We have developed an FAQ specifically for the central belt following the additional restrictions announced in Ayrshire & Arran, Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Lanarkshire, Forth Valley and Lothian.


Is hockey a contact sport?

Yes, hockey is considered a contact sport.


What do the new restrictions mean for my club?

As of Friday 9th October at 6pm adult (18+) contact sport must stop for clubs and members within the affected health board areas outlined by Scottish Government.

This means training and any planned fixtures during this time must be cancelled and no adult contact activity can take place.

Adults can train observing 2 metres physical distancing in groups of up to 30.

Under 18 training and fixtures can take place as planned previously.


What are the affected health board areas?

The ‘central belt’ area covered by these measures is based on NHS Health Boards.

Those covered are NHS Ayrshire & Arran (North, South and East Ayrshire local authority areas); NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde (Glasgow, East and West Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire, and Inverclyde); NHS Lanarkshire (North and South Lanarkshire); NHS Forth Valley (Clackmannanshire, Stirling and Falkirk); and NHS Lothian (Edinburgh, East, West and Mid-Lothian).


What date will restrictions be lifted?

The new restrictions are in place until Sunday 25th October (inclusive) but this date could be subject to change and any change will be led by Scottish Government.


Where are the boundaries of these areas?


Can adults still take part in hockey as per guidance in Phase 1 or Phase 2? ie less adults in zones from restricted number of households with social distancing in place?

Yes, adults can train observing 2 metres physical distancing in groups of up to 30.

We would like to stress that 30 is a maximum number and where possible should be reduced to ensure member safety.


I live in an affected area but my club plays in an unaffected area. Can I travel and train/play for my club?

No, people of any age from the affected areas should not travel outside of their area for hockey activity.


Can a club travel through an affected area to play a match against a club in a different unaffected area?

Yes, a club from an area not under restrictions can travel to another club from another area also not effected by restrictions as long as the Scottish Government travel advice is adhered to.


Can under 18 training and matches still take place?

Yes, this training can still take place as long as previous Scottish Hockey guidelines are adhered to.


Can an adult attend the under 18 training sessions / matches to coach or umpire?

Yes, adults can attend as a coach or umpire as long as the ratio of 1 coach to 10 players is in place and in line with max pitch numbers for training and matches.