UPDATE – Nottingham Hockey Centre indoor hospitality from 17th May 2021

Nottingham Hockey Centre has written a COVID-19 risk assessment and plan for the site which is available to download below.

Please familiarise yourself with the measures that have been put in place.

Following the announcement that the UK will move to Step 3 of the Government Roadmap from 17 May, England Hockey can confirm that further changes will be permitted to our sport-specific guidance from next Monday. 

As a result of the latest changes, we can announce that from Monday 17 May we will be moving to Step 5 of our Return to Play Roadmap – Step 5; Full competitive match play, leagues and competitions resume. This means that our revised Championships offer will go ahead as planned and league play-offs, where undecided, can be concluded. 


This is largely because travel restrictions are expected to ease further to allow car sharing between people from different household groups. We recommend that best practice is followed in line with the Government Safer Travel guidance


Indoor hockey can also return for adult participants. Indoor sport is exempt from social distancing and gathering limits but, like the outdoor version, only during play. Also, so long as indoor facility capacity restrictions are followed (100 sq. ft per person). This means that standard indoor hockey matches are allowed. 

Changing rooms, although allowed to open, should be avoided or use kept to a minimum where possible. Players are still advised to arrive changed and shower at home. 


Spectators are now permitted in all outdoor and indoor settings regardless of whether the facility is on public or private land. Social distancing rules and social gathering limits for each setting must be followed at all times – discrete groups of 30 outdoors and groups of six or two households indoors. There is an additional measure for indoors, where the total number of people is limited by the indoor facility capacity restrictions (100 sq. ft per person). This number includes all participants, coaches, officials and spectators. 


Hospitality is now allowed to be served indoors as well as outdoors. Social distancing rules and social gathering limits apply to each setting and seated table service remains compulsory in all settings. 


Clubhouses can once again open their doors, adhering to social distancing rules and social gathering limits. These spaces should be managed carefully, taking into consideration capacities, flows and circulation of fresh air. 

There is also good news for Flyerz activity with confirmation that players of all abilities can once again mix and participate in sporting activity together. 


Our FAQs have been updated with more specific details here. We will continue to review and add to these as necessary. 


We ask that everyone keeps following the latest guidance available so that hockey can continue to be played in a safe and responsible environment for all involved. 


We do not anticipate any further changes to the guidance until Step 4 of the Governments roadmap, no earlier than 21 June. 

Next steps of the government roadmap 

The below table outlines the government roadmap as a guide for coming weeks. This is indicative of when we expect guidance may be updated to support further changes, but the dates are not confirmed at this stage. As and when further changes to guidance are required, England Hockey will update and reissue our guidance. 

Latest Return To Play Road Map – May 2021

 If you have any issues or questions regarding the guidance please read our FAQs or contact clubs@englandhockey.co.uk.

Full England Hockey guidance for step 4
The full England Hockey getting back on the pitch guidance for step 4 can be found here: –


Football Association guidance
The full Football Association guidance can be viewed here: –


England Touch Rugby guidance
The full England Touch Rugby guidance can be viewed here: –


England Lacrosse guidance
The full England Lacrosse guidance can be viewed here: –


All hirers must ensure they are affiliated to their respective NGB’s and follow their guidance for outdoor sport and physical activity.

Nottingham Hockey Centre COVID Officer – David Griffiths david@nottinghamhockeycentre.com