Find out more about the changes being implemented across England to restructure hockey and how we run and develop the game at a local and area level as we start an exciting new era bringing all adult, junior, masters and officiating together under the umbrella of North West Hockey, working with our Counties in their updated roles.
The 2020-21 season has been one like no other on the pitch – but also off the pitch as a small army of volunteers and England Hockey have been working to implement the new A Structure Fit for the Future (EH - March 2021) and the eight new Areas. For the North West this means a fond farewell to the North Hockey Association and Regional Umpiring Associations as those will be replaced by the new North West and Yorkshire/ North East Hockey Areas.
The planning is almost complete, and we will be formally moving to the new structure from 1st July 2021. Clubs have already been involved in a range of consultations over the past 9 – 12 months on the changes including Junior hockey, officiating and the new league structure – with 97.5% of Clubs voting in favour of the new league structures in the North West. Clubs have also been busy completing all their playing and team information for next season to feed into England Hockey to enable the new game management system to be configured and set up for the new season.
The changes mark an exciting time for hockey and are a once in a generation opportunity to build on past work, but also reflect the changing world we live and work in to create opportunities for as many people to access and enjoy hockey at all levels, ages and abilities.
As shared by England Hockey earlier in May we really are Getting Set for a Summer of Change (EH - May 2021) as all the planning turns to implementation. One of the big changes for everyone will be the use of a single system to manage fixtures, player registration, results and the end of paper match sheets – the first phase will be delivered this summer. There will be lots of supporting communications but one of the big changes will be, similar the England Hockey Participation Agreements, everyone involved in hockey (players, coaches, officials, managers etc) will need to individually sign up to the new system from August ahead of the new season.
All change in the North West !
To help steer through the transition to the new structure and gather feedback and inputs there have been a range of volunteer working groups set up across the North West to do a lot of the leg work, with a common framework with the seven other new Areas. Counties have also been working on their future role too. Thank you to everyone who has been involved, responded to consultations and drafts and sat on the groups.
The North West Transition Working Group was chaired by Chris Reece, and made up of:
Julie Longden: England Hockey Relationship Manager
Peter McInulty: NWHL/Bebington H.C.
Shelagh Everett: Timperley H.C.
Rebecca Stamper: Cumbria
Niall Riley: Cheshire WHL/Triton H.C.
North West Hockey Ltd has now been registered at Companies House and the Transition group are assuming a shadow role until the election of the Board at the AGM. A Nominations Committee has been established to set up the new committees and is currently working through the expressions of interest received from across the Area. Thank you to everyone who has put themselves forward.
Ways to find out more and get involved
Join us for the inaugural AGM of North West Hockey on Wednesday 14th July 2021 at 19:30 – the meeting will be held via Zoom to enable as many clubs and hockey community to attend and to reflect current Government restrictions.
The Calling Notice will be published shortly, as well as the formal and governance aspects of the AGM including electing the new Board, there will also be the opportunity to find out more about the plans for North West Hockey looking forward and of course ask questions!
As we move into this new era for hockey the North Hockey Association will be holding its final AGM on Tuesday 29th June 2021 at 19:30 as part of the transition to the new structure. Our County Associations, Cumbria, Lancashire and Cheshire who form North West Hockey will also be holding their AGM’s over the next few weeks and updating Clubs on their role going forward.
North West Hockey League Structure 2021-22 Final & Team Entry
As you will be aware at the England Hockey AGM in September 2020, the membership gave a clear mandate (86% in favour) to implement ‘A Structure Fit for Future’ proposals from England Hockey (www.englandhockey.co.uk/agmresolution). The proposal set out plans to move from the current governance structure in the sport to a leaner, more simplified structure for future years. This is a significant change project that will take a few seasons to fully implement but will start from the 2021-22 season.
A North West Adult League Working Group was established, involving volunteers that came forward to support the change process, from the counties and the current Men’s and Women’s leagues in the North West. The aim was to develop the new North West leagues based on the overarching principles as set out in the ‘A Structure Fit for Future’ proposals from England Hockey. Many clubs have been involved in the consultation process over the past 6 months or so, and there was excellent representation from clubs at the forum on 8th March where representatives from the Working Group presented the draft final league structures.
Thank you to everyone who has been involved and contributed to the development of the new North West Leagues.
The Working Group are now in a position to share the final version of the new North West leagues for 2021-22 season. Please see attached the Men’s and Ladies leagues, and the presentation outlining the process that the Working Group took in developing the new leagues.
With regards to team entries for the new season, your club should have received an email from EH last week with a request for this information – please see details below. Can your club please complete this by 26th May? If you have any questions on completing the team entries form,
please contact the clubs team on firstname.lastname@example.org
North West Adult League Working Group
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