With a season cut short because of COVID-19 and our Summer League plans cancelled, our members have been itching to get back together since lockdown began. We're pleased to say that we have now carefully and cautiously begun our pre-season training.
Our Monday night fitness sessions take place outside our clubhouse in Hambrook where our coaches put small groups of members through a series of circuits, sprints and other activities around Whiteshill Common. The sessions are designed with social distancing in mind and have proved popular with members from across the men's, women's and junior sections. It's the perfect opportunity to get to know some new members and reconnect with your team-mates after the long break from hockey.
If you want to get involved in the Monday fitness sessions they run outside the Hambrook Club from 7.30pm. Please try and let us know you're coming along by completing the regular polls on our Facebook Group, here.
Last month also saw some members returning to the pitch for the first time as we began on-pitch training for the men's and women's 1st-3rd teams at Yate Outdoor Sports Complex. The sessions are non-contact and limited by numbers at this stage to adhere to social distancing regulations. We are running the sessions on Wednesday nights with the men's and women's squads alternating weekly.
Of course safety is of primary importance, so these are cautious first steps but we will inform all of our members when restrictions are eased and our usual training locations begin to open.
Further guidance has been released from England Hockey as of the end of last week, so we are now reviewing this and hope to be able to update all members very shortly as to when training / matches are likely to return.
If you are looking to get back into hockey and join a new club, this is a great time to get in touch and start to meet your new teammates. Following promotion seasons for our men's 1st and 2nd teams it's an exciting time to join Bristol & West Hockey Club. Fill in the contact form and we'll get back to you.