Wests Eden Jackat enjoys her hockey.
Wests Eden Jackat enjoys her hockey.

Framework to guide safe return to play

Hockey Australia and its member Associations have been preparing a Return to Play Framework to support clubs, associations and players nationally as coronavirus restrictions are gradually eased.

This framework, being developed in partnership with Sport Australia, will provide guidance, checklists, and template documents to help navigate how to operate in a COVID-safe environment.

Importantly, the framework will help simplify the variety of government guidelines in place, including the AIS framework for rebooting Australian sport, Roadmap to a COVID-safe Australia and State Government advice.

"We are all excited about getting back on the pitch, but we are also mindful of the complex and, at times, overwhelming amount of requirements facing our volunteers to help deliver COVID-safe hockey," said Hockey Australia general manager Michael Johnston.

"Associations are already getting ready and supporting their clubs around the resumption of play, and we know there are many questions about how to do this safely and in line with government requirements. The work underway will provide timely support to club and association administrators, who are the lifeblood of community hockey."

Hockey Australia's framework will be launched this week and continually updated to reflect up to date information and government advice. In the meantime, Hockey Australia encourages all volunteers to continue seeking guidance through their respective Member Association, follow government guidelines, and promote the downloading of the COVID-safe App.



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