COVID-19

Club COVID Officer

All hockey clubs must appoint a COVID Officer. Our COVID Officer is Martin Husbands – his contact email is covid@eveshamandbadseyhockey.club

His responsibility is to oversee the Club’s COVID response, liaise with players, club officials and England Hockey regarding all things COVID. If at any stage you contract COVID or have symptoms you must contact the COVID Officer in the first instance who will liaise with NHS Track & Trace.

England Hockey Player responsibilities - what you need to do

1. Sign the England Hockey Participantion Agreement

Anyone wanting to play or train must sign the England Hockey Participant Agreement – all Senior and Junior players must complete this agreement before playing or training. If you have not completed the agreement you cannot play.  

2. Record your attendance

In case of any infections we have a responsibility to record the names of all players and officials at any hockey related activities.  The register must be kept for 21 days and will be passed to England Hockey.  The collection, storage and destruction of data will be undertaken in line with Data Protection legislation. 

The Club will advise shortly on the exact process. 

3. Preparing to play
  1. Self assess before you come to play or train – and confirm this pitch side
  2. Hygiene – in line with government advice wash hands before and after activity
  3. Hand sanitiser – Ensure you have hand sanitiser in your bag so you can disinfect if you touch kit
  4. Equipment  – Try not touch kit with your hands and if you do then santise ASAP. Use your own equipment – sticks, gumshields and goalkeeping equipment (if required)
Download England Hockey summary for players:
Download England Hockey Full guidance for Clubs and players:

1. All players must sign England Hockey's Participation Agreement

Anyone wanting to play or train must sign an England Hockey Participation Agreement before they play

This includes all Senior and Junior teams, including Badgers, Juniors and Cubs. Parents/Guardians will sign for junior players.   

ANYONE NOT SIGNING WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PLAY

The Participation Agreement only needs to be signed once. In signing the Agreement players agree to: 

Participation Agreement video guide

2. Record your attendance

In case of any infections we have a responsibility to record the names of all players and officials at any hockey related activities.  The register must be kept for 21 days and will be passed to England Hockey.  The collection, storage and destruction of data will be undertaken in line with Data Protection legislation. 

The Club will advise shortly on the exact process. 

3. Preparing to play

1. Self Assessment check

This check should be done before each hockey session and participants should declare they are symptom free (confirmed by a parent for those under age 18) and haven’t been in contact with anyone with suspected or confirmed COVID symptoms within the past 2 weeks.

  • A high temperature (above 37.8 C)
  • A new continuous cough Shortness of breath
  • A sore throat
  • Loss of or change in normal sense of taste or smell
  • Feeling generally unwell
  • Been in close contact with / living with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 in the previous 2 weeks

2. Hygiene 

In line with Government advice wash hands before and after activity

3. Hand sanitiser 

Ensure you have hand sanitiser in your bag so you can disinfect if you touch kit

4. Your own equipment 
  • Try not touch kit with your hands and if you do then santise ASAP
  • Use your own equipment – sticks, gumshields, goalkeeping equipment (if required)

What happens if I'm ill?

  • You should not attend any hockey activity.
  • Participants should contact the Club COVID Officer as soon as they know or suspect that they have COVID symptoms.
  • You should contact NHS Track and Trace if you haven’t already.
  • The COVID Officer will contact other participants to let them know that there is a suspected case of COVID and to monitor their own health. NHS may get in contact with them if they have been in direct contact and need to self-isolate. The Club COVID Officer will also advise the The De Montfort School of the suspected case of COVID.
  • If a match has been played, the Club COVID Officer will contact the COVID Officer from the opposition team, and any match officials, to inform them of a suspected case. NHS may get in contact with them if they have been in direct contact and need to self-isolate. This is reciprocated with other clubs.
  • The COVID Officer will also contact England Hockey through their reporting system.

Access to the pitch and training/match protocols

The following protocols are applicable for all sessions. These are based on a Risk Assessment and take into account the current England Hockey Return to Play Guidance and Government guidelines. These Protocols will be reviewed and adapted as we progress.  

Arrival at The De Montfort School
  1. TDMS: Drive into school and proceed to the pitch gate as per normal.
  2. Maintain social distance on the paths. 
  3. You will be asked if you have displayed or suspect any COVID symptoms and signage will inform you of what you need to consider in respect of your health symptoms.
  4. Your must have registered your attendance – the Club will shortly update on the process to do this
  5. You are required to keep your hands clean with sanitiser on entry to the pitch area
Games/training
  1. On entering the pitch all pre-match/warmup activity is allowed but please maintain social distance.
  2. Training and match play is to be as-normal other than a heightened sense of distance
  3. More detailed guidance is available in the England Hockey Advice to Participants
Mandatory equipment NO TOUCH rule
  1. NO KIT IS TO BE TOUCHED BY ANYONE OTHER THAN THE COACH
    (If kit is touched then sanitiser to be applied immediately)
Hand sanitiser recommendations
  1. Each coach to have a small sanitiser bottle on their possession
  2. Each player to have their own sanitiser as well
First Aid
  1. In the event of adults experiencing an accident or injury the Coach/First Aider will consider the most appropriate response to the incident and act according to the severity
  2. In the event of any first aid issues relating to minors the child will be directed to the First Aider for a decision to be make as to the appropriate response. Parents will be contacted to determine the appropriate course of action if there is time to do so. Parents must ensure that the Club has their up-to-date contact details and to ensure they are available whilst the match or training is ongoing.
Toilets/Hygiene
  1. Toilet access will be limited and in accordance with The De Montfort School policy.
  2. Participants will ensure their hands are washed prior to arrival.
Parents/Spectators
  1. Parents and spectators are asked to stay away from the pitch area, outside the perimeter fencing or within the designated areas within the pitch fencing.  
  2. Parents must register their children if under the age of 16, and spectators will be expected to register themselves through the app.  Parents may be advised to leave the site – to limit the number of parents pitch side.

England Hockey Advice for Coaches & Umpires

Coaches/Session Organisers/Captains

  • Limit groups to a maximum size of 30, including yourself.
  • If you want more then segment into 2 groups and ensure social distancing is maintained between groups.
  • Use your own equipment and clean on completion
  • If you have to use shared equipment, disinfect before use and disinfect or leave for at least 72 hours after use.
  • Insurance – ensure you are suitably insured for the activity you are undertaking, see England Hockey’s Health and Safety advice.
  • First Aid Provision – Ensure suitable provision is available for first aid.

Umpires

Travel and pitch access

Travel 

If at all possible, you should travel on your own or in your bubble or household group and if possible avoid using public transport.

If you need to travel with other people try to:

  • Share the transport with the same people each time.
  • Keep to small groups of people at any one time.
  • Consider seating arrangements to maximise distance between people in the vehicle.
  • Clean your car between journeys 
  • Ask the driver and passengers to wear a face covering.

Access

  • Arrive as close as possible to the time you need to be there.
  • Allow others to leave before you enter the pitch – if you need to wait then do so away from the pitch and clear of the gates. Follow one-way systems where they are in place.
  • Ensure you leave the pitch before the end of your allotted time so that the space is empty for the next players.
  • Arrive changed and ready to play. Shower at home and follow the facility rules on using indoor spaces such as hospitality or toilets.
  • Do not congregate after playing and stay in groups of 6, following social distancing rules, outside of play.
  • Where possible, unless absolutely necessary, avoid touching gates/fences/goals.