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


IES End of Season Awards Video

For those of you who missed it or want to relive the virtual End of Season Awards again you can find the video on our YouTube channel following this link:

Thank you to everyone who took part and for all who joined us for the live screening!


Please note that the IESHC AGM is still going ahead on Thursday 4th June as previously advertised. Due to current circumstances we will be holding the meeting online and therefore will have to make some slight changes to the usual format of the AGM. Registered club members have been emailed an information pack which contains all the relevant information and reports. We are also asking members to submit questions/queries ahead of the AGM taking place so we can ensure these are answered fully on the evening. Details of how to submit questions are in the information pack.

England Hockey/East League suspends national hockey activity

Hi all,

Please note that both England Hockey and the East League have suspended ALL hockey activity from today onwards until at LEAST the 15th April. This includes both senior and junior hockey.
For further information, please see the following announcement from England Hockey:
And also the following announcement from the East League:
As a result there will be no midweek or Sunday training sessions and no games played.
Best regards


Change to Training Times – Weds 11th Sept Onwards

Please note revised pitch allocations / times for Wednesday training and for all future sessions with immediate effect. .

Pitch 3

  • 6.45pm / 8.15pm Women’s 3’s and 4’s
  • 7.30pm / 9.30pm Women’s 1s and 2s.

Please note that on Wednesday (11th Sept) the Women’s 1st team re playing a match in Framlingham therefore the women’s 2’s will join 3 and 4s 6.45pm start.

Pitch 2

  • Men’s 1’s 7.30pm to 9.30pm
  • Men’s club 7.30pm to 9pm.

Please note that on Wednesday (11th Sept) the men’s 1st team have a match at home v Sudbury starting at 8.15, being played on pitch 3. Therefore  all other men should train on pitch 2 from 7.30pm.

Club Day

Please let your friends and family know – Club day is on Saturday 7th September! Anyone can get involved- whether they are completely new to the sport or looking to get back into it. With inter-club games, hockey taster sessions, BBQ and bar this is an event not to be missed!