A Structure Fit for the Future

Posted by Angi Harrell on 30 August 2019

Dear all

The hockey season is nearly upon us and I am sure you are all ready to play. Just so as you are aware, England Hockey have been looking at restructuring how hockey is run, from senior & junior league organisation, discipline, performance centres, officiating, representative teams, development centres and masters. Basically, all these areas are run differently across counties and regions. In 2017, EH created a working group to look into how these responsibilities could be re-organised. Their first approach was by consulting clubs and organisations requesting completion of a survey and the results have been compiled a document –A Structure fit for the Future- has been produced (this is attached). I would be grateful if as many people from your club, read the document as EH need feedback on their proposals. The closing date for feedback is 27th October 2019. From the feedback, EH will then create an implementation plan and these changes will be in place for 2021-2022.

You may think this has very little to do with you, however, the proposals will have a huge impact on how you currently play your hockey.

A key point that arises from this proposal is how the leagues will be run in the future.

In order to create consistency, the five regions (East, Midlands, North, South,West) will be increased to eight regions and each region will be responsible for organising ALL adult & junior leagues and competitions. There are currently at least 40 sets of different league rules depending on where you play and so all leagues will be administered through their area. As we primarily are concerned with adult leagues in Northamptonshire, this will be a major change. I for one, do not know how this will happen so we will need to wait for further details, but there will no longer be a county committee and Val won’t be organising county leagues! Our current 2019-2020 league will run as normal but there may well start to be changes 2020-2021 so that is why I need as many of you as possible to be aware of these changes by reading the attached document, and if possible discuss and feedback either to myself or to EH.

Many thanks.

I hope you all have a great season.

Sarah Blason

A Structure Fit for the Future

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