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11th Dec (2018)Urinating at the side of a hockey pitch.

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

11th Dec (2018)North RYUAG Treasurer and Committee Members

The North RYUAG are now looking for a new Treasurer, After many years of exceptional support our current Treasurer has decided to step down due to increased work commitments. If you are interested in supporting the work of the RYUAG helping develop the next generation of top level umpires, please send an expression of interested to David Haynes, Chair of RYUAG.

20th Oct (2018)Chris Parke - Rotherham Hockey Club’s player and coach Chris Parke

Chris Parke
Rotherham Hockey Club’s player and coach Chris Parke has had a major injury fracturing his neck in a freak accident (non-hockey related) whilst on a hockey tour 10 weeks ago. He is still in the critical care unit at City Hospital, Nottingham after having a number of emergency operations.
It is not yet known how long he will take to recover from his injury but the Doctors say it could be a very long time.
He is currently making good progress and has partial movement above his waist but nothing else. His neck brace has been removed during the day and he is being weaned off the ventilator that is supporting his breathing. He is being continually monitored and looked after 24 hours a day by the superb staff at the hospital. Doctors have advised Chris and his family that it is very difficult to predict whether any permanent damage has been done and that his injuries are such that he may never walk properly again. When his body is strong enough for him to breath on his own it is expected that he will be moved to a special spinal unit.
Chris, who is 21, has been a club member since he was about 8 years old and is currently in the Men’s 2nd team and coaches in the youth section. He has made many friends at the club and we are all devastated that this injury has occurred.
His family have asked us to thank everyone for all the kind good wishes at this difficult time.
His friends at the club are aware that Chris and his family will need a tremendous amount of support both moral and financial for them to deal with the after effects of this injury. The club is holding a number of events to raise money for Chris’s long term care including a “Sponsored Walk” on the 21st October around Rother Valley Park, a ”Hockeyathon” on 15th December and some other events. A “Just Giving “ Site has been set up Just Giving: Chris Parke if anyone wishes to contribute to the fund.
We all wish him well and look forward to a speedy recovery.
David Woodward, President, Rotherham Hockey Club.

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8th Oct (2018)New - North Masters Over-35 Squad Development

Over-35 was introduced as a new age group at international level last year. In 2019 the first England Regional tournament will be held in which the North will compete against South, West, East and Midlands at O-35 level (both men and women).

The mens' O-35 selection committee is up and running and on the lookout for talented players who would be interested in trialling to represent the North in this competition. Contact Rick Dewhirst (see contacts) if you're interested, and spread the word!

The ladies are still developing an O-35 selection committee but are likewise keen to hear from any players interested in representing the North. Contact Jacky Murray (see contacts) if you're interested.

15th Jun (2018)Head Injuries

England Hockey is undertaking a project looking at the number and causes of head injuries in hockey.
Ali Willoughby, North HA Welfare Officer is collating the information for the North. Could all clubs please forward completed accident forms to Ali (
This applies to all head injuries, regardless of the age of the player.

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