HBHUA appeal upheld

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England Hockey can confirm that an independent Appeal Panel has upheld Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Hockey Umpires Association’s (HBHUA) appeal against a finding that it had discriminated against and victimised Vauxhall Hockey Club. The original hearing in May 2016 had found that HBHUA had breached England Hockey’s Equality Policy and HBHUA has successfully appealed that decision.

Sally Munday, England Hockey’s Chief Executive, commented “England Hockey takes any report of discrimination extremely seriously and will investigate it thoroughly. This has been a difficult period for everyone concerned and we will continue to develop the support we give our clubs and associations to ensure that everyone is able to enjoy our sport regardless of their background and whatever their role.”

Peter Halliday, Chairman of HBHUA interim Committee, said: “This has been an extremely damaging 12 months for HBHUA, financially for the Association and personally for individuals, but the Association is now determined to move on, learn the lessons, and endeavour to restore the Association as an effective body for its 500 members and maintain a good relationship with all the clubs for which it may be called upon to provide umpires .