I hope everyone in the Ulster Hockey family, friends and loved ones are well. We are living in strange and challenging times and the impact of the current situation may be fairly significant for some of our clubs and members of the Ulster Hockey family.
To protect the well being of the Ulster Hockey staff, the office has been closed since 20th March. However, the Ulster Hockey team has still been working hard on your behalf putting plans in place for the future and considering how we can continue to develop and grow the sport both during and after this period of lock down.
I hope you have enjoyed some of the social media debate around the greatest ever John Minnis Burney Cup team, greatest ever Belfast Telegraph Schoolgirls team and have managed to catch the Q&A session with David Ames recently posted. Watch out for further content and debate and please join in!
To further engage and assist the Ulster Hockey family, all club secretaries should have received an email from me inviting you to join the conversation. A series of Zoom calls are scheduled over the week commencing 13th April. If your club has not received an email please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
The purpose for the conversations are to discuss:
- The immediate impact of the current shut-down on your club. This will allow us to continue to advocate the Department for Communities via Sport NI and the NI Sports Forum to secure financial and resource assistance to clubs to ensure your future;
- To provide and update on the current work of Ulster Hockey; and
- To discuss your club’s needs for ongoing development and to identify ways in which we can continue to engage in a meaningful way and provide advice and guidance to clubs.
The following Ulster Hockey staff will be involved in the conversation:
To ensure we limit the members of any meeting to a manageable size, clubs are limited to one representative in the meeting. If further engagement with your club is required this can be scheduled for a future date.
The Ulster Hockey staff and I look forward to meeting with our club representatives next week and would like to assure all of our members that we are committed to the ongoing development of the sport and protection of our clubs during this testing time and are taking this opportunity to look at innovative ways of continuing to grow and prosper.
In the meantime – STAY SAFE, STAY ACTIVE and STAY AT HOME!