England Hockey strives to ensure that our game is played, watched, delivered, governed and enjoyed by all. We are committed to the principles of fair treatment for everyone, embracing differences and creating a culture where everyone is welcome.
Hockey is proud to be a team sport with equal participation in terms of gender, and with excellent opportunities for our Flyerz community. We are committed to moving towards a Board which is both gender balanced and diverse.
England Hockey recognises the need to listen, engage and understand our membership and this is central to our work in the short term and will allow us to inform our longer-term plans. Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion is genuine and long-term, so if you have any ideas on how to make our sport more diverse and inclusive, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will listen.
If you have had an experience in hockey that you would like to report, please do so via the disrepute reporting process.
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At England Hockey, we pride ourselves on the open and welcoming community for people from different backgrounds in our sport, ensuring anyone wanting to take part experiences an open, inclusive, safe, and accessible environment.
It is our responsibility to make sure everyone - no matter what their identity or background - feels supported and involved in hockey.
As a sport, hockey has had a transgender policy in place for over 10 years. The policy was first developed in 2012, revised in 2013, and then again in 2017, constantly evolving and adapting to the sport and society around us. As part of the England Hockey Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) Framework launched in 2022, we made the commitment to review the current policy to ensure it best reflects the needs of the sport.
The policy review process is underway and will include focused consultation, upskilling of all decision makers, expert research, and thorough review to make sure it is fit for purpose. We recognise the need to listen, engage and understand our membership and this is central to our work in the short term, and will allow us to inform our longer term plans.
The updated policy and guidance are expected to be complete by Autumn 2024. While this policy review is underway, our current policy remains in place across the sport in England.
England Hockey is committed to the fair treatment of everyone, embracing differences and creating a culture where everybody is welcome. More information on our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Framework can be found here.
FAQs - August 2023
- LGBTQ+ History Month 2023
- Creating Access For Anyone To Participate In Hockey
- London Area & West Hampstead's Georga Creates Women In Hockey Officiating Network Initiative
- Ramadan Mubarak
- Understanding the Importance of Vaisakhi
- How Romsey Hockey Club Support Their Female Umpires
Playing Kit Regulations
- New Inclusive Playing Kit Regulations For England Hockey Domestic League
- FIH Announce Updated Kit Regulations On The Back Of England And Great Britain Hockey Request
Change Starts Together
- Tess Howard - Why I've Signed Up For Our Next ED&I Conference
- Change Starts Together - Questions And Answers
International Women's Day
- Bees Belong Community Links Showcased For Sport England’s Club Matters
- Women’s Masters Presents Opportunity To Focus On Development Of Female Umpires
- England Hockey work with Muslim Sports Foundation to give girls chance to play hockey
- Creating Flexibility So People Feel Comfortable To Play
- Great Britain Off To Special Olympics National Games
- GB Return From Special Olympics National Games With Bronze
- Flyerz Celebration Weekend
- Flyerz Festival - West Midlands Showcases Accessible and Inclusive Hockey
Black History Month October 2021
Behind The Line
- Surbiton HC brings free schools coaching to local community
- Malcolm Arnold Academy
- Beeston Flyerz and outreach programmes
- Jeevan Chagger: Hometown Hero
- Havant Hockey Club in the community
Pride Month June 2021
LGBTQ History Month February 2021
Black History Month October 2020
- Dawn Bonner's Umpiring Journey
- Joan Lewis tells her story
- Rosie Sykes story - the first black woman to play for England's national hockey team
Women in Sport
- International Women's Week 2021
- 125th Anniversary Of The First Women’s International Hockey Match
- Inspiring Young And Aspiring Female Coaches
- Karen Brown enlisted to help UK Sport double numbers of elite female coaches
Pride Month February 2020
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Sporting Equals is an independent body that actively works to promote ethnic diversity throughout the sporting community. Originally formed in 1998 by Sport England, in partnership with the Commission for Racial Equality, we have worked to promote inclusivity through policy change and community-based engagement.
Sport England is an arms-length body of government responsible for growing and developing grassroots sport and getting more people active across England. They're working to keep movement, sport and physical activity central to the lives of everyone through a combination of National Lottery funding and grant-in-aid from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, which classifies us as a non-departmental government body
Activity Alliance are the national charity and leading voice for disabled people in sport and activity. They can enable your organisation to support more disabled people.
Access Sport is a national charity formed in 2004. They believe that no one should be excluded from the transformational benefits of community sport. The benefits they focus on are:
- Physical and mental health and well-being
- Personal development (including life skills/ prospects)
- Sense of belonging
- Community engagement.
Stonewall stand for lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, questioning and ace (LGBTQ+) people everywhere. They imagine a world where all LGBTQ+ people are free to be themselves and we can live our lives to the full. Their campaigns drive positive change in public attitudes and public policy. They ensure LGBTQ+ people can thrive throughout our lives by building deep, sustained change programmes with the institutions that have the biggest impact on us, whether we’re learning, working, praying or playing sport.
Pride Sports aims to challenge homophobia in sport and improve access to sport for LGBT+ people. In working towards these goals they:
- Campaign for change
- Promote good practice
- Actively grow LGBT+ participation and satisfaction in sport