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Hailsham Hockey Club Home Venue Info 2020/21

Due to the current Covid pandemic the club doesn’t have access to its normal home venue for training or matches. The club has secured training for its adult sections as the league looks to commence from 26th September. Captains will inform members of training details. Home fixtures for the initial weeks of the season will take place at the University of Sussex Sports Complex. Please can opposition teams check carefully what venue you are due to attend. Details of our temporary home venue can be found below:

University of Sussex, Falmer

Falmer Sports Complex, University of Sussex, Pavilion Road, BN1 9PL | Reception: 01273 877125

Parking

Parking is very limited at the complex, and regulated through the day, 7 days a week. All cars MUST be parked in a designated bay. If there are no available spaces, then users must park in an alternative car park on the Sussex main campus and walk to the pitch. All access signs must be obeyed, as emergency access must be maintained at all times. There are no parking charges at evenings and weekends.

 Arrival / Departure 

– To ensure social distancing is maintained, all users must not arrive more than 10 minutes before the start of their booking. Participants arriving earlier than this MUST remain in their vehicle until 10 minutes before their booking time. 

– Users may congregate in designated areas 10 minutes before their booking, to organise teams and do admin, to ensure maximum use of the pitch booking. Current Government distancing rules MUST be observed while waiting. 

– Designated areas will be indicated, ensuring waiting does not occur near walkways to and from the pitch. 

– After your booking has finished, all participants must leave the pitch immediately, and leave the premises promptly. There should be no congregating after activity on the premises. 

– Travel to and from the venue should follow current Government distancing guidelines. 

– If no car park spaces are available, then the overflow car park on Eastern ring road (at the bottom of the hill to the complex) must be used. Pedestrians should use the LEFT HAND SIDE of the road to walk to the pitches, and the LEFT HAND SIDE to return to the cars, creating a one way system. 

– All car park and access signs MUST be observed. 

Pitch Access 

– Only the designated (main) entrance may be used for each pitch.

– Once accessing the pitch, there will be clearly marked areas for belongings to be left. Ensure that all your groups belongings are kept to one area, to allow other areas to be used by other groups, either before or after your session. 

– You must not enter the pitch until the time of your booking. At the end of your booking, you must exit the pitch as quickly as possible. 

– Use the hand sanitisers before and after using the pitches 

Change Over Time 

– When waiting for your session, you must wait outside of the pitch area, until the time of your session (for example, 7pm, NOT 6.55pm to start for 7). Upon entering the pitch, please call out that it is time, to inform the playing group to finish, and proceed to an EMPTY marked zone for belongings. 

– The playing group must finish immediately, and proceed to their belongings in their designated zone. All belongings should be picked up and players should exit the pitch, before changing footwear/clothes away from the pitch. 

– Ensure all belongs are taken at the end of the session. All rubbish MUST be disposed of in the appropriate bins provided. 

 Toilets/Changing Facilities 

– There will be no changing facilities or showers available. The main building will not be accessible, except to make payments or to get assistance from a staff member eg. Enquiries or first aid) 

– Gender neutral toilets will be open in the building (Labelled team changing rooms), clearly signposted. 

– Water fountains/vending machines are out of action, please ensure you bring your own drinks as needed. 

Hospitality / Teas

Unfortunately we are unable to offer teas and hospitality at this time.

Thank you for taking the time to read this information. Help keep yourself and others safe by following the guidelines.

AGM & AWARDS BBQ CANCELLED

After careful consideration your Vice Chair and Chair have taken the decision that we should not go ahead with the planned AGM, Awards night and Social planned for next week at the Football Club.  We felt on balance that the potential risks in the current climate were too great. If anybody that attended subsequently tested positive for Covid 19 then all who attend and their families are likely to have to self-isolate with the consequences that could have for start of the new school year, work and businesses. On balance the current risks outweighed the benefits of organising a club event.  We have deliberately assessed the situation as close to the proposed date as reasonably possible in order to make an informed decision.

We will look to hold an awards night and social as soon as is practically possible in the new season.

As regards the AGM I am not aware of the need to increase the subs or match fees for the coming season so would propose we continue with the current levels.

Regarding club posts I can advise you we currently have the following vacant posts:

  • Umpire coordinator
  • Junior match/tournament organiser

We invite volunteers for those posts. We also give club members 14 days to propose people for any of the posts we have. Then in order for the club to function in these unprecedented times I am proposing that all those currently in post (that wish to continue) are automatically re-elected unless there are any nominations for posts then we would hold a postal type ballot.

I know you may well be disappointed with the decision to cancel this event but members health and safety must come first.

Alan Brundle (Club Chair)

Hailsham Hockey Club Committee is currently made up from the following positions:

  • The Chair – Alan Brundle
  • Vice Chair- Tony Hayes
  • Club Captain – Nat Hayes and John Bartlett
  • Honorary Secretary- Alison Headey
  • Honorary Treasurer – Geoff Farnes
  • Honorary Press and Publicity Secretary –
  • Honorary Fixture Secretaries – Michelle Page
  • Hockey Development Officer – Sue Cable
  • Welfare Officer – Heidi Attwood
  • Digital Marketing and Communications Officer – Michelle Page
  • Umpires Secretary – VACANT
  • Team Captains – Alex Smith, Sam Headey (men’s 1s)/ John Bartlett (men’s 2s)/ Helen Dudley (ladies 1s)/ Michelle Evers & Karrie Agnew (Ladies 2s)
  • Millers (Junior Hockey) Manager – Sue Cable
  • Disciplinary Officer – Dan Ivemy

2020/21 Pre Season Training

With the details of the 2020/21 season still to be confirmed by England Hockey we are looking to start training utilising the current guidelines. The men’s and ladies squads have a weekly preseason session booked using a pitch in Peacehaven. Sessions start in August. The address of the venue is: Peacehaven Sports Park  –  Piddinghoe Ave, Peacehaven BN10 8RJ

We have put in place a risk assessment for these sessions to ensure they fall within the England Hockey guidelines. You can view this here:

Hailsham Hockey Club Risk Assessment – Peacehaven[1].

If you are not currently a member of the club but would like to find out how you can get involved or you were not a member last season but would like to attend these training sessions please complete the form below. This enables us to comply with track and trace.

 

End of Season Dinner, Awards & Dance

Join us to celebrate the 2019-20 season at our end of season dinner, awards and dance. Cost per ticket is £35. Please complete the form below and arrange payment via your captain or  by direct bank transfer. Please put ‘Dinner Your Name‘ as the reference on bank transfers.

Date: Saturday 4th April 2020

Venue: Crockstead Farm Hotel

Time: 7pm for 7.30pm dinner

Deadline for food choices and payments is midday on Saturday 28th March 2020


Bank transfers should be made to:

Hailsham Hockey Club

Sort Code: 40-23-01

Account Number: 70414069