HOCKEY CLUBS IN WALES CAN NOW TRAIN & PLAY FRIENDLIES
Hockey Wales has considered the latest information from the Government and are now able to provide our members and the wider hockey family with an update for activity to take place after the Welsh two week ‘firebreak lockdown’.
We can confirm that from 9th November 2020, providing a Covid-19 Officer is in place and the guidelines for Phase 3 are followed, clubs are now able to return to training under the same regulations that were in place prior to the firebreak lockdown, and have the option to play friendly matches within the boundaries detailed below.
Whilst we enter this new element of Phase 3 cautiously, we are pleased that we can undertake this next step. This has been enabled due to hockey clubs across Wales taking on board the Return to Play Guidance and approaching each phase with respect for the rules, caution and careful consideration.
PHASE 3C ADAPTED CONTACT WITH ALLOWANCE FOR GAMES:
There is now the option in place for clubs to play friendly games providing both teams agree to adhere with the boundaries detailed below.
It is important to note that the MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PEOPLE ALLOWED WITHIN THE FACILITY FOR THE GAME IS 30.
Examples of how this could look are:
either clubs fielding
14 players + Umpires,
13 players + Umpires + Coach
Matches need to be held locally and travel must be kept to a minimum.
There can be no more than 14 individuals in a travelling party, and where possible players must make their way to a game in separate vehicles unless you are part of the same household.
No spectators are allowed at games.
Training is in PHASE 3 of the Return to Play Model. This is adapted contact where the aim is to enhance readiness for a return to full contact hockey.
Whilst numbers within a session continue to be limited to 30 as part of one isolated training group, including coaches and club officials, if your facility is in agreement, clubs can now have 2 groups on one pitch, each in a designated half – the two groups should not come into contact, this includes coaches and club officials.
Before clubs can introduce this the following must be adhered to:
Club Covid officers must have produced a plan for clear facility entry and exit procedures in place to avoid the possibility of the two groups mixing – this must be considered in the club’s risk assessment prior to being implemented.
Your club has received permission from your facility provider.
No one group is to exceed 30 in number inclusive of support staff.
1 group only permitted per half of pitch with a maximum of two groups allowed at any one time. This does not allow for more than 2 separate groups.
No spectators permitted at all. Parents only permitted in cases of welfare and safeguarding need where this cannot be met by the usual staffing and protocols of the club.
Whilst contact can now take place, social distancing MUST come into effect when possible, particularly during warm-up, team discussions and cool downs.
For more details on this Phase please visit the Hockey Wales Covid-19 webpage and click on the Return to Play Model.
TRACK AND TRACE SPOT CHECKS
It must be remembered that adhering to the maximum of 30 people rule is a legal requirement. In order to protect our clubs, and ensure that rules are being adhered to, Hockey Wales will undertake spot checks on track and trace registers until further notice.
Due to Government guidelines, England Hockey have announced that there will be no club or community hockey from 5th November until after 4th December at the earliest.
All games MUST take place behind closed doors with no spectator’s present.
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.
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.
We will continue to monitor the necessary advice and guidance as it evolves. We will also look to share good practice with as much notice as reasonably possible given the circumstances.
Should anyone who has attended a club session report Covid-19 symptoms, information on Wales regional testing centres can be found here.
Hockey Wales would like to extend our thanks for your patience and understanding at this time.
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