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Update – Training Under Tier 4 Restrictions

As of 6.00pm on Friday 20th November, Clydesdale & Clydesdale Western Hockey Club will be impacted by the switch to Tier 4 restrictions as imposed by the Scottish Government.

The club wants to make everyone aware of the rule changes and how that will impact training schedules across the club.

The updated restrictions applicable to our training sessions are the same as in Tier 3 with the following amendments:

Both adults and U18s need to adhere to the 2m physically distance rule whilst on the pitch as well as off it. This will effectively mean that all hockey training sessions will require everyone to adhere to the same rule at all times.

Travel is not permitted outside of your council area. This means that if you live outside of the Glasgow City Council area, you should not attend training sessions.

If you need to check whether you are allowed to travel for training, please use the ScotGov Postcode checker which will confirm whether you are inside or outside of Glasgow City Council area.

What training will be available?

Friday Night Junior Hockey – ‘Jockey’

The club has made the decision to cancel ‘Jockey’ on Friday 20th November. This session was to be the last before the winter break. ‘Jockey’ is scheduled to restart on 22nd January 2021, but our ‘Jockey’ Coordinators will review whether it is possible to start a week earlier based on guidance at the time. All information regarding this will be communicated out to ‘Jockey’ attendees.

Under 18 Junior & Senior Performance

Under 18 Junior & Senior Performance sessions are organised by invite only as per the Player Pathway and will continue to run on an amended schedule. If you (or your child(ren)) are part of any of the Performance sessions, please review the messages on the Under 18 Junior & Senior Performance WhatsApp group chats for revised pitch session times.

Men’s & Ladies Performance Team Training

Captains and/or coaches will communicate directly with their squads regarding senior team training. Again, if involved, please review messages on your squads WhatsApp group chats.

Ladies Club Night (Monday’s)/Men’s Club Night (Wednesdays)

Both sections club nights will continue to run and be reviewed on a weekly basis. We would normally finish up around the beginning of December but our coaches are keen to keep the sessions running for as long as the Scottish weather allows.

Adult Only Training (Saturday)

There will be an additional Saturday session for adults only on Saturday afternoon’s from 1.00pm-2.30pm. Spaces will be limited, so if you wish to book a slot, please contact Rachel Brewer for Ladies and Karl Richmond for Men. Spaces will be reserved on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis. Again, our coaches are happy to run these sessions for as long as possible and it will be reviewed on a weekly basis.

If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Brewer or Donald Amour directly.

The club would like to say a massive thank you to all of our coaches who have made it possible to keep as many of our sessions available as possible.

For further information regarding guidelines for hockey training in Tier 4 restrictions, please have a read of our Updated Guidelines.

Hockey Annual General Meeting – Friday 27th November – 7.30pm start

Hi all,

We all know that this has been a very different season. The usual routine has been disrupted. Despite this, the section has made great efforts to adhere to the guidelines and to keep activity going for both junior and senior members. One affect of the disruption was the delay to the Annual Players’ Meeting, which is traditionally held in spring. The meeting’s purpose is to review the year and vote in office bearers, most importantly the two representatives who will represent the section for the club’s Executive Committee but also find other volunteers who will be vital to running a successful club. Due to the constraints of the current guidelines, we are now keen to hold the meeting on Zoom.

The meeting will be on Friday 27th November, 7.30pm start. The meeting details have been sent out to all members.

I will restrict the meeting to an hour maximum. The agenda will be a short “state of the nation” update and then election of office bearers for next year.

If you have any issues you wish to be covered, we will have an ‘Any Other Business’ part of the meeting and I would ask if you could please notify myself or Rachel Brewer in advance.

Many thanks,

Donald Amour

Clydesdale Hockey Club – Chairman

Circuit Breaker – Scottish Hockey Guidelines

Scottish Hockey have announced new guidelines for training on Friday 9th October.

The latest guidelines can be found here. Following Scottish Government’s announcement, senior contact sport is not permitted. As a result, hockey matches for those over the age of 18 are not allowed and the leagues which were due to start on 17th October or 24th October have been delayed.

Those over 18 can, however, train as long as they are observing 2m distancing. Following this advice the club has revised its training schedule for the next two weeks and the schedule can be found here.

We have reduced the number of people on the pitch at any one time to make physical spacing easier and reduce any potential risks. This decision means there will be less sessions available overall until further notice.

Please also note, that for the areas in Scotland which have higher government restrictions, there are specific travel restrictions in place. In these areas you are advised not to travel outside your local health board area. Glasgow Health Board covers Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, Glasgow City and East & West Dunbartonshire.

If you intend to train, please remember the COVID protocols. Do not attend if you have any symptoms, don’t attend if you share a household with someone with symptoms, or is awaiting a test or is self isolating. If you have any doubts, then our advice would be to avoid training.

Kind Regards

Donald Amour

Clydesdale Hockey Club – Chairman

2020-21 Season to begin with Local Conferences

Plans to begin the 2020-21 hockey season in Scotland were announced last Friday, which will see the inception of temporary local conferences for clubs and teams playing in Scottish Hockey leagues.

Since the final weeks of August, many clubs – including Clydesdale & Clydesdale Western – returned to contact training and have since scheduled friendlies with other local clubs. However, with current COVID restrictions still in place, such as travelling, opportunities to play other clubs outside of the club’s district is prohibited until further notice. Which long term means the chances of a new season beginning in its normal format is currently doubtful.

But following consultation with clubs, and updated travel restrictions from the Scottish Government, Scottish Hockey (SHU) have organised competition which can now take place in the form of temporary local conferences. These conferences will involve Clydesdale Men’s 1st XI & 2nd XI and Clydesdale Western Ladies 1st, 2nd & 3rd XI respectively. For the remaining six Clydesdale & Clydesdale Western teams that play in West District leagues – confirmation regarding competition will hopefully be announced in due course.

Clydesdale Men’s 1st XI will be part of Men’s West Conference A alongside four familiar Men’s Premiership opponents from the West District. Clydesdale Western Ladies 1st XI are one of six teams that will be part of Women’s West Conference A. The M2s will be in Men’s West Conference B, whilst the L2s & L3s will be in Women’s West Conference B (see below).

The local conferences will run up till December of this year and will not impact on the normal format of National & Regional leagues. Any results recorded will also have no effect on a club/team’s current regular standing in a league and, with this, there will be no relegation or promotion in the organised conferences or for a club/team’s position in a league. For more information, please visit the SHU’s article on the proposed conferences including views from David Sweetman, Chief Executive Officer of Scottish Hockey.

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