Return to hockey

With England Hockey’s Return to Hockey announcement, we’d like to give you an update on what’s going to happen at OCs. We will continue to provide updates on this page as we receive further information.

With the anticipated restart of the senior leagues, senior training will start again for a mini pre-season from Monday 29th March at the usual times. Get ready to hit the ground running! There will be no training on Easter Monday.

Senior matches: Competitive matches can resume from Saturday 17th April to complete matches postponed for the first half of the league and ultimately conclude the leagues. We have received confirmation that this will be the start for all our Ladies teams, Men’s 5s and Warriors but we’re waiting for confirmation from the remaining Men’s leagues so please watch this space. We are also looking at possible inter-club or local ‘pre-season’ friendlies from Saturday 3rd April to enable your safe return, which your Captains will update you on.

None of the league websites have been updated with revised fixtures so keep an eye out for Teamo and Captain communication updates, including match times. As you can imagine, there are a lot of matches to be rescheduled so please bear with us!

Junior Easter camps are now available to book and our Juniors summer coaching programme will start from 19th April with details being shared soon.

Free pitch use on Sundays: We are delighted to be able to confirm that starting from Sunday 4th April, quarter pitches will be available to hire for all OCHC members. Book your spot now.

COVID Safe: From next Monday we will adopt the Play – Stage 4 phase from England Hockey’s original COVID-19 roadmap.  England Hockey requires us to keep records of any pitch usage. As before, ALL players must check-in via TEAMO or use the QR Codes for training and matches (including Sundays).

Take a look at the COVID-19 roadmap.

We know that this year has been tough. While some of you are excited to get back on the pitch, there is no pressure if you’re not ready to do so. Please continue to take the time to check in with your teammates and support each other as we transition back to hockey. Here’s some useful guidance for all of us returning to sport.