From Carl Smith and Ollie Lumley
Leeds Hockey Club are disappointed to have to confirm that the national lockdown announced on Saturday will mean no club or community hockey can take place from 5 November until after 4 December at the earliest.
The latest government announcement orders all sports facilities (Sports Park Weetwood) to close and therefore all community hockey activity is suspended until the game is able to resume.
This will mean that this Tuesday and Wednesdays junior training sessions will be the last sessions of 2020 with the girls U14 and U16 sessions Thursday unfortunately having to be cancelled.
We are very grateful to all the COVID officers, volunteers, players, coaches and officials that went the extra mile to provide a safe place for hockey to be played while we could. We will also strive to do the same upon return in 2021.
The government announcement made reference to returning to the COVID Tier System after the end of this period of lockdown. Should this be the case we are confident that we will be able to resume hockey – Even if just within West Yorkshire.
While England Hockey is encouraging clubs to make the most of time before Christmas, LHC have taken the action to suspend all Junior Hockey until 2021.
We are not in a position to be able to confirm whether the facility will be open, nor whether we would be able to utilise the pitches. With 75% of our coaches being students, the wider consideration must be given to the issues and challenges that they face to ensure that they can safely return home for Christmas.
We had originally made W/C 7th December the last week for all junior hockey – this will no longer be the case.
If you would like to read any further statements from England Hockey then please do so here.
We look forward to seeing you all in the new year – Please be safe, take care, and look after each other,
Carl and Ollie,