Return to Hockey v2.0

27/11/2020 22:25

The Kent Hockey Association Management Committee met on Friday evening (via Zoom) to discuss the way forward following the second lockdown.

The South and East regional leagues have issued their own guidance.

Teams in regional leagues should refer their respective websites.

While it has been confirmed that hockey may safely resume, thanks in part to the tremendous work of Covid Officers in our clubs, the Men’s and Ladies Kent Leagues faces several challenges.

A number of Kent Clubs will, from 3rd December (subject to a final vote in Parliament on Tuesday), find themselves in Tier 3.

Others will be in Tier 2.

And a small number will be on the fringes, with players, umpires and even pitches in both tiers.

Further detailed guidance is expected from England Hockey and the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) over weekend, regarding what may and may not be possible in and between the tiers.

We will publish our own plans for both before and after Christmas in the next few days.

Following this, a review of post-Christmas league hockey will be carried out in early January.

Once information from England Hockey and the DCMS has been digested, our four Club Reps will inform their usual contacts within the clubs.

A couple of ideas were discussed at length in the meeting to try and give our Clubs as much hockey as possible before the deadline to begin the transition to the new South East and London areas for the 2020/21 season.

More news on this transition will follow in the new year.

In the meantime, we urge any clubs with concerns to keep in touch with their Club Reps, or Mark/Lindsay (Men’s League) or Nicola (Ladies League).