Update || Nottingham Hockey Centre to reopen from Monday 29th March

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

England Hockey – First steps back for summer of fun

Following confirmation that the UK can move to Step 2 of the Governments Roadmap from 12 April, England Hockey can confirm that some small changes will be permitted to our sport specific guidance from next Monday. 

Changing rooms can be used from 12 April, but we advise they are avoided, or their use is minimised as much as possible. 

As expected, outdoor seated hospitality will be allowed, and takeaway services can continue. Organised indoor hockey will be permitted for Juniors (Under 18s). Adults cannot play indoor hockey, except as a single household or support bubble group at this stage. 

One change that comes in immediately is around spectators. Although not encouraged, spectators are permitted on public land (e.g parks but not private sports clubs) and must follow legal gathering limits and social distancing rules. The exemption for disabled athletes and safeguarding of juniors still stands in all other settings. 

Further to our update earlier this week, it has now been confirmed that disabled access to sport is considered an exempt reason for car sharing. Other than this or sharing with members of your household or support bubble, car sharing is still not permitted for sport. 

We recommend everyone keeps following the guidance so that hockey can continue to be played in a safe environment. We are encouraged by the positive comments received from those picking up a stick so far and want everyone to enjoy being back on a pitch safely and responsibly this summer. 

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

We do not expect to see any further changes to the guidance until Step 3 of the Governments Roadmap, from the 17 May. 

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.

Next steps of the government roadmap

The below table outlines the government roadmap as a guide for coming months. 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.

Gov Step 1b
(from 29 March)

Gov Step 2

(no earlier than 12 April)

Gov Step 3
(no earlier than 17 May)
Gov Step 4
(no earlier than 21 June)
Indoor hockey Flyerz permitted Junior (U18) permitted Adult permitted
Changing rooms Should not be used with the exception of use by disabled participants, for safeguarding purposes or for serious injury requiring emergency treatment Changing room use to be reviewed
Spectators Are not permitted with the exception of safeguarding purposes (one parent, guardian or carer per child (under 18) or disabled participant) Spectator permissions to be reviewed
Hospitality May provide takeaway services only Permitted outdoors Permitted indoors
Travel Travel for sport is permitted. Awaiting government travel advice on car sharing
Clubhouse Should remain closed to the public, but toilets permitted to be open from 30 minutes before activity, until 30 minutes after activity Clubhouse use to be reviewed

England Hockey will continue to follow 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 now significant steps forward in terms of returning to play, we would encourage everyone to firstly consider the health of themselves and others as they return to play.

 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

    • Car sharing – Disabled access to sport is considered an exempt reason for car sharing. Other than this or sharing with members of your household or support bubble, car sharing is still not permitted for sport.
    • 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


        • Spectators are not permitted with the exception of safeguarding purposes (one parent, guardian or carer per child (under 18) or disabled participant)

        Nottingham Hockey Centre

        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)
        2. 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. Use of the indoor bar and cafeteria areas (all food and drinks to be ordered from the

          tables outside decking upstairs)

        4. Team meals (all team meals will now be takeaway and will be delivered to the

          dugouts at the end of matches).

        5. Committee meetings

        6. 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.