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Club9 Aug 2020

Starting the season

Jared Phayer (2018-2022)

Club Chair

I'm pleased to report that England Hockey has announced that we are moving to stage 4. This means that we are now able to play competitive hockey within the club and move towards more of a 'normal' preseason than expected.

Before sharing the current plans for the next few weeks I'd like to start by thanking everyone that has helped out over the summer; it is incredible the amount of time and effort that has been given, including but not limited to: preparing online socials, helping with recruitment campaigns, attending external AGM's on behalf of the club, searching for a new M1s coach, as well as giving the pitches a 'makeover' ready for the season.

Club day

With less than 4 weeks to go, club day is set to start at 11:30am on Saturday the 5 September, at Whitefield School. We hope everyone can make it, we will be playing our usual 6-aside round-robin games with mixed teams.

Training

Men's and Ladies' 1s preseason training

Training is due to start this week Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Please get in touch with Alex (mens-ones@whhc.uk) or Emily (ladies@whhc.uk) to find out more.

Unfortunately this year the Ladies' 1s are unable to invite the rest of the Ladies' section to preseason training due to the current COVID-19 situation.

We are looking to organise club events to all members please see below.

Season training

Regular training for all teams will start the week commencing 7 September. Training nights have changed slightly to provide adequate pitch space for each session.

  • Monday: Ladies' 3s-6s

  • Tuesday: Ladies' 1s-2s, Men' s 3s-7s

  • Wednesday: Men's 1s-2s

There is still a small chance that one of the nights might change, as we secure coaches, but we will work with the captains involved before making any changes.

Summer events

This week we will review England Hockey's guidance and work with the CLTC and Whitefield School with the aim to start weekly sessions for all members from Tuesday 18 August. As soon as we have the 'go-ahead' we will share via the newsletter and captains.

Games

League fixtures have been released for 8 out of our 13 teams. It is currently anticipated that the leagues will start on 26 September.

Jamie is working hard to pencil in preseason fixtures for 12 and 19 September with local clubs as well as a handful of internal games.

As soon as the Middlesex Women's League releases their fixtures, times will be allocated and shared.  

Facilities

Using the pitches

In conjunction with the school, we are requesting all members and visitors to complete our 'track and trace' form, for each session they attend. Instructions will be clearly shown at the pitches; along with cleaning and sanitising facilities provided.

We will continue to work with the school regularly updating our risk assessment as the situation progress; we will keep captains and coaches updated with any changes.

Currently, there is no access to water fountains or changing facilities at the school; members are requested to arrive ready to participate and bring plenty of water. Toilet facilities remain open.

Use of the CLTC and HCC facilities

The CLTC COVID working party has done a great job over the summer proactively managing the risks, whilst working hard for each section to return to play, as well as looking after club staff.

I'm pleased to announce that this weekend the clubhouses have opened to all members. Please be aware that there is a one way system and a limit to small groups for the time being.

At this point we are unsure how we can best use the clubhouse, after games, but will start planning with the CLTC ready for the season.

Promotions

This week the Middlesex Women's League shared the proposed league structure for the current season. On behalf of the club I'd like to congratulate the Ladies' 4s on their promotion to Division One and the Ladies' 5s on their promotion to Division Two.

I'm also pleased to announce that the Ladies' 6s have now been entered into the Middlesex Women's League and will compete in Division Three.

Further Updates

We aim to return to weekly newsletters, as we expect more updates to follow. Please also keep an eye out on social media (links in the footer). We will also provide an update regarding membership fees, as we are currently reviewing them in line with the current situation and update from England Hockey.

Feel free to send any questions or suggestions to our club officers Ruth and Xander (club-officers@whhc.uk) so that they can share them with the committee.

If anyone in your team doesn't receive the newsletter please encourage them to sign up at https://newsletter.whhc.uk.

I look forward to seeing everyone down at the pitches in the next few weeks!