Regardless of the activity taking place, whether in a game or training, creating a safe environment for everyone involved in hockey is essential.
Guidance and Policies
England Hockey strongly recommends that all clubs/ organisations and their members take the time to read and digest the policies and guidance. It is the responsibility of everyone within the sport to create a safe environment for all who participate.
England Hockey has published an important guide entitled Planning Safe Hockey.
The guide is intended to be used as a checklist by anyone delivering or planning hockey activity. England Hockey strongly encourages all clubs/organisations and their members to familiarise themselves with the guide and also to address any unsafe practices.
The guide was created in memory of Luke Hobson, a 14-year-old junior player who tragically died on 28 March 2019 having sustained a fatal impact head injury. The guide was created with the co-operation of Luke's parents.
We all have a responsibility to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all those who play hockey; it is therefore important that we take steps to minimise risk to all engaged in hockey, enhancing their experience and reassuring players, parents and guardians.
The rules of hockey are constantly evolving, therefore it is imperative that all those who plan and deliver hockey activity do so in a way that ensures the safety of all involved in our sport.
England Hockey has released a Safe Hockey Online Module on Hockey Hub. It aims to provide some guidance and ideas on how to deliver fun, safe and engaging sessions, and how we can put the very best practice, policies and procedures in place to make sure that our sport is as safe as it possibly can be
It covers the three key parts of running a safe session - plan, deliver and review and be completed here.
Every club must assess their own need for First Aid provision. England Hockey strongly recommends that there is a minimum of one First Aid trained person per match or training session.
The following factors should be considered:
- Where do we play?
- Is First Aid provision covered by the facility provider?
- Consider home and away fixtures.
- How many people does the Club/Player Pathway Centre need to train in First Aid?
First Aid kits are available from England Hockey’s Official Supplier Physique.
England Hockey strongly recommends that anyone completing First Aid training should attend a certified Emergency First Aid course lasting a minimum of three hours and includes practical CPR. A refresher or re-certification is required every three years.
UK Coaching, in collaboration with Resuscitation Council UK, St John Ambulance and Joe Humphies Memorial Trust, have produced a free e-learning course around how to prepare for and what to do in the case of someone having a sudden cardiac arrest. The course is around 30 minutes long and can be completed by anyone regardless of previous medical experience. To access this course, please click here.