Cheshire Hockey Association

Cheshire Hockey Association


2nd AprSport England offering support to clubs nationwide

Sport England have announced a new fund to help sport clubs most severely affected by Covid-19 (Coronavirus).
This new Community Emergency Fund aims to help those ‘who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing crisis.
‘The types of organisations eligible include local sports clubs forced to close at short notice but who are facing ongoing costs around maintenance and utility bills, and voluntary and community sector organisations who deliver or enable sport and physical activity.
‘This £20 million fund is designed to complement other sources of funding from the government, such as funds targeted at small businesses.’

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18th MarCock O’ the North Competition

NORTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION: Cock O’ the North Competition

In the light of all the ongoing effects of COVID-19 and government advice, England Hockey has taken the decision to suspend its nationally run hockey activity.

Following on from this, the Womens Cock O’ the North Competition, usually played late May, has been postponed indefinitely.

17th MarMen’s County Championships and EH Regional Masters Competitions 2020

All: In light of ongoing effects of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), The Men’s County Championships and all the Regional Masters Competitions have been cancelled for 2020.

11th MarEH Governance “A Structure Fit for the Future”

EH Governance “A Structure Fit for the Future”

The North H.A. and the North Hockey League have become increasingly concerned about the misinformation that has recently been circulated which misrepresents their position on the forthcoming E.H. Resolution.

Some of this comes from within the North, and some from across the country where the North position is being misrepresented.
The England Governance Review proposes changes that are designed to bring clarity and transparency and benefit all teams in all the Clubs throughout the country in the light of changes in the hockey landscape which have emerged from the surveys and consultations with Clubs.

North H.A has provided ample opportunity for Clubs to attend roadshows and, more recently, four specially arranged meetings which were held in the N.E., Cumbria, Yorkshire and Lancashire and at which around 70 Clubs and Associations were represented. In a straw poll of those that attended at least 85% showed they were in favour of the resolution as it is proposed. Of the 32 Clubs with teams in the top two North Divisions at least 50% of them attended and only two voted against the proposal.

Thus, the North H.A. North HUA are in favour of the Resolution as are the vast majority of the North Hockey League Committee.

The proposals, as they affect the League Structures, aim to provide more equal opportunities across the country for teams to progress to their highest level as well as organise structures into more logical approaches. In the North the split regions will become more comparable in size to other areas that are not changing significantly – e.g. the West, East– or Midlands that will see less change. The 8 Areas will be more equal in size and more common in structure.
At the upper end the expansion of the England Hockey League has already resulted in 4 North Premier teams moving up into the North Conference and the creation of 4 Conference divisions will mean another two North teams will move up i.e. in many respects the North Conference will become the North Premier in all but name. If the Resolution is adopted the current North HA structures will ensure that the new League structures for 2021-22 will be ready so clubs know what they are playing for at the start of the 2020 -2021 season. The new North-West and North-East Areas will both have progression routes to the England Hockey Leagues.
The NHA committee will ensure that clubs continue to be consulted to produce the new League Structure.

If anybody has any queries, please contact one of the four below signatories.

John Scrini: President North HA and Chair North Hockey League
Annette Badger: Deputy President North HA and Chair North HA Executive Committee
Peter Cocker: Secretary North Hockey League
Chris Reece: Chair North HUA

5th MarNorth Young Umpire Challenge

North Young Umpire Challenge
Do you know any umpires aged between 13-21 who would like to be part of the Young Umpire Challenge at the North In2Hockey Clubs Festival at Leeds University (Weetwood Sports Ground) on Sunday 26th April 2020?
Umpires will be on camp from the evening of Saturday 14th April preparing for the games on Sunday. Accommodation and meals will be provided and each umpire will receive an umpiring shirt. There is an entry fee of £40 for the Young Umpire Challenge but only if an umpire’s application is successful.
Umpires need to have, ideally, already achieved their Club Umpire Award (Level 1), however if they are actively working towards their L1, they will still be considered for selection.
Closing Date for applications is 3 April.
To download the North Umpire Challenge form please click here or email
Please pass this email onto anyone within your club who you think is suitable and would love to be part of this fun weekend.
Thank you.

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Following the meetings that have recently taken place across the North at which Clubs and Associations were given the opportunity to discuss issues relating to the England Hockey Governance Review with members of England Hockey, the North H. A. Executive Committee met on Monday 17th February to consider their response to the proposal which will be presented at the 2020 E.H. AGM on March 17th.
The wording of the resolution will be:
‘Approval of the resolution to endorse the ‘Structure Fit for the Future’ proposal and instruct England Hockey to work with the membership with the aim to deliver the changes proposed in the timeline set out in the full proposal document.’
70 Clubs and Associations were represented at the meetings and the overwhelming majority indicated that they were in favour of the resolution. Accordingly, the North H.A. Executive Committee voted unanimously to support the proposal.
All Clubs should have received the booklet entitled, ‘ A Structure Fit for the Future’ in which the major changes to the way in which our sport is administered and governed are detailed.
The North H.A. Executive encourages all clubs to exercise their vote and information on the voting process can be found on the England Hockey website.
North HA Executive.

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16th Dec (2019)Pro League

You can now buy FIH Pro League tickets before they go on general sale.
You also have the chance to sit with your group for any of the eight sessions if you wish to do so. With our Selector Tool, it’s really easy for you to sit with your group, without one person having to do all the organising. All you have to do is:
1. Agree which matches you'll attend and your ticket category for each
2. Share the 'Hockey Family Link' below with your group so everyone can buy their tickets
3. Use the Hockey Family Selector when you check out to pick which group you want to sit with
England Hockey will then allocate your seats together when the Hockey Family Priority Window closes in January.
With the 2020 Olympics only a month after the conclusion of the league, you don't want to miss the elite of international hockey in their final battle before Tokyo.
Please see link to the Club Guide:

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11th Dec (2018)Urinating at the side of a hockey pitch.

We are seeing an increasing number of complaints regarding urinating at the side of the pitch. As we are sure you will all agree, this behaviour is not only unpleasant but also a contravention of the EH ‘Respect – Code of Ethics and Behaviour’ – Disrepute Offence, not to mention in some cases a criminal offence. We expect all members to refrain from such behaviour. However, in the event of such incidences, in keeping with the revised Disrepute Complaint Regulations, we kindly ask that these be referred to EH as a Disrepute Complaint in the first instance. It is likely that offenders will face a suspension.
If you have any queries on this, Please contact England Hockey

26th Sep (2018)The New North and Feeder league Structure for 2019-20

The New North and Feeder league Structure for 2019-20 (OPTION A1 002) has now been ratified by the North HA Council to be implemented for the start of 2019-20 season.
North HA are now in the process of scheduling Regional meetings with County and league Officers/Representatives to discuss the detail.
Chris Reece
North HA

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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
North Hockey Umpiring Association
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
Chris Reece
North HA

17th Oct (2012)North Web Passwords

All Individual North Web users and Club Administrators - Password Advice. It would be sensible NOT to use the same password on the North Websites as you use for Secure Banking Websites. This is particularly sensible for clubs as they have to share the password between multiple users.

C. J. Reece
Hon. Secretary
North Hockey Association

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