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Bourne Deeping Hockey Club are ready to resume activities again

Patience will finally pay off for Bourne Deeping Hockey Club when they return to action next week.

The Dragons had been given the green light to return to playing again at the end of last month as part of the first step over easing the coronavirus restrictions.

However, due to a lack of pitches available to the club, they will have to wait until Monday night to return to their current league base at the Arthur Mellows Village College in Glinton.

The Dragons men’s teams will be back in training on Thursday night.
The Dragons men’s teams will be back in training on Thursday night.

Their restart date is normally when the league campaign would be close to finishing but, due to the coronavirus pandemic forcing that to be terminated, club officials have decided to make the most of having the chance to play again.

Committee member Kirsty Martin commented: “Due to life not being normal, we thought that we would add to the abnormality and play hockey when we usually have a break before the summer term.

“We have found that for the players’ mental and physical health we believe that it was necessary to recommence back on the pitch as soon as it was deemed possible.

“We are adhering to the England Hockey and Government Covid guidelines on track and trace and we welcome any new members to the sessions, either returning hockey players, or anyone looking for something new to try as life is too short not to give hockey a go.”

The Dragons will commence open sessions from Monday night for ladies from 6.45-9pm with the men playing on a Thursday from 6.45-8.30pm. Players must be aged 13 years and over to attend the training.

All current Bourne Deeping members will need to book online via the club’s website www.pitchero.com/clubs/bdhc while any interested newcomers should message the club through the website or their Facebook page at bournedeepinghc

Junior training sessions are held on a Saturday morning during term time.
Junior training sessions are held on a Saturday morning during term time.

Sessions are free to all current paid up members and £5 per session for all others. There are no spectators allowed pitch side unless its is one parent or carer only for an under 18 year old. All parents are required to abide by the necessary Covid guidelines.

The club will also be offering opportunities for youngsters from the age of six years upwards to take part in training as well as competitive games through friendlies and county competitions.

All coaching is delivered by both adults and young leaders who are trained and have been screened for their suitability for working with young people. The club also supports the Duke of Edinburgh award programme.

Junior sessions are on a Saturday morning during term time from 9-10.20am at the Arthur Mellows Village College. The cost is £4 per session.

Friendly matches for all age groups are organised throughout the season against other local clubs and Bourne Deeping are keen for players to experience competitive hockey and they have teams in the Under 11s and Under 13s Lincolnshire Junior Leagues.

The squads train together on Saturdays from which the team managers select three sides for each tournament (there are up to six throughout the season including a finals competition).

Anyone requiring further information should contact the youth coordinator Sue Oakley on 07984 967692 or email sue.bdhc@gmail.com

The club successfully achieved its Sport England’s ClubsFirst accolade in 2010 which is awarded by England Hockey when a club is able to demonstrate that it meets the standards with its playing programme, safeguarding and protecting children, sports equity and ethics as well as club management.

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