It's that de ja vu feeling again - last week we had the Tier 4 announcement (impacting adult / senior hockey) and now the latest National Lockdown means that all Under 18 hockey is now suspended (and the previous exemption removed). The Club and pitches will remain closed and all sport suspended until further notice.
England Hockey has released a short holding statement below - and we will update this news piece with more details from EH once available. But for us at THC it's pretty simple - no community hockey as we know it anyone (all ages).
We know there will be a lot of disappointed Under 18's (and parents) now the exemption has been removed - if its any consolation with the current snow on the pitches and current weather forecast it was unlikely that there would be any hockey this week. Looking ahead if the Beast from the East returns and a prolonged cold spell hockey would have been severely impacted anyway.
Don't forget we have lots of Bite Size Skills Video's from Lockdown 1.0 to keep younger player (and older ones too!) focused on honing their hockey skills during Lockdown 3.0. Try these THC You Tube - Bite Sized Skills Sessions 1 - 13. Drills can be adapted for indoors and use a tennis or soft / sponge ball - get practicing those quick hands too !
We know this next Lockdown will be challenging for many - but do Keep Safe and help others Stay Safe too. As a #HockeyFamily lets Stay Connected and get through this together ready to bounce back when we can play again. Let us know if you've any ideas to keep hockey spirits up or 'covid / lockdown safe' things we could organise. We'll certainly we moving ahead to plan our Late Spring / Summer tournaments and leagues to give as many ways to play as possible once we're back!
ENGLAND HOCKEY Holding Statement - 22:00 Monday 4th January 2020
In light of new restrictions we’re sad to confirm grassroots and club hockey must be suspended for the foreseeable future.
The only grassroots exception we’re aware of at this stage is Flyerz.
We expect more nuances; we’re reviewing guidance and will communicate more on Tuesday.
We know everyone will be disappointed but with the escalation of infection rates and hospitalisations we are sure everyone will also do their bit to help us get through this critical stage and along with roll out of the Covid vaccination programmes as return to some normality in the Spring/Summer.
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