COVID-19 Updates

We ask that members, parents, coaches and visitors familiarise themselves with the plans below prior to arriving at Magnus

England Hockey Update - 1st November 2020

England Hockey are disappointed to have to confirm that the national lockdown announced on Saturday will mean no club or community hockey from 5 November until after 4 December at the earliest. 

 

The latest government announcement orders all sports facilities to close and therefore club and other community hockey activity is suspended until the game is in a position to resume.

 

Over the last few months all those involved in delivering hockey safely have helped to prove that the sport is extremely low risk in terms of the transmission of Covid and this gives us confidence that we can be back soon. We are very grateful to all the Covid officers, volunteers, players, coaches and officials that went the extra mile to provide a safe place for hockey to be played. 

 

At England Hockey we continue to receive overwhelming feedback from participants that the physical and mental health benefits of being able to take part are significant. We recognise that the next few weeks will be challenging for those like us that love the game and will miss the opportunity to be out playing, coaching and officiating with friends.

 

The government announcement made reference to returning to the Covid Alert Levels after the end of this period of lockdown, and should that be the case we are confident that clubs will be able to resume promptly in line with our previously-issued Return to Play guidance. If it becomes clearer in time that the lockdown will end on 4 December we encourage clubs to consider resuming some activity before Christmas if at all possible. To mitigate the risk of changes and with the uncertainty about what Level the club may be in at the end of this period, we recommend that the time until Christmas is used for training and very local matches. The aim of this is to ensure that activities fall in line with any Level-based restrictions that may be in place.  

 

It will take time to determine the best approach to reorganising activity and we ask that players and clubs respect the need for organisers to consider the next steps properly in light of the timing and extent of the upcoming break.

 

England Hockey will communicate with all clubs, England Hockey League teams and EH Championships entrants as well as Player Pathway organisers in the coming days.

Tier 3 Guidance  - 30th October 2020

On Wednesday evening a group of representatives from hockey clubs and the league across Nottinghamshire met online with Richard Beer, from England Hockey development team to discuss the restrictions to playing hockey now that Nottinghamshire in its entirety will be entering tier 3 on Friday 30th October.

 

The main points from the meeting are as follows: 

 

Any clubs within the Tier 3 area should play planned fixtures with other Nottinghamshire teams, if there are no fixtures within Nottinghamshire friendlies should be arranged.

 

Players should not car share unless there are no other alternatives.

 

Under 18s (based on date of birth, not age group playing for) can play hockey and train in ANY tier despite their household tier. Any parents driving their children to hockey from a lower tier area are advised to remain in their cars.

 

ONLY paid coaches or those who coach under 18s specific teams can travel into tier 3 areas to coach. This unfortunately does not apply to adult teams with under 18s in them. 

 

Fixtures can be pulled forward but only for the first half of the season, this will be updated after a league meeting on 26th November. NO fixtures should be played for the second half of the season.

 

Tier 3 areas are specific for each area therefore no team in a Nottinghamshire tier 3 should play or travel into a different tier 3 area.

 

As much hockey that can be played should be played, this involves arranging friendlies if league games can not be played.

 

People living outside the tier 3 area SHOULD NOT travel into a tier 3 area for hockey, understandably this will be upsetting for some players, if you wish to discuss please contact our chairman Arran Coggan (chairperson@newarkhockeyclub.com) or Shanade Bradley (development@newarkhockeyclub.com).

 

Spectators can only attend matches/training if they do not mix with people from outside their household or support bubble. The travel guidance above also applies to spectators.

 

We are looking at how many players live outside of Nottinghamshire and believe we could arrange some friendlies,  further information to follow. 

 

Finally we will be unable to postpone games unless we have specific circumstances, for example multiple players isolating, therefore if you live in Nottinghamshire but currently do not wish to travel around Nottinghamshire to play please let your club captain know. 

 

It is a difficult time for us all but at least hockey can continue. We will keep you updated as quickly as we can. Any questions please get in touch using the emails above.

Preparation for Participants

  • Participation Agreement – All those engaging within hockey activity must sign an England Hockey Participation Agreement once where they agree to the terms and conditions and Code of Ethics and Behaviours. They can sign up at http://www.englandhockey.co.uk/covid19  This must be completed at least 24 hours in advance of your first attendance at hockey-related activity, and your name will be checked by an individual with access to the system. If you have not done this, you will not be allowed to take part, no exceptions. 

  • Self-Assessment Check – This check should be done before each hockey session and participants should declare they are symptom free (confirmed by a parent for those under age 18) and haven’t been in contact with anyone with suspected or confirmed Covid symptoms within the past 2 weeks. If you become sick with Covid-19 symptoms, test positive for Covid-19 or have been exposed to a suspected or confirmed case: 

  • Contact Shanade Bradley immediately at: newarkhockey.development@gmail.com

  • Contact NHS Track and Trace 

The following symptoms are highly suspicious of COVID-19 infection:

  • A high temperature (above 37.8 C)

  • A new continuous cough

  • Shortness of breath

  • A sore throat

  • Loss of or change in normal sense of taste or smell

  • Feeling generally unwell

In addition:

  • Been in close contact with / living with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 in the previous 2 weeks.

  • Hygiene – in line with government advice wash hands before and after activity and regularly use hand sanitiser. We strongly recommend every individual carries their own hand sanitiser.

  • Equipment – use your own equipment – sticks, gum-shield, facemasks, goalkeeping equipment and ensure water bottles are full on arrival.

 

Access to the facilities

  • Travel – If possible, you should travel on your own or in your bubble or household group.

  • Avoid using public transport unless necessary to do so.

  • You should try not to share a vehicle with those outside your household or social bubble. If you need to do this, try to:

  • Share the transport with the same people each time

    • keep to small groups of people at any one time

    • open windows for ventilation

    • travel side by side or behind other people, rather than facing them

    • consider seating arrangements to maximise distance between people

    • clean your car between journeys using standard cleaning products

    • ask the driver and passengers to wear a face covering

    • Arrive no more than 30 minutes before scheduled activity

  • Check in with your organiser for Track and Trace purposes on every occasion:

Pitch Entry/Exit at Magnus School

  • For Tuesday and Wednesday night training, the entrance will be at the gate nearest the bike shed

  • For Saturday games and Sunday training the entrance is the gate to the left of the leisure centre entrance door.

  • Wait for all participants to exit before entering the pitch

  • On the astro turf fence, there are clearly marked entry/exit gates

  • If you need to wait then do so away from the pitch and clear of the gates.

  • Ensure you leave the pitch before the end of your allotted time so that the space is empty for the next players

  • Arrive changed and ready to play

  • Shower at home and follow the facility rules on using indoor spaces such as hospitality or toilets

  • Do not congregate after playing and stay in groups of 6 socially distanced outside of play

  • Where possible avoid touching gates and fences unless absolutely necessary.

Playing Hockey

Outside of playing:

  • Socially distance at 2 metres in maximum sized groups of 6

  • Clean your hands during breaks

  • Follow the facility rules when accessing indoor spaces

  • If you are sharing short corner face masks, clean with antibacterial wipes before each use

During play:

  • Take Penalty Corners and free hits around the D promptly

  • Socially distance when play stops

  • Avoid shouting excessively or spitting

  • No handshakes with other players or close contact during goal celebrations

Spectators:

  • No spectators are allowed onto the Astro turf.

  • Parents/guardians should ideally be limited to one non-participant with strict social distancing between spectators.

  • Supporters, parents and other spectators to remain socially distanced whilst attending events

  • Must be restricted to a 6-person limit and socially distanced at 2 metres

Changing rooms:

The changing rooms will remain closed. All players are expected to arrive on site in their playing / training kit. Changing facilities are not available anywhere in the leisure centre. 

Goals:

Only coaches, managers and captains will be allowed to move goals, they must sanitise their hands before and after. This will eliminate the need for sanitising the goals

Training:

  • Everyone must adhere to the one-way system.

  • You must sanitise your hands and sign in at the table next to the entrance of the pitch

  • Balls, cones and goals, must only be touched by designated coaches, managers or captains. 

  • If you have to use shared equipment disinfect before and after use or leave for 72 hours after use.

  • Avoid taking gum-shields out regularly

  • First Aid Provision – If a player gets injured, a member of their household or support bubble, can aid them, if this is not possible the designated team first aider will aid them. Others will still need to socially distance unless life threatening, or serious injury necessitates compromising guidelines to provide emergency care. Provided first-aid kits must be kept to the highest of cleanliness and hygiene standards.

  • For Sunday training please ‘sign in’ at the registration desks as usual.

One-way maps for matches and training

Sunday morning junior training one way system

Sunday Matches

Evening training sessions one way system

Saturday matches one way system

Flow Chart for Managing Confirmed or Suspected Covid Cases - England Hockey

Opposition Club Guidance

Before playing away matches, please familiarise yourself with the club COVID-19 guidance

Stage 5 Play - England Hockey latest guidance 

"Firstly, and crucially, outdoor organised team sport continues to be seen as a low-risk activity for the transmission of Covid-19. The weight of evidence across sports - allied to the excellent work clubs have done establishing safer environments - demonstrates the confidence government has. From an England Hockey perspective, the visibility that clubs have given of reported cases and exploring the reasons behind them also demonstrates the low level of risk. We cannot link any cases to transmission on the field of play, and where transport has been shared and safer travel guidance followed there is also a low level of risk of transmission. The only examples of transmission or where larger groups of players have been required to self-isolate is where social distancing rules have not been maintained outside of play."

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