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Club file: How is coronavirus affecting your hockey club?

The Hockey Paper has launched a health check campaign to offer advice to clubs during the pandemic – and we need your help to bring it to life.

Whether you are a player, official or volunteer, we are aiming to gather as much information as possible (from UK and worldwide) on how the hundreds of clubs are tackling the outbreak so that we can then share tips and advice for others.

Either use the comments section below, respond on social media when we publish our health check articles or email us at newsdesk@thehockeypaper.co.uk

— Has your club sought emergency funding from Sport England and, if successful, how will this help?

— Is your club facing financial peril? If so, what are you doing to raise funds?

— Will your club be delaying, waiving or extending membership fees? Or coming up with innovative ways to attract or keep playing members?

— Does your club have any feel good human interest stories to share?

— How will the current climate affect hockey and your club?

— Do you foresee changes to the club set up to help bring in much-needed income?

— With an uncertain future for local businesses and SMEs – many of which support grass roots sport – how will this impact upon your hockey club and are you already looking to the future?

— If you are a player, how have you been coping not being able to play? Do you worry about your club and if it will be able to cope when we are allowed to go back to playing?

There are likely to be an array of different scenarios facing clubs, given the largely volunteer aspect, coupled with those who run as a business with clubhouses and outside events, down to clubs who run with no home and play at schools or different venues.

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With club hockey so far suspended until June 30, there will be many clubs who face differing problems – and we want to hear about them.

We will compile all the correspondence with the aim for THP to be a helpful portal across our platforms. We will also be asking the experts, leading officials and clubs to feed you all the information you need.

We aim to be back in print in August ahead of – hopefully – the new season and our second #watchyour1s campaign.

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