The government’s decision to stop grassroots hockey amid a second national lockdown in England provoked a strong and varied reaction on social media.

Gemma Daniels
Absolutely gutted, my daughters mental health was deeply affected not being able to train during the first lockdown. Training could be done easily with social distancing. @CannockHC did this brilliantly during the summer as restrictions were relaxing. I believe that if children can go to school and mix then they should be able to be on a pitch.

Daryl Robsinson
Clubs have worked really hard with volunteers all putting in a shift to adhere to rules, apps, etc. Strongly disagree and makes a mockery of all our efforts – not impressed

Andhika Caddy
The postponement of organised sport is ludicrous. I agree matches shouldn’t be played but localised club activity must be allowed to continue, we have reasonable test and trace, we have ‘covid secure’ practices. Smaller clubs could well fail which would leave people with no physical activity outlet

Simon Honey
We run well organised and covid secure junior sessions at Bicester Hockey just like other clubs.
This shutdown will have huge effects on the physical and mental health of the young generation. We owe it to them to continue with outdoor sport training.
If I felt in any way at risk then I would not run these training sessions.

Sarah Walker
Come on!! How many cases of covid have been traced to open air Hockey pitches? How many deaths? How many cases have even been recorded in local hockey clubs in last few mths?!

John William Rowe
Correct and swift action as we wanted however the disappointment of all within the hockey community Well done England Hockey In my opinion we should not now play until 2021 and give time to plan further However well as all clubs have been to implement COVID policies which they should be congratulated this time should be spent by EH to look at minimum standards amongst clubs going forward. From travelling around although I appreciate clubs may perceive to have different risks every club seems to have slightly different approach Ie Club house open/closed spectator or not Ect it all makes for a very confusing at times for those attending.

Angie Cottee
Really hope we can continue to teach hockey at school after the 5/11. If the schools are open and running as “normal” please let the children play a sport they love.