Training and matches to return in Tiers 1 & 2 from 2 December

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Great news! We can return to training and matches from December 2nd. Click for more...

Following today's Government announcement, England Hockey have confirmed that clubs in tiers 1 & 2 can return to training from December 2nd. However, only clubs in Tier 1 and 2 can play matches at this stage.   

As Sussex is in Tier 2 the Sussex leagues should be able to recommence although we are waiting for official confirmation from Sussex Hockey. The London leagues and South Leagues will also recommence. Kent has been classified tier 3 so we will need to wait to understand how this impacts those leagues which include clubs from Kent. As ever, we will let you know as soon as we hear more. To receive our news updates please register for alerts from our website.


Today's England Hockey announcement is as follows:

"Following confirmation from Government on the new Covid Alert Level Tiers, it is now confirmed that a larger proportion of the country will be affected by tougher restrictions than during the previous tier approach.


England Hockey are continuing to work with Sport England, DCMS and the other team sports for clarity on what travel is permitted between areas to understand to what extent outdoor team sports will be allowed to return.


The good news is that in all Tiers clubs can resume training next week from Wednesday 2 December.


In Tier 1 and 2 training and matches can resume from December 2. Any activity must comply with our Return to Play Step 5 guidance.


The main outstanding issues relate to the new Tier 3 Areas and the rules around those in terms of travel for sport. England Hockey will update as soon as the sport specific guidance for this is agreed.


We intend to hold briefing meetings for clubs in Tier 3 Areas (or clubs bordering Tier 3). If you would like to attend one of these please reply here and we will share arrangements to join the meeting once confirmation is given on the final details of the new Tier 3 rules.


As soon as further guidance is available, clarity provided from key stakeholders and the implications considered, we will issue updated guidance."

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