England Hockey will continue to follow both government and Public Health England advice. Timings of any changes to the circumstances for hockey will always be led by government advice during the Covid-19 restrictions. Whilst these are the first steps for returning to play, we would encourage everyone to firstly consider the health of themselves and others.

The updated government advice means it is now possible to undertake the following activity. England Hockey strongly recommends that all involved in any activity follow the guidance beneath.

Outdoor hockey pitches can now be opened as long as the government guidelines are followed.

The following ways to play hockey are now available on outdoor pitches:

– Hockey played by two players (each from different households) under social distancing guidelines.

– One-to-one sessions involving a coach and a player from different households under social distancing guidelines.

–  Hockey played between a household group (where social distancing is not required)

Whether coached or uncoached these sessions must be covered by suitable insurance – participants and coaches should ensure they have suitable arrangements in place before participating.

This means that some one-to-one coaching activity can resume but the participants, coach and the facility must follow the respective government and England Hockey guidance.

We encourage the fantastic ‘hockey at home’ initiatives that we have seen throughout the last two months to continue (examples here)

Please be aware that this guidance may change as the circumstances change. In particular, we are still seeking clarification from government on arrangements for one-to-one coaching of young people given the need for a parent/guardian to be present. There are different interpretations across NGBs on this issue at the moment and therefore we may have to update on this once a decision is made.

Click here to access the full information on the England Hockey Website