The clubs executive committee welcomed the government announcement that ice rinks can re-open from Saturday 1st August. Furthermore, the announcement last night from the EIHA that the sport can move from phase one to phase two of their return to play plan is also welcomed.
The clubs COVID-19 working group are establishing a plan for our club to return to the ice safely when the National Ice Centre re-opens, which is scheduled for early September.
Following their initial meeting last week, the COVID-19 working group are firstly preparing the clubs return to play risk assessment, using guidance from the National Ice Centre and the English Ice Hockey Association as well as the governments return to recreational sport guidance.
The risk assessment will form the backbone of the clubs return to play strategy with a number of procedures, information packs and resources being developed and rolled out to all members and parents of Nottingham Ice Hockey Club.
A key feature of the return to play guidance from the EIHA is the need for bubbles of players (no mixing). As part of the plans for a September return, the COVID-19 working group, which includes the Club’s Head Coach, will start to draft September and October’s training bubbles during the week commencing 10th August 2020.
Those who are looking to return to the Club in September are strongly recommended to submit their electronic registration prior to 10th August.
It will still be possible to register from 10th August onward and players that do will be regularly reviewed for the possibility of allocating them to an appropriate training bubble. However, there may be delays in their return to training because each of our ice sessions will initially be limited to a maximum capacity of 20 participants plus coaches in line with governing body requirements.
We look forward to welcoming everyone back on the ice in a safe environment!