About Clean Sport

What Does Clean Sport Mean? England Hockey, and its affiliated clubs, organisations and their members, are bound by the World Anti-Doping Agency Code


England Hockey proudly supports Clean Sport and believes that all athletes have the right to participate in hockey knowing that they, their teammates and their opposition do so without the use of prohibited or recreational substances.

England Hockey, and its affiliated clubs, organisations and their members, comply with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code and all associated Standards. England Hockey works closely with both WADA and UK Anti-Doping (UKAD)  to conduct a comprehensive anti-doping programme that covers education, testing and results management. The following links provide information to players, coaches and support staff to enable sensible and informed decision making with regards to Clean Sport.


The anti-doping rules of England Hockey are the rules published by UK Anti-Doping (or its successor), as amended from time to time. If you are a member of England Hockey then the anti-doping rules apply to you, regardless of what level you participate at. You can find the UK Anti-Doping Rules here

Strict Liability

As an athlete you are responsible for any banned substance:

  • you use
  • you attempt to use
  • found in your system

Regardless of how it got there or whether you intended to cheat or not.

Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs)

Breaking the anti-doping rules can result in a ban from all sport. The Code outlines the Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs). Athletes and athlete support personnel need to make sure they are fully aware of these violations, and the consequences of breaking them. For more information and what this means for those individuals, click here.

For information on individuals serving a ban from sport, visit UKAD’s sanction page on their website.

What happens in a test?

Athletes should feel prepared and know their rights and responsibilities when they are notified to be tested by a Chaperone or Doping Control Officer. Check out this video below on the testing process from start to finish. Athletes can find out more in the Introduction to Testing section of UKAD’s website.

Medication, Supplements and Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs)