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
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)
You can check the status of your medication using Global Drug Referencing Online (Global DRO). By simply searching using the brand name or ingredient, you will be provided with up to date information about whether the medication contains a substance which is either prohibited or not, and if so whether it is prohibited in competition, out of competition of both.
Global DRO cannot be used for supplements. The website is mobile friendly enabling you to check medications on the go.
Supplement products can pose a significant risk to athletes as it is not possible to provide a 100% guarantee that any supplement does not contain a prohibited substance.
Athletes and support personnel should be fully aware of what supplements are, what the risks associated are and how the risks can be minimised. Many supplement products do not display or describe all ingredients contained. Contamination can occur in production as well as fake products being made available online.
Informed sport is a risk minimisation scheme for individuals considering using supplements. The scheme is designed to evaluate supplement manufacturers for their process integrity and screens supplements and raw ingredients for the presence of prohibited substances.
Athletes competing at certain levels are required to complete a TUE form prior to competing. A TUE form is required if an athlete is prescribed a prohibited substance (for which no alternative is available) for a legitimate medical condition. This will be highlighted when checking medication using Global DRO.
You will be informed if you are required to complete a TUE.
Further information regarding TUE's can be found on the UKAD website by clicking here
100% me is UKAD’s values-based education and information programme, helping athletes meet their anti-doping responsibilities throughout their sporting journey. We want all athletes to be clean, stay clean and believe all others are clean. For more information on what this means, visit UKAD’s website here.
Protecting clean sport depends on everyone in sport playing their part to maintain a level playing field. Clean competition rests on athletes, parents and support staff having the know-how to speak out when something's wrong within sport - no matter how small the information may seem. Click on the following link to find out how to report doping https://www.ukad.org.uk/protect-your-sport