This page contains important information for all members regarding COVID-19 restrictions and will be updated from time to time. Please check regularly for updates.

Change Log:

19th August, 2020 – Original version
31st August, 2020 – Data Privacy Notice relating to data collected on attendance registers
26th September, 2020 – QR codes installed at facilities and move to Step 5 of EH’s Return to Play plan.


With effect from Saturday, 26th September, Chelmsford HC is at Step 5 of England Hockey’s Return to Play plan.  This means that we can commence outdoor competitive league hockey:

  • Competitive training with a maximum of 30 people allowed in one group but more than one group can use a pitch as long as social distancing can be maintained outside of training.
  • Matches (both 11-a-side and small sided).  Multiple matches can take place at the same venue as long as social distancing can be maintained between groups outside of matches.
  • Before and after the session/match, during team talks and, in any breaks, all participants should continue to practise social distancing.
  • Parents/guardians should ideally be limited to one non-particpant.
  • Any spectators (including parents and carers) must be restricted to discrete six person gathering limits and spread out, in line with wider government guidance.
  • Changing/showering facilities will be unavailable for the time being.  Further guidance will be issued regarding their use and the use of the clubhouse/bar facilities.

Your management committee has been working hard to make our hockey environment as safe as possible for all participants and will continue to review the risk assessment, adjust restrictions and update this guidance as necessary.  However, it is incumbent upon all members to read and fully understand their obligations during this period, as documented below.

We are aware that the vast majority of club members are responsible individuals and conduct themselves in accordance with the safety restrictions.  However, any individuals who may be tempted to breach the conditions of play should be aware of the potential consequences of doing so.  While prosecution may be the result for serious breaches, both England Hockey and Chelmsford HC have disciplinary processes at their disposal.  Any breaches of these conditions may also invalidate the club’s and/or coach’s insurance cover.

Most importantly, please consider the impact of your actions on the safety of your friends, teammates, officials, opponents and family.


Every participant has a responsibility for reducing the risks of COVID-19 and must agree to opt in to participate in hockey activity.  It is our expectation that all individuals recognise the importance of observing restrictions that have been designed to help ensure everybody’s safety, but persistent breaches, on and off the field of play, may be addressed using existing disciplinary frameworks.  It is your responsibility to:

  • Before commencing any hockey activity
    • Ensure you know who the Chelmsford HC COVID-19 Officer is and how to contact them:
      • Contact your COVID-19 Officer immediately if you experience COVID-19 symptoms, test positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed to a suspected or confirmed case.
    • Sign the Participation Agreement and keep a copy of your confirmation email.  This agreement is signed only once and it indicates the individual’s agreement to the terms and conditions and Code of Ethics and Behaviours. Only individuals who have signed this agreement will be permitted to participate in Step 5 hockey activities.  There will be NO exceptions.
    • Abide by the Code of Ethics and Behaviours at all times.
  • Prior to each session/match
    • Complete a Self-Assessment Check prior to any hockey activity.  You should not leave home if you, or someone you live with, has any of the following symptoms:
      • A high temperature (above 37.8 oC),
      • A new, continuous cough, or
      • A loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste.
    • Wear your playing/training kit.
    • Pack hand sanitiser in your kit/stick bag.
  • Upon arrival at your session/match
    • All visitors (players, officials and spectators) should scan the QR Code displayed at the pitch using the NHS COVID-19 App. This is to help trace and stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). There are different codes displayed on each pitch and in the changing block. Please use them if you move between facilities.
    • Show a copy of your Participation Agreement confirmation email to the session/match organiser.  Failure to provide this evidence will mean you cannot participate.
    • Ensure you register your attendance with the session/match organiser for Track and Trace purposes.
    • Use the cleaning products provided to sanitise dugouts and/or spectator seating.
    • Avoid touching or moving equipment i.e. goals.
    • Follow the guidance advice on all posters/notices.
  • Outside of play
    • Socially distance at 2m distancing in maximum sized groups of 6
    • Clean your hands during breaks
  • During play
    • Respect your opposition and umpires
    • Take Penalty Corners and Free-hits around the D promptly
    • Touch the ball with your stick/GK equipment and not your hands
    • Use your own protective equipment or disinfect before use (e.g. facemasks)
    • Socially distance when play stops
    • Avoid shouting excessively and DO NOT spit
    • No handshakes with other players or close contact during goal celebrations
    • Avoid running training exercises that involve overly repetitive close contact between players.
  • After play
    • Clean your kit or leave for 72 hours.
    • If you display any symptoms of COVID-19 after playing hockey, contact our COVID-19 Officer, Wendy Tombs, for further information, including contacting NHS Test & Trace.

England Hockey’s full guidance for Step 5 can be viewed here.


If you have any concerns or are feeling anxious above hockey activity under COVID-19 restrictions, please discuss your concerns with a friend, teammate, captain, coach, our COVID-19 Officer, Wendy Tombs, or James Stock.


As we have moved to Step 5, we are also reverting to our formal pitch-booking system managed by our Fixture Secretary and bookings manager, James Stock.  There are some important points to note:

  • For the time being, pitch bookings may only be made by team captains/coaches/managers, all of whom have received a specific COVID-19 briefing.  This restriction is for the health and safety of everyone but we hope we shall be able to relax this control in the coming weeks.
  • Team captains/coaches/managers may book the pitch by emailing, and accepted bookings will be recorded on the club pitch bookings sheet visible to all members here.
  • Any future bookings from team captains/coaches/managers already entered on the current booking sheet will be transferred to the club pitch bookings sheet over the next 24-36 hours.  Please bear with us while this is done.
  • Any future bookings from other members will be cancelled.


Data Privacy Notice relating to data collected on attendance registers.