As we continue the phased approach out of lockdown, we are experiencing regular changes to guidance from the Welsh Government (WG).
Following the announcement on Friday 10th July, Hockey Wales have considered the information and are now able to provide our members and the wider hockey family with an update on sensible steps to take towards returning to play.
Taking into account the guidelines provided by WG and, in accordance with the COVID-19 Return to Play Guidance, we can confirm that all member clubs are now in activity Phase 2 ‘Non-Contact Training – to develop readiness for return to adapted contact hockey.’
Detailed information on this phase can be found on the Hockey Wales website in the ‘Full Return to Play Guidance’, and a summary document outlining key aspects can be seen here. However, it is important to note for clarity,
Clubs can now go back to training with no more than 6 people (including a coach) in one quarter of the pitch, as long as they remain socially distanced at all times - where possible, keep members of the same household group together.
Clubs need to complete a COVID-19 risk assessment before returning to training.
Clubs can only go back to training once they have appointed a COVID-19 Officer and provided Hockey Wales with contact details.
You must follow Government regulations in relation to social distancing.
Facilities guidance must always be adhered to.
Member insurance has been reinstated for those affiliated members of Hockey Wales, but this is only in place if you adhere to the guidance provided.
Whilst we enter this new phase cautiously, we are delighted that hockey will be underway again albeit in this adapted guise. This has been a difficult period for everyone, and we would like to thank you for your patience and cooperation.
Please note, we will review the Activity Phase at the end of July and provide any updates to guidance once this has taken place. In the meantime, please consider the adaptations your club will need to put in place going forward and look to speak to your Club Development Officer about the possibility of applying for funds from the recently launched Be Active Wales Fund.
Welsh Government ‘Stay at Home Guidance for households’