Junior Hockey Newsletter
I have had a few queries recently about when we might be starting to play hockey again. It’s been really nice to hear from people and I know from what you’ve been telling me, that many are just desperate to get back onto a hockey pitch!
We share your pain, but we have been keeping a close eye on developments, as we are also very keen to get going again – but of course, only when it is safe and permissible to do so.
Unfortunately as with most contact sports, re-opening to full matches is still probably some way off. England Hockey advise us that we are currently at “Step 2”, which means all that is permitted is socially distanced training in small groups. That is not yet sufficient to allow us to resume the excellent informal game sessions that we ran throughout last summer. However, if we get permission to go to step 3 or 4, before the end of the summer, this may yet be possible (a full explanation of what is happening at the various steps can be found on the news section of the club website). Another issue could be facilities, as most schools are not intending to open their pitches until at least September.
So what can we do in the meantime? Well from what you tell me many have been practicing their skills in the garden, so I suggest you check out the “Post lockdown finishing” clip on the Clubs’ Social Media to see what happens when a girl takes aim at the garden shed! If any of you have been practicing hockey in your garden or even sitting room, we’d love to see a photograph or clip (and maybe even post it on the club social media - with your permission). If you’re for us to use it, tag or mention us in your post.
Or maybe less risky, why don’t you come along with your parents to our (gentle) fitness evenings that take place on Hambrook village Green on Mondays and Thursdays from 7.30 pm. Welcoming, fun and completely free!
Finally, each year the club has a glittering end of season awards dinner which this year had to be cancelled. However, club members have been working really hard and are in the process of finalising the “Virtual Awards!” which is due to be broadcast on Saturday 18 July. We hope it will be fun to watch and there will be announcements for the U12 player of the year, U16 player of the year, Badgers player of the year and Vixens player of the year. Details on how to watch will be sent out to all members soon – I hope you can join us!
B&W Vixens using masks - even before it was fashionable.
Andy Bryce - Head Junior Coach