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COVID-19 Updates

April 2021


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

Outdoor hockey can resume from 29 March:

  • Training can start once organisers ensure all guidance is in place.

  • England Hockey recommends a maximum of 30 people in any one group, but more than one group can use a pitch as long as social distancing can be maintained outside of play and between the groups.

  • Matches (both 11-a-side and small sided) can resume once organisers can ensure all guidance is in place. Multiple matches can take place at the same venue as long as social distancing can be maintained between groups outside of matches.

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  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:

  • 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


  • 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. 


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


  • 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

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Sunday Matches

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Evening training sessions one way system

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Saturday matches one way system

Sunday Morning

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

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