Following the Executive announcement last week, Ulster Hockey has been seeking clarity regards the impact of the suspension of contact sport on training. As late as Friday 16th October as the restrictions were due to be imposed, we were still awaiting this clarity in the form of the regulation and guidelines document being issued. In the absence of this document, we regretfully came to the decision that the responsible approach would be to suspend club training.
The required regulation and guidance has now been made available to Ulster Hockey via the NI Sports Forum and we have taken the interpretation that hockey clubs can return to training on a NON CONTACT BASIS. Outdoor non – contact sport is permitted at non – elite level, with a limit of 15 people. All protocols regards training such as contact tracing, social distancing and travel to and from training must be adhered to.
We are aware that a number of facilities operators have closed pitches and there may be a challenge to a significant number of clubs in terms of returning to training. Ulster Hockey is currently engaging with the relevant stakeholders to influence facility operators such as local authorities to reconsider decisions to close pitches.
TRAIN RESPONSIBLY AND STAY SAFE