Local hockey supsended up at least 4th December, England Hockey confirms
Grassroots hockey clubs will be out of action until at least 4th December.
England Hockey confirmed the news this week as a result of the latest national lockdown, which starts Thursday.
Officials hope the sport will return soon following demonstrations in recent weeks that the sport in COVID safe.
A statement for England Hockey read: “At England Hockey we continue to receive overwhelming feedback from participants that the physical and mental health benefits of being able to take part are significant.
“We recognise that the next few weeks will be challenging for those like us that love the game and will miss the opportunity to be out playing, coaching and officiating with friends.
“The government announcement made reference to returning to the Covid Alert Levels after the end of this period of lockdown, and should that be the case we are confident that clubs will be able to resume promptly in line with our previously-issued Return to Play guidance.
“ If it becomes clearer in time that the lockdown will end on 4 December we encourage clubs to consider resuming some activity before Christmas if at all possible.
“To mitigate the risk of changes and with the uncertainty about what Level the club may be in at the end of this period, we recommend that the time until Christmas is used for training and very local matches. The aim of this is to ensure that activities fall in line with any Level-based restrictions that may be in place.”
Communication to local clubs will continue in the coming days as the situation develops.