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 ––asEa8eSc6g-NqKCAUipGoe_luyiEaiZUMlE4NUVKRDZENzJGNUtNVEE5NVlXME9ETC4u
  • 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 be not 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 Simon Hujwan immediately at: junior.[email protected]
  • 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
    • 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 facility

        • 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:
          • At Nottingham Hockey Centre text your name (one individual per household) to 07481 345664
          • For away fixtures text your name and venue to 07520 648907

        Pitch Entry/Exit at Nottingham Hockey Centre

        • On the water-based pitch the entrance will be at the gate nearest the clubhouse, the exit will be the gate nearest to the dugout you use.
        • On the sand-based, wait for all participants to exit before entering
        • On the cage, there are clearly market 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
        • 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


        • 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

        Nottingham Hockey Centre

        Clubhouse Entry Policy 

        In order to reduce people congregating inside the clubhouse before and after bookings we have introduced a new Clubhouse Entry Policy.

        Entry to the clubhouse is only permitted for the following:

        1. Use of the toilets (changing not permitted with the exception of Nottingham High School sessions and England Hockey Premier Division away teams and umpires only)
        2. Visiting the bar to purchase refreshments (to eat or drink when seated) or pay for a pitch booking. One household per table only.
        3. Visiting the shop to purchase kit

        The clubhouse is no longer accessible for the following:

        1. Getting changed before or after games
        2. Team meetings or group gatherings before or after games
        3. Team meals (all team meals will now be takeaway and will be delivered to the dugouts at the end of matches).
        4. Committee meetings
        5. Shelter from adverse weather– unless refreshments have been purchased

        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 clubhouse including the toilets. 

        For EH Premier Division Fixtures only, we will be allocating four changing rooms away teams. The umpires can use ‘Umpires and Officials changing room 1 & 2’ so they will have one room per individual. These changing rooms will only be available after the games and only 4 people are allowed within each changing room.


        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.


        Water-Based Pitch

        • The middle dugout will be closed to everyone except match officials
        • For training and fixtures you are allowed a maximum of 3 designated people per dugout
        • All kit (other than for the 3 individuals using the dugout) will now have to be placed outside the dugouts and distanced, either down the side of the pitch, or in the designated player zone behind the dugouts.

        Sand-Based Pitch

        • 3 designated individuals per dugout
        • All kit (other than for the 3 individuals using the dugout) will be distanced down the side of the pitch
        • Subs will use seats placed down the side of the pitch

        Beeston Training:

        • We have introduced a specific equipment cupboard for every training bubble within the club, this will ensure equipment is not shared between bubbles, or there will be a minimum of a 72 hours gap between shared use
        • Balls, cones and goals, must only be touched by designated coaches, managers or captains. 
        • For the foreseeable future the club will not be providing bibs, therefore we are asking every player to bring a white and black shirt to each session, and change as appropriate. We do not want under 18s changing on the side of the pitch, therefore all juniors to turn up in their black playing shirt, and if I they need to change to white, they will have to put the shirt on directly over their black shirt.
          • If you need to refill your water bottle, use outside taps by the dugouts, and sanitise hands before and after touching the taps.
          • 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. 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.