Return to play update: October 2020

Key Points

  • Priorities
  • Training Groups
  • Junior Academy
  • Memberships
  • COVID-19 Update


It has been fantastic to see 120+ individuals participating in hockey related activity during the month of September. October is set to provide some further challenges for players, coaches, officials and the club environment as a whole, where we welcome the combination of new and returning members plus a local lockdown. Nevertheless, it is exciting that our membership has an opportunity to grow as we open our arms to new student and non-student members for the 2020 season. In order to meet the challenges presented, the club seeks to make decisions based on the following principles in order of priority.

  1. To ensure all returning and new members are safe whilst participating in club activities
  2. To ensure all members have access to at least one hockey session per week
  3. To ensure you receive value for your membership whilst games are not permitted in Wales by delivering high-quality training environments
  4. To prepare you well for the resumption of friendly and league fixtures when guidance allows

The existing restrictions on hockey, as set by the Welsh Government and Hockey Wales dictate that we must adapt our training model for the near future, ensuring individuals coach, train and play within an isolated group. This is challenging for a club of our nature with multiple interconnected hockey environments, however the coaching team are pleased to confirm a model that aims to suit the large majority of club members, accepting there may some individual cases that need careful discussion. Club & BUCS hockey will adopt the following structure for the near future to meet COVID guidance, promote safety and satisfy the aforementioned aims.

Men’s GroupsTraining
C&M M1Tuesday 20.00, Thursday 19.30, WIS
BUCS M1 (C&M M2)Monday 16.30 – 18.00 , Cyncoed
C&M M3Thursday 18.00 – 19.00, WIS
C&M M4Thursday 18.00 – 19.00, WIS
C&M M5Thursday 18.00 – 19.00, WIS
BUCS M2Wednesday 18.30 – 19.30, Cyncoed
*Note – groupings are flexible & to be confirmed once we have a complete picture from new and returning members.
Ladies GroupsTraining
C&M L1 (incl BUCS 1)Monday 19.45 – 21.00, Cyncoed
C&M L2 (incl BUCS 1/2)Monday 18.15 – 19.30, Cyncoed
C&M L3 (Incl BUCS 2)Thursday, 19.45 – 21.00, Cyncoed
C&M L4 + New members (Incl BUCS 2/3/4)Thursday 18.15 – 19.30, Cyncoed
BUCS Training group 1Wednesday 16.00 – 17.00 Cyncoed
BUCS Training group 2Wednesday 17.15 – 18.15, Cyncoed
*Note – groupings are flexible & to be confirmed once we have a complete picture from new and returning members.

For existing club members, training times and locations will not change dramatically and new club members will be welcomed into the appropriate training environment.  New and returning BUCS ladies members will be required to choose whether they wish to participate in a BUCS or Club training environment, while new and returning BUCS Men’s players will be grouped as BUCS only with the opportunity to move to a club group should they wish. The noted difference reflects current pitch availability and existing Mens & Ladies section structures.  Unfortunately, current COVID guidance does not permit players to become part of more than one isolated training group of 30 players.   

Junior Academy

The Junior Academy are continuing to work towards a return to play for the 20/21 season. Sessions are to begin sessions w.b. 28th of September. A noticeable modification to the Academy will be the change of day from Tuesday to a Friday evening. The change reflects a requirement to accommodate cross-sport participation for the Students of the University. We hope the change is positive as several participants often have other commitments on a Tuesday evening.

Participation in the South Wales Youth Association is still a priority and intentions are to begin fixtures in January, however, this could change due to Government and NGB guidelines.

You can register your interest via the link below.


The above schedule, to commence w.b. Monday 5th October, will take time to organise as we gather information from existing and new members, so please be patient as coaches and committee’s work through the admin associated with managing such a large player group. As details are confirmed, coaches will contact individuals to ensure everyone has the necessary information. In the meantime, we ask that players and officials are proactive in purchasing their membership if they are yet to do so.

Club Members

Club members are to purchase club membership by completing the membership form (available here) and transferring funds to the club account.

  • Club Adult: £130
  • Club Junior: £35

Students (BUCS)

New and returning students who are yet to purchase membership are encouraged to purchase in-line with the training group you are a joining. (i.e Club or BUCS). Those who have already purchased memberships for club and/or BUCS environments, thank you! Further details for student members to be provided in the BUCS welcome meeting to be held w.b. October 5th.

  • Club Student: £65
  • BUCS (New incl playing kit): £90+ SU sport membership
  • BUCS (Returning): £60+ SU sport membership

Junior Academy

Please contact or complete the following form to express interest for the Academy.

Expressions of interest:

Booking information sent directly to those who have expressed interest.

COVID Update

As Cardiff enters a local lockdown, all Club and BUCS activities are to return to Phase 2, non-contact training. Coaches will operate within guidance ensuring a safe environment adhering to pre training COVID checks, and track and trace protocols. 

Please do not hesitate to contact our COVID Officers or environment specific COVID Wardens if you have any questions, concerns or wish to report a positive case.

Meanwhile, please stay informed and act in a socially responsible way to keep yourself and others safe and healthy, we look forward to seeing more people back on the pitch in the coming month. 

Luke Hawker
Director of Hockey

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