Update || Nottingham Hockey Centre indoor hospitality

England Hockey have published the Return to Play guidance for the sport which is outlined below.

Following the announcement that the UK will move to Step 3 of the Government Roadmap from 17 May, England Hockey can confirm that further changes will be permitted to our sport-specific guidance from next Monday. 

As a result of the latest changes, we can announce that from Monday 17 May we will be moving to Step 5 of our Return to Play Roadmap – Step 5; Full competitive match play, leagues and competitions resume. This means that our revised Championships offer will go ahead as planned and league play-offs, where undecided, can be concluded. 

This is largely because travel restrictions are expected to ease further to allow car sharing between people from different household groups. We recommend that best practice is followed in line with the Government Safer Travel guidance

Indoor hockey can also return for adult participants. Indoor sport is exempt from social distancing and gathering limits but, like the outdoor version, only during play. Also, so long as indoor facility capacity restrictions are followed (100 sq. ft per person). This means that standard indoor hockey matches are allowed. 

Changing rooms, although allowed to open, should be avoided or use kept to a minimum where possible. Players are still advised to arrive changed and shower at home. 

Spectators are now permitted in all outdoor and indoor settings regardless of whether the facility is on public or private land. Social distancing rules and social gathering limits for each setting must be followed at all times – discrete groups of 30 outdoors and groups of six or two households indoors. There is an additional measure for indoors, where the total number of people is limited by the indoor facility capacity restrictions (100 sq. ft per person). This number includes all participants, coaches, officials and spectators. 

Hospitality is now allowed to be served indoors as well as outdoors. Social distancing rules and social gathering limits apply to each setting and seated table service remains compulsory in all settings. 

Clubhouses can once again open their doors, adhering to social distancing rules and social gathering limits. These spaces should be managed carefully, taking into consideration capacities, flows and circulation of fresh air. 

There is also good news for Flyerz activity with confirmation that players of all abilities can once again mix and participate in sporting activity together. 

Our FAQs have been updated with more specific details here. We will continue to review and add to these as necessary. 

We ask that everyone keeps following the latest guidance available so that hockey can continue to be played in a safe and responsible environment for all involved. 

We do not anticipate any further changes to the guidance until Step 4 of the Governments roadmap, no earlier than 21 June. 

Next steps of the government roadmap 

The below table outlines the government roadmap as a guide for coming weeks. This is indicative of when we expect guidance may be updated to support further changes, but the dates are not confirmed at this stage. As and when further changes to guidance are required, England Hockey will update and reissue our guidance. 

Latest Return To Play Road Map – May 2021

 If you have any issues or questions regarding the guidance please read our FAQs or contact [email protected].

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 – https://customervoice.microsoft.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=NvkYmuiQxU–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: [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

    • 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 30
        • 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


        • Spectators are permitted.

        Nottingham Hockey Centre

        Clubhouse Entry Policy 

        Entry to the clubhouse is only permitted for the following:

        1. Use of the toilets
        2. Visiting the shop to purchase kit
        3. To order food and drink from the bar and cafeteria

        The clubhouse is still not accessible for the following:

        1. Getting changed before or after games
        2. Team meetings or group gatherings before or after games
        3. Committee meetings
        4. Shelter from adverse weather

        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. 


        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.

        Nottingham Hockey Centre has written a COVID-19 risk assessment and plan for the site which is available to download below.

        Please familiarise yourself with the measures that have been put in place.