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On the 22nd April 2021 the Welsh Government provided an update to the guidance given to sport regarding a return to play, focussed on the adult return to organised activity.

Hockey Wales has considered the information and can confirm that outdoor activity for Over 18s can resume from Monday 26th April as well as Under 18s continuing activity.

Whilst this is welcome news for everyone, there are regulations in place to protect members of the hockey family. Support is in place for all Club Covid Officers and we would encourage all queries to be directed to us via your representative in the first instance.

Please read carefully the differences between U18 and Over 18 restrictions. Whilst our guidance is in place, all clubs MUST still follow the facilities guidelines and restrictions, as well as maintain the appropriate coach:player ratio for U18 sessions; in turn, participants must also understand and respect this ruling.

In Summary:

  • Outdoor organised activity can resume for over 18s from Monday 26th April 2021.

  • Over 18s can return to training and matches within the number of 30 – this should include coaches and umpires.

  • Under 18 activity continues as per guidance provided from 27th March 2021.

  • Under 18 guidance applies to all sessions that are exclusively for Under 18s.

  • Social distancing must come into effect where possible.

  • Travel is permitted in and out of Wales.

Training/Game Protocols:

  • 2 discreet groups of 30 can train only on one pitch as long as the two groups NEVER overlap – this applies to training only.

  • The 2 groups of 30 applies to 30 players in each half of the pitch.

  • Over 18s should NOT exceed the number of 30 for matches – including the coaches and officials.

  • If under 18s are included in over 18 sessions, they must be included in the number of 30.

  • All participants must remain socially distanced during breaks in play with spaced areas for equipment.

  • Clubs should strictly limit the time congregating at a venue before activity begins. Social and physical distancing measures must always be applied.

  • No changing rooms should be used – players should arrive in training/playing kit. Exceptions may be made where safety and safeguarding measures require their use.

  • Only people from one extended household can travel together in a vehicle.

  • No-one should leave home to participate in training or a game if they live with someone who is symptomatic or have been informed to self-isolate.

  • All outdoor activity resumes on an opt in basis.


Welsh Government guidelines state “supporters and other spectators should be limited at this stage to only those persons who absolutely need to attend e.g parents/guardians of children who require their attendance for health or safeguarding reasons.”

Under the terms of those “who absolutely need to attend”, a parent /guardian would be permitted to attend a game/training session:

  • In a supervisory capacity if they are concerned about their child being left on their own

  • If there is a medical condition that meant it was advisable for a parent/guardian to be pitch-side to support the club

  • If there is a welfare reason for a parent/guardian to be present pitch-side

Test, Trace and Protect:

  • All clubs are required to support NHS Test, Trace and Protect service by registering the name and contact number of all individuals involved in training sessions/games

  • NHS Test, Trace and Protect will determine if an individual is required to self-isolate if there has been a positive case amongst a team member, opposition player, coach, umpire or official.

  • Clubs and individuals should contact Public Health Wales on 119 if they are unsure if they need to self-isolate.

  • More information https://gov.wales/test-trace-protect-html

Further Updates:

For those clubs who may be impacted by England Hockey guidance, please see here: https://www.englandhockey.co.uk/deliver/covid-19-guidance

More information:

More information on the most recent announcement can be found at:



Support is in place for all Covid Officers and we would encourage all queries to be directed to us via your representative by email to development@hockeywales.org.uk, or visit https://www.hockeywales.org.uk/covid-19.

We would like to extend our thanks for your patience and understanding at this time.

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