Spalding 4th (in white) in action just before the season was curtailled. Photo by NIGEL COOKSON

Hockey club get back into training

Spalding Hockey Club are returning to action this weekend.

The club are set to host a series of training sessions and friendlies throughout the spring and summer.

While there’s no official fixtures against other clubs currently planned, the club asked players if they’d like to start playing after the lockdown ended rather than wait for the season to re-start again in September.

The club’s previous campaigns at all levels were null and voided following the most recent lockdown.

But their first training session back is set for Saturday (April 10).

The Surfleet-based club will be holding junior training sessions on Saturday mornings.

That will be followed by senior inter-club games on Saturday afternoons.

Senior inter-club games are also scheduled to take place during midweek where possible.

Club chair Elaine Allen said: “We sent a questionnaire to all players in March and the response was an overwhelming desire to start playing in April, so we have put together a Back to Hockey Spring Program.

“We know that this may be too soon for some players to return and there was no pressure, we wanted everyone to feel comfortable and to return when it is right for them.

“As a club we have worked with all of the committees and governing bodies to make sure we have put all the necessary precautions in place to make hockey a safe place to play.

“Our aim is to provide a fun and friendly atmosphere so people can enjoy playing hockey again.

“Going forward we hope to offer a summer league and friendly games with local opposition as and when restrictions are lifted.

“Many thanks to the SPARC committee who maintain and run the facilities and to all our sponsors who continue to support us, ARK IT, BGL Group, Bulley Davey Hub Rural and Hills Furniture.”

For more information visit the club’s Facebook page or website

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