, anyone within the boundary can train within the area under PHASE 2: Non-Contact, of the Return to Play Guidance with a maximum of 30 people including coaches and club officials.

No one should enter or leave the given area to play hockey whilst the restrictions are in place.

If you ARE NOT in a local lockdown area, training can continue under Phase 3: Adapted Contact with a maximum of 30 people including coaches and club officials.

Inter-Club Matches

We can confirm that no club matches can happen within Wales at this time.

Due to there being a legal limit of 30, training matches can only be played with the players that are within a specific training group; there should not be any cross-over.

Elite Sport

Special dispensation for elite sport is agreed and granted by the Welsh Government and Sport Wales in consultation with the Governing Body.

For clarity, ‘elite return to hockey’ will include the Wales Senior Squads and Performance Clubs that have Senior Welsh Representatives on their squads and those teams that compete at National League level.

In this case, the only club teams in Wales that will be permitted to train and play under the ‘elite return to hockey’ rulings are Swansea HC (W1), Cardiff & Met (M1) and Cardiff University (M1).

Pathway Activity

All Pathway activity has been postponed until January 2021 at the earliest. For clarity, this includes 360 centres, the new Regional Performance centres and National Age Group programme activity.


The important thing is for our young players to keep within both their educational and club hockey settings until we are satisfied the present risk is reduced.


We also have a responsibility to all staff on these programmes and the expectations that may be placed on them to travel and attend all activity.


We also wanted to ensure a fair and equitable pathway, so those who may be affected by local lockdowns, travel restrictions or accommodation issues will begin at the same time as everyone else and not see their opportunities reduced or minimised.


Spectators

All training MUST take place behind closed doors with no spectator’s present. Additionally, there must be no spectators present at elite games.

Covid-19 Officer

Prior to making a return to hockey it is a requirement for your club to appoint a COVID-19 Officer and inform Hockey Wales – to register your COVID-19 Officer click here.

The Officer will fulfil the role of liaising with other clubs, associations, local and National Sporting Organisations and other relevant stakeholders in relation to your organisation’s response to COVID-19, further information on this role can be found here.

It is so important that our sport make every effort to play their part in stopping this pandemic and continue to do the great work already underway in complying with the law and guidance put in place by the Government.


We will continue to review the Government directives and adjust the Return to Play Activity Phase accordingly. We will monitor the necessary advice and guidance as it evolves and look to share good practice with as much notice as reasonably possible given the circumstances.

Thank you for all you are doing to protect the good name of our sport.



FURTHER INFORMATION

Please see below further information. However, if you have any further questions please visit www.hockeywales.org.uk/covid-19 or contact your Club Development Officer.

Travel Guidance for Wales and England

Information for travelling in Wales click here

Information for travelling in England click here


Facilities

Each facility provider would have undertaken their own risk assessment for a safe return to sport. We strongly advise that all clubs engage with facility providers and adhere to their guidelines.

Regional Testing Centres

Should anyone who has attended a club session report Covid-19 symptoms, information on Wales regional testing centres can be found here.

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