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Hi Hockey Family,
During this unsettled time we wanted to do something extra special to support our community, so we have teamed up with some brilliant Hockey experts to bring you a Free ‘Hockey at Home’ Masterclass Series that you and your family can enjoy from the comfort of your own space.
Every week, starting Monday 6th March, we are going to bring you practical advice for coaches and aspiring coaches, skills training for players, specialist mastery for Goalkeepers and no nonsense strength and conditioning for improving your hockey fitness.
You don’t need to do anything, we will deliver the masterclasses to your inbox on the day.
Mondays – Coaching the coaches, with Steph Brennan: Steph Brennan, Performance Centre Lead Coach, Hockey for Heroes Men’s Coach, Club Coach with Bromley and Beckenham HC, GB Advanced Coach programme graduate, Sport & Exercise Science graduate and self confessed coaching, pedagogy and sport psychology geek. Alongside Steph’s day job of a PE Teacher and Head of Hockey. Steph has been guided over 10 years through one of the biggest changes in coaching and has been influenced by some excellent minds in the industry. Steph’s aim is to bring relevant and relatable chunks of practical advice for coaches and aspiring coaches through this period, which can be applied to not only coaching, but all aspects of life.
Wednesdays – Skills session with Callum Giles: Double Olympian, Callum Giles – owner and Director of Stickwise Hockey camps. Stickwise provides high quality and fun hockey camps for players of all ages and abilities. Having coached and played in Holland, South Africa and Australia during his long career, winning 2 premier league titles with Havant, among many other championships along the way. Callum represented England & Great Britain at the Atlanta and Sydney Olympic games & was the country’s top goal scorer for just over 14 years. Callum will be providing skills videos and sessions for you and the children to do from your home.
Fridays – Goal keeper mastery, with Tom Millington: Tom Millington, Co-Founder and Director of Fortitude Hockey who provide expert goalkeeper coaching across the UK and Belgium. Tom has been coaching for a number of years with GB Hockey and England Hockey as goalkeeper coach across all ages groups, EDP & Senior programmes. Tom’s playing career spanned 18 years at ISCA HC, University of Exeter, Loughborough University (Prem) (Indoor Champions), Wimbledon HC (Premier League Champions) and Old Georgians as well as representing England and Great Britain in all age groups with two senior indoor caps. Tom & Fortitude will be providing Goal Keeper specialist videos to keep the mind and body occupied during this period.
Saturdays – Hockey fitness, with Adam Jordan: Adam Jordan – Owner of ‘7R – The Training Club‘ in South London. Adam is a current serving British Army Reservist. Having successfully captained Oxford University, The British Army, United Kingdom Armed Forces, Infantry Hockey, played for East Grinstead and Holcombe 1st XI for 4 years, inclusive of national Indoor titles and competing in the Euro Hockey League. Adam also managed to squeeze in a few caps playing for England during his Hockey career as well. Adam explains how as an ex EHL and National League player his game relied heavily on speed and fitness. Adam’s day job is leading the space at 7R where they pride themselves in delivering no nonsense strength and conditioning and Adam will be offering advice for how you can improve your fitness specifically for the hockey field, even during lockdown.
If you know anybody that would benefit from receiving these Masterclasses please share this email and direct them to our private Facebook group where they can find further details >>> CLICK HERE TO JOIN NOW. Everyone is welcome.
Stay safe, and best wishes.
Hockey for Heroes.
England Hockey has today taken the decision to suspend all hockey activity until 30 June 2020.
Currently hockey activity is suspended until April 15 but, with the continuing social restrictions caused by Covid-19, this extension is pragmatic in the circumstances and provides clarity for our clubs, players, officials and volunteers. We have asked that this national position is replicated at a local level by counties, leagues and independent hockey providers.
It is hugely disappointing to curtail hockey activity in this way and there will be many league and cup competitions which will not now reach their natural conclusion. The implications of the decision affect different areas of England Hockey activity in different ways, details of which can be found below.
Finally, the health and wellbeing of those in the hockey community is our overriding concern so please follow the government guidance and stay safe. Please search #StayInWorkOut on social media for tips on how to stay active indoors.
We are continuing to offer support to our clubs in this difficult period and our local Relationship Managers are available as normal to support in any way they can. A list of our Relationship Managers and their contact details can be found here. We are also in contact with Sport England to best access the support they are putting in place for clubs, and will communicate more in the coming days.
England Hockey Leagues
Following the suspension of hockey activity until the end of June, given the time it would take to complete the league and prepare nationally and locally for the 2020-21 season – which naturally we hope will be able to run as normal – there is now insufficient time to complete the 2019-20 season.
Remaining games in the Men’s and Investec Women’s Hockey Leagues 2019-20 seasons will not be played. The last round of fixtures in Divisions One North and South and the Conferences scheduled for 21-22 March and three unplayed games from 14-15 March will not take place.
The Premier Division regular season fixtures were completed. However, the League Finals between the top four teams in the Premier Division to determine the league champions and EuroHockey placings cannot be concluded in their prescribed format, nor can the Play Offs to determine promotion and relegation between the Premier Division and Division One North and South.
England Hockey understands there are significant implications to ending the season at this point and is mindful that the integrity of the League is important. We have begun a thorough process to deliver a fair and balanced outcome for teams. A recommendation will be made to the England Hockey Board in April and communicated to clubs thereafter.
National Club Championships
The current status of England Hockey’s National Club Championships is as follows:
• England Hockey Club Championships – Adult (Men’s and Women’s), Masters, U18 knock-out competitions: These Championships are mainly at the semi-final stage or finalists are known. There are a small number of outstanding quarter-final ties.
• England Hockey Mixed Championships – Tier 1 and Tier 2: These Championships are at the last sixteen stage.
• England Hockey U16 Tier 1 Championships: The eight girls and boys teams qualifying for the final stages of these Championships are known.
As there is no knock-on effect associated with the completion of Cup competitions, England Hockey is exploring whether it is feasible to schedule the final stages of each of the above Championships ahead of the new League season if hockey activity was resumed by this time, and will communicate with participating teams.
In the following Championships, qualifiers for final stages are not yet known or the competition has not yet started. We have made the decision that the following competitions are now cancelled:
• Regional Masters Tournaments
• Men’s County Championships
• Masters Summer Championships
• Back to Hockey Festivals
• U16 Tier 2 Championships
• U14 Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3 Championships
• U12, U10 In2Hockey Championships
National Schools Championships
The following Championships have yet to be concluded and are now cancelled:
• Notts Sport Boys U18 Tier 2, Tier 3 and Tier 4 Championships
• Notts Sport Boys U16 Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 Championships
• Notts Sport Boys U14 Tier 1 and Tier 2 Championships.
• Boys & Girls U13, U12, U11 In2Hockey Championships
The Notts Sport Boys and Investec Girls U18 Tier 1 Championships final matches were due to be played on 19 March. Consultation will take place with the four participating schools to ascertain if these matches could be played when hockey activity is allowed to resume.
Player Pathway activity
No hockey activity will take place across England National Age Group and Player Pathway programmes including Performance Centres, Academy Centres and Development Centres. We are currently working through the implications of this decision on activity scheduled for later in the season and we will communicate more information as soon as possible.
Coach Development delivery will continue to take place online during this period, with a wide range of opportunities available for coaches. Follow @coachandinspire on Twitter for news, as well as hockeyhub.englandhockey.co.uk/coaching-offer
England Hockey will not be running umpiring courses during this period, but we would encourage clubs to begin thinking about how you may want to schedule courses when hockey restarts, as we will be expecting higher than normal demand at that time. We could also suggest that people check in on the free online rules test, the umpiring discussion forum, and the online introductory umpiring training available as part of the In2Hockey modules. More at hockeyhub.englandhockey.co.uk/officiating
Hockey Development Programmes
All hockey development programmes are suspended until further notice. England Hockey is in touch with clubs as appropriate where programmes are underway.
All England Masters teams activity will be suspended until 30 June. Late last week, World Masters Hockey took the decision to postpone this summer’s O35s and O40s Masters World Cup in Nottingham by a year until 2021.