Investec Girls' Schools Championships postponed

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England Hockey has taken the decision to postpone the finals of the Investec Girls Schools Championships due to be held at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre from 27 February – 1 March 2018. 

This decision has been taken in conjunction with the venue and covers all three competitions – U14s on 27 February and U16s & U18s on 28 February & 1 March.

The decision was taken after an inspection of the pitches at the venue on the morning of Monday 26 February, an assessment of the fitness of the pitches over the preceding weekend and the weather forecast for the week ahead using data from the Met Office website.

Both pitches were inspected this morning between 1000-1030. Both had large areas that were frozen and at that time were not fit for play. In addition they had a light covering of snow. On Sunday 25 February the main pitch at the venue was not fit until 1300 and frost was forming again from 1700.

Currently the temperature at the venue is 1⁰. The temperature is not forecast to rise above 2⁰ today and to drop as low as -3⁰ overnight. Tomorrow, Tuesday, it is not forecast to rise above freezing point until 1400. On Wednesday and Thursday the temperature is not forecast to rise above freezing point at any time. On all three days there is also a yellow warning of snow.

Taking into account all of the above factors it is clear that there is a high risk of the pitches not being fit for a significant part of the scheduled timeframes and the competitions not being able to be concluded. 

In addition England Hockey notes that the wind chill factor means that conditions for players would be challenging; also that teams’ travel may be disrupted by the weather. 

In making this decision England Hockey recognises that players, officials and spectators will be disappointed that the event will not be going ahead due to circumstances beyond our control.  

England Hockey will make contact with all participating schools within the next 24 hours to seek feedback on the options for rescheduling the event at a later date.

Tickets previously purchased for the event will be valid for the rescheduled dates.