Hello and happy new years to you all.
The committee met last night to discuss a return to hockey with the latest set of restrictions in place.
England hockey have stated that whilst in tier 4 adult hockey isn’t allowable. To reflect this all adult leagues have deferred the return of league hockey to at least mid Feb, with the view of only having an 11 game season. The survey that you filled in over the Christmas break indicates that you would support training and interclub games when we move to tier 3 to prepare for the league starting. More will follow as that timing becomes clear.
This raises the obvious question of a refund. There are two significant unknown expenses to come into the club, the England hockey affiliation fee (last year c£6k) and the Hampshire affiliation fee (last year c£2k) when these land we will know how much monies will be left to redistribute. Until then I wont commit to a figure. I will communicate separately when that does come about.
England hockey allow under 18s to train within tier 4. We have made the decision, to align with the secondary schools return currently on the 18th Jan. So there will be no junior hockey until at least then. There is concern amongst our coaching population of coaching at the current time and there is concern about if schools are closed then we should follow suit. The decision affects the whole section.
We will review this in the next few weeks when it becomes clear what is happening with wave 3! But we will base our decisions around the legality of students to go back to school in person, coupled with the coaches willingness to coach.
Our plans for the junior section at the moment is to run till end of April, longer than usual, to allow a “season” to be completed so there are no plans for any refunds at the moment.
Basingstoke young carers update from our president, Miranda
BHC has been quietly supporting Basingstoke and District Young Carers for a few years, offering space for sessions/functions and helping with fundraising events or sessions. Last year the organisation became independent, I was asked to Chair. Covid hit! What timing, almost overnight like many charities, donations and fundraising opportunities disappeared, we kept delivering services via outside spaces and Zoom, numbers of referrals dramatically rose. With Christmas looming and many families needing help, some lovely BHC members stepped up with donations but Clairy Fairy Bowman went one further asking the ladies 1sts to put hands in their purses. She shopped and arrived on my doorstep like Santa with everything on my list to help make some really smiley faces on Christmas day other donations were used to help with food hampers. Big thanks BHC.
If anyone is interested in volunteering in any way please do let Miranda know. It could be with delivering a sports session or helping inside with sessions, open to ideas too!
Stay safe everyone and feel free to ask me any questions