COVID-19: Return to Hockey

Return to hockey – it’s been great to see so many members enjoying their hockey safely this summer.

Everyone involved in the Club – players, coaches, volunteers, officials and spectators – has a responsibility to read and comply with the guidelines.

UPDATE: Return to play from 17 May 2021 – The UK is now in ‘Step 3’ of the Government Roadmap. This allows hockey to move to ‘Step 5’ guidelines set out by England Hockey, allowing full competitive match play, plus resumption of leagues and competitions. Travel restrictions now allow car sharing between people from different household groups. It is recommended that best practice is followed in line with the Government – Safe Travel Guidance. Spectators are now permitted in all outdoor and indoor settings regardless of whether the facility is on public or private land. Social distancing rules and social gathering limits for each setting must be followed at all times – discrete groups of 30 outdoors and groups of six or two households indoors. The latest England Hockey FAQs can be found here.

Most importantly, in order to play hockey, all participants MUST complete the online England Hockey Participant Agreement (see below). By doing so, you agree to follow the England Hockey Terms and Conditions and Code of Ethics and Behaviour:

England Hockey Participant Agreement – please complete online (opens in new tab)

Below you will find details of our Covid Officer, procedure when visiting our pitch (Old Schools Lane), our current facemask policy, our photography policy and a summary of England Hockey’s ‘step 4’ guidance including a video.

Covid Officer

Our appointed Covid Officer is Emma Dale.
If you show symptoms of COVID-19 DO NOT attend training or a game. Firstly phone NHS Track and Trace and let our Covid Officer know immediately (

Visiting Old Schools Lane 

In addition, every time you visit Old Schools Lane to train, play, coach, officiate OR spectate you MUST check-in on arrival (see pic). Epsom HC PlaySafe Check-in Posters at Old Schools Lane

Check-in can be done via the teamo PlaySafe posters. Scan the QR code with your smartphone camera/ QR reader app or check-in via this link.

It takes less than a minute and means we are each doing our self-assessment (part of our Participant Agreement). As a result, in the event of a COVID-19 case being reported, the Club can contact everyone we need to.

Anyone can access PlaySafe (they don’t need to have the teamo app). Check-in applies to visiting players, officials and spectators as well as those from Epsom HC.

Epsom HC Facemask Policy

In light of recent advice from England Hockey, Epsom Hockey Club has revised its policy for hockey facemasks for all participants. This policy was ratified at the General Committee meeting [November 2019] and will be reviewed every July or as England Hockey provide guidance. Click through to read the policy: Epsom Hockey Club Face Mask Policy – 2020-21

Epsom HC Photography Policy

Epsom Hockey Club adopts England Hockey’s policy for the taking and use of photographic and recorded images of young people. Please note that our membership form includes a permission section for photography so that all our members are covered.

If you wish to take photographs or record video, please read our policy and get in touch with Emma Dale, our Welfare Officer (details on policy): Epsom Hockey Club Photography Policy – Final

England Hockey ‘Step 4’ Guidance

Epsom HC completed a risk assessment in order to comply and implement ‘Step 4’ of England Hockey’s Return to Hockey road map (17 August 2020).

We all have a responsibility to comply to the guidelines to play competitive hockey safely during the current pandemic.

To sum up, below you will find links to England Hockey’s guidelines and a short video about returning to hockey safely (all open in a new tab).