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17th AprGDPR - Further Support

To support organisations with their GDPR compliance, the Sport and Recreation Alliance have today launched a suite of resources which are targeted at national organisations, regional organisations and clubs operating across the sport and recreation sector.
You can access the first batch of resources on our website here See link: and we will also let you know when the other batches are available in the coming weeks. You will need to log in to access these (can be accessed via creating a free account).
The first batch of resources include data privacy notices, a consent form for direct marketing and a GDPR compliance questionnaire to help you create a checklist of things to consider. These templates are supported by guidance notes and advice summaries to help you use them correctly and adapt them to your own organisation.

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5th AprChanges to the England Hockey Leagues

At the March 2018 board meeting, England Hockey agreed changes to the structure of the Investec Women’s Hockey League and Men’s Hockey League. The changes will be implemented in the 2019-20 season. These changes are the first step in adapting to the evolving landscape of the Hockey Pro League (and international player availability) and requests from clubs to review the domestic structure.
The most recent consultation (February 2018) strongly supported an interim restructure to the leagues and this is outlined beneath. More than two-thirds of teams in the England Hockey Leagues responded to the consultation as well as more than 50 Regional Premier League teams.
The changes will be revisited again after the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 (and after two years of the Hockey Pro League) with a view to further developing the structure to support domestic hockey to progress for years to come.
England Hockey is ambitious about creating a structure that encourages clubs to continue to develop, strive for success at the highest level of European competition and support our international success objectives.
What are the changes for 2019-20?
For both genders the leagues will expand in size to three tiers, each of 10 teams:
Premier Division – Nine games will be played each side of the Christmas break in a traditional league format. The main change will be a three team playoff before Christmas (after half of the league programme) that will allow clubs a chance to earn a place in European club competition. This is designed to allow clubs with international players the chance to earn a place in Europe when their players are available for domestic hockey. The league champions, and other European place/s, will be determined by a three team end of season playoff. At the end of the season, the bottom team will be relegated and the 9th placed Premier Division team will go to a playoff.
Division 1 North and Division 1 South – The second tier of the structure will be two geographically split divisions. The winners of these Divisions will play off for an one automatic place in the Premier Division and also get a second chance to play the 9th placed Premier League team for a place in the Premier Division.
Three Conferences - West, North, East – The third tier will be three Conferences operating in a similar manner to the current conferences. The key difference will be that clubs' second teams will be able to join the Conferences, as long as their first team is at a higher level. This is in response to the current situation where many Regional Leagues have recently been won by second teams so the change should allow more continuity in league structures. Each of the Conference winners will be promoted. The teams finishing ninth and tenth of each of Division 1 North and Division 1 South will be relegated. The three runners up in Conferences will play off in a three team round robin with the top team promoted to Division 1.
Eligible teams winning Regional Leagues will be automatically promoted to the Conferences with the same relegation playoff from the Conferences as is currently in place.
A window in the winter for indoor club hockey will remain in January with the England Hockey run leagues restarting in February.
Through the consultation a set of standards for facilities, match day procedures and club operations have been discussed. The intention is to start to implement many of these from 2019-2020, starting at the highest levels. Details of these expectations will be released in due course with all clubs being given reasonable notice and timescales for implementation.
Implications for the 2018-19 Season
The 2018-19 season will form a transition season to the new arrangements. The existing structure will exist but with different consequences:
Premier Division:
No changes to the structure for 2018-19
Promotion arrangements to Premier Division as currently in place. A round robin competition with the 9th placed team in the Premier Division and the three Conference winners. The top two gain Premier Division status for 2019-20 (Premier Division Play offs).
The new Division 1 North and Division 1 South will be made up of the team finishing 10th in the Premier Division, the teams finishing 3rd and 4th in the Premier Division Play offs, and the teams placed 2nd-6th in the three Conferences.
A round robin play-off between the three teams finishing 7th in the three Conferences with the top two teams qualifying. The remaining teams will play in the Conferences in 2019-20.
Regional Premier Leagues:
The Top 4 placed teams in each of the five Regional League Premier Divisions will be invited to join the Conferences.
The number of players a club may register at any one time will be increased from 30 to 40.
The number of “overseas players” will also be extended from one to two. The regulations around overseas players are complex and clubs are strongly recommended to consider the guidance from England Hockey - more information is here:
Next Steps
For the 2019-20 season there are still details, including player registrations, eligibility and officiating appointments, that will be worked through with the support of the Regional Premier Leagues and officiating bodies over coming months.
The Future
The England Hockey Board foresee the 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons being an interim position, and subject to the Hockey Pro League, expect continued development of the domestic competition to further support the original objectives of the Bridging the Gap project. These objectives have been supported both in the initial consultation and through the February 2018 consultation. England Hockey will continue to work in consultation with the clubs on any further changes via a revised committee structure for overseeing the England Hockey Leagues.

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21st MarGDPR Guidance

What is GDPR?
The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) will come into effect on 25 May 2018 and will replace the Data Protection Act (DPA). Legal advice suggests that GDPR does not present a drastic overhaul to the current DPA framework but rather, it plugs gaps, or strengthens existing rights and obligations and defines certain concepts more precisely.
Therefore, if your organisation is compliant with the DPA this will put you in good stead for the move across to GDPR. It does however significantly increase the fines for failing to comply. It’s worth highlighting the basic principles of the original Data Protection Act which remain in place and which should continue to provide the basis for the way you manage people’s data.
- Data must be used fairly and lawfully
- Used for limited, specifically stated purposes
- Used in a way that is adequate, relevant and not excessive
- Accurate and kept for no longer than is absolutely necessary
- Handled according to people’s data protection rights
- Kept safe and secure
- Not transferred outside the European Economic Area without adequate protection
Please see link to further information on the England Hockey Website

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1st Mar2018 England Hockey Award nominations are open!

On Saturday 19 May hockey lovers from across the country will gather to celebrate the achievements of volunteers, umpires, coaches and players over the past year at the England Hockey Awards Dinner 2018.
Last year's event moved to the Athena in Leicester and was bigger than ever before. The dinner saw 13 awards in total handed out, including the four Performance Player trophies. We saw over 500 people attend including many of our International stars who played host to a table. And due to the success of the evening, this year's event will be back at the Athena in Leicester!
Some awards have been adapted and modified from previous years to make them more inclusive - you can find the updated award criteria here.
The 2018 awards are:
• Notts Sport Club of the Year
• Men's Team of the Year
• Investec Women's Team of the Year
• Unsung Club Hero
• Celixir Men's Senior Performance Player
• Men's Junior Performance Player
• Investec Women's Senior Performance Player
• Investec Women's Junior Performance Player
• Coach of the Year
• Lifetime Achievement
• Umpire of the year
• Rising Star
• Innovation
• Hockey Maker of the Year
The nominations are now open and will close on 3 April. Make sure you don't forget to vote for your favourites see link

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27th Oct (2017)AGM Resolution Update - Surveys now live

Further to the news article from Friday 29 September, the online consultation survey is now live and will remain available for completion until Sunday 26 November. The survey is open to individuals and representatives of clubs, leagues, county and regional bodies to complete as follows:
Governance Bodies Survey
Regional Association Committee Members
County Association Committee Members
League Committee Members
Umpiring Association Committee Members
Clubs Survey
Club Committee Members
Club Playing Members
Club Non-Playing Members
Club Umpires
Anyone who sits on more than one committee can complete more than one survey. To download a hard copy of the survey to discuss with other members of your committee before submitting your responses use these links:
AGM Resolution Survey – Clubs
AGM Resolution Survey – Governance Bodies
Following completion of the survey period, the feedback will be considered at a series of evening consultation meetings facilitated by Yew Consulting.
Spaces will be limited at these meetings and clubs/associations wishing to send a representative to participate in the discussion to explore future options and find workable solutions should register their interest to and provide a name, contact information and preferred venue.
In order to facilitate an open, fair discussion only one representative may attend from each organisation.
The venues are:
Wednesday 22 November – Imber Court, East Molesey, London
Thursday 23 November – Taunton Vale Sports Club, Taunton, Somerset
Monday 27 November – Sports Park Weetwood, University of Leeds, Leeds
Wednesday 29 November – Old Silhillians, Solihull, West Midlands
Thursday 30 November – Novotel London Stansted Airport
Full details relating to the evening will be emailed during the week before the date of each consultation meeting.
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26th Oct (2017)Data Protection Act update - 24.10.2017

Some of you may be aware that the Data Protection Act is being replaced by the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) in May 2018.
This will increase the regulation in this area and may require clubs and associations to change the way they process personal details provided by their members. If you already have good data protection processes in place you may find that the changes are relatively small but the new regulations will increase the potential penalties if you are not adopting good practices.
EH are working on the implications of the new Regulations and will get guidance out as soon as possible but some key definitions have yet to be confirmed and it may well be the new year before the full details are known.
In the meantime the Sport and Recreation Alliance has issued some good generic guidance which can be found here.

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17th Oct (2017)Junior Clubs Boys and Girls National Indoor Competitions 2017

Junior Clubs Boys and Girls National Indoor Competitions 2017
Sunday 3rd December U18 Girls Clubs North Indoor
Sunday 10th December U18 Boys Clubs North Indoor
Saturday 16th December U16 Girls Clubs North Indoor
Saturday 17th December U16 Boys Clubs North Indoor
Deadline for entries is Friday 10th November:
Please note entries will not be accepted without entry fee being paid prior to the tournament, and any BACS payments must include a proof of payment to Bev Barstow.
Please circulate to any Junior Club contacts in your area.
Also: Please contact Bev Barstow by email ( and she will send an entry form.

20th Dec (2016)Entering Feedback/Questions for Officials/Administrators

Please can you ensure that select the correct organisation that you wish to put your question/comment to (Drop down Menu), as: if you do not do so your question/comment will NOT be seen that Organisation's Administrator.
North Hockey Association
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North Young Umpires
Cheshire Hockey Association
Cumbria Hockey
Greater Manchester Association
Lancashire Hockey Association
Lancashire Hockey Umpiring Association
North West Hockey Umpiring Association
North West League
Isle of Man Hockey Umpiring Association
Yorkshire Hockey Umpiring Association
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24th Sep (2014)England Hockey has a Code of Ethics & Behaviour

Please Note:

England Hockey have updated the RCRF, PNF, disrepute form and appeal forms.

The forms and further information can be found on the below link:

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