IES Club Bulletin – Return to Hockey – 10 August 2020

We hope that you are all looking forward to returning to hockey as much as the IES Committee is!

It was announced by England Hockey on Friday that hockey training and local matches can now start, which is, of course, very exciting news. The club is required to put several safeguards in place and everyone who wants to be involved will have to register. This bulletin explains everything that you need to do for this new season.

1 – Sign up to play

If you want to get back to playing / umpiring or coaching, you must complete the England Hockey Participation Agreement.  If you don’t complete the agreement you cannot participate. You must sign up at least 24 hours before you want to take part – so please do this as soon as possible.

You will find the online form here:  England Hockey Participation Agreement

All participants must read and follow the ‘advice to participants’ available below and on the England Hockey website here  

2 – Club Covid-19 Officer

The club appointed officer is James Gray, and he is responsible along with the club committee for ensuring the club follows all the guidelines set by EH and government.

3 – Updating your contact details on the IES Club database

To help with the track and trace we must ask all members – both Junior and Senior – to update their information on our membership database for the 2020/21 season.

You can log in to access your information here:

When you are logged in, you will then be able to view the information we hold for you/ your children. Click on the arrow for the drop down menu to select the 2020-21 season – this will provide you with pre-filled information which you can update as necessary and then save.

There are detailed instructions about how to do this on the below pdf.

Usually at this time of year, we also ask for the payment of membership fees, but we won’t be doing that yet. If for any reason you or your children will not be coming back to IES this season, please do let us know by email and we can remove you from our database. We hope this won’t be the case though!

Please note – if you haven’t previously been a member at IES, please email Moira Bryan ( to get a link to the registration form.

4 – Ipswich School Sports Centre

The sports centre is currently closed, but the centre will start a 3-stage reopening from Monday 24th August. Once the centre reopens, access will strictly be limited to the pitches and the toilets. Clear signage will be in place and social distancing rules will apply other than whilst on the pitch.

5 – Training

Club training will start on Tuesday 25th August (Men) and Wednesday 26th August (Women).  In addition, we are holding a training test event on Wednesday 19th August to test our Covid-19 processes. We are inviting a group of 1st team squad men and women to this session only.

We have some Junior training on the week beginning 17 August, and an email has already been sent to our Junior members about this.

The club will be keeping records of those attending all sessions and retaining this information for 21 days after the date of each session in line with England Hockey Covid-19 guidelines.

6 – Dates for your diary

  • Wednesday 19 August, 7pm to 9pm. Test training session men’s 1s & women’s 1s only.
  • Tuesday 25 August, 7.30pm to 9.30pm – Men’s training.
  • Wednesday 26 August, 7pm to 9pm – Women’s training.
  • Saturday 5 September – Club Day: Intra club matches. 1pm W3 v W4 & M1 v M2&3 2.30pm W1 v W2 & M4 v M5 Please contact your captain to confirm your availability. (Updated list of team captains at the end of this bulletin).
  • Sunday 6 September – Junior programme to restart – an email will be sent to Junior members about this with details of new training times.
  • Saturday 12 September – friendly matches, details to be confirmed.
  • Saturday 19 September – scheduled start of leagues (all details on the East website).

7. PDF documents

instructions to update registration information