Return to Play Plan Development

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Dear Associations, Members, and State Hockey Users,

With the release of the Queensland Government’s ‘Roadmap to easing Queensland’s restrictions’ last Friday, Hockey Queensland, Associations, and Clubs now have confirmed dates on the resumption of hockey. Since the announcement, HQ has begun working with the QLD Department of Sport and Recreation, Qsport, Hockey Australia, and our Associations to develop a Return to Play Plan.

We are all very eager to return to the pitch and while restrictions are easing, there is still some work to be done. It is important to acknowledge that although as of Saturday groups of 10 can gather and non-contact activities can take place (with hygiene and social distancing), community sport is not set to begin until Stage 2. This was clearly outlined during a QLD Sport and Recreation meeting this afternoon noting that Stage 1 is considered for non-structured activities.

There are a number of details and processes still to be finalised and put in place before we can get back on the pitch safely. Hockey Queensland strongly recommends holding off on organising any immediate formal, organised training sessions under Stage 1.

I will be meeting with the Association Presidents on Wednesday night to discuss the Roadmap to Restarting Hockey in Queensland. HQ will also convene a Facility Working Group comprising of representatives from different Associations around the state. This working group will focus on developing a set of Return to Hockey Guidelines for facilities alongside the National Hockey Framework.

I acknowledge we are all very excited to recommence hockey, and to make sure we can reach Stage 3 and resume fixtures, we need everyone to be patient and continue to follow the advice and directives of Queensland Health.

I expect to have more information for you in the coming week.

Alison Lyons
Chief Executive Offer
Hockey Queensland


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