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New Update: Outdoor activity can resume for U18s from 27 March 2021

On the 26th of March 2021 the Welsh Government provided an update to the guidance given to sport regarding a return to play.

Hockey Wales has considered the information and can confirm that outdoor activity for U18s can resume from Saturday 27th March 2021.

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.

Whilst there are no limits on participation numbers, all clubs MUST follow the facilities guidelines and restrictions, as well as appropriate coach:player ratio; in turn, participants must also understand and respect this ruling.

In Summary:

  • Outdoor organised activity can resume for U18s from Saturday 27th March 2021.

  • There are no limits on participation numbers.

  • Coach:player ratio’s must be in place for all hockey activity to ensure safety in play and allowance for adhering to Covid protection guidance. (CPSU recommendations: ratio 4-8yrs 1:6, 9-12yrs 1:8, 13-18yrs 1:10)

  • Outdoor training and games for all U18 players can resume.

  • An U18 player is an individual who has turned 18 during the 20/21 season i.e. Academic Year 13.

  • Social distancing must come into effect where possible.

  • Travel is only permitted within Wales. No cross border travel is permitted.

Training/Game Protocols:

  • 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:

Please be assured that we are continuing to monitor Government Guidance and working with relevant agencies to keep information as up to date as possible to ensure we are fully prepared for any changes.

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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