Borders hockey clubs sign up to pledge

Despite their inability to play matches at present, Scotland’s 100 hockey clubs have been invited to sign a club pledge to keep the sport connected and vibrant throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Ralph Mellon
Thursday, 21st May 2020, 5:10 pm
Peebles and Berwick HCs have signed up, along with Kelso and Fjordhus Reivers
Peebles and Berwick HCs have signed up, along with Kelso and Fjordhus Reivers

Over 60 of them put pen to paper in the first week – including Fjordhus Reivers, and Kelso, Peebles and Berwick Hockey Clubs.

More could be looking to sign on the dotted line during May, with the club pledge available at www.scottish-hockey.org.uk/clubs/club-pledge/.

The aim is to bring the hockey community together and connected, while showcasing the good work being done by clubs and to enable other clubs to do the same.

Scotland’s hockey club members are being urged to maintain club togetherness and community to help the sport to thrive.

By making the pledge, the clubs will:

Hold weekly club/team online (Zoom/Teams/GoTo) meetings at the time their training session would be.

Host virtual club social events – online quiz; karaoke; party nights.

Set club challenges to raise money for charity and good causes – for example, run 5k and donate £5.

Profile club members who are on the front line – working in the NHS, carers, supermarket workers. refuse workers, etc.

Paul Elliott, communications manager at Scottish Hockey, said: “Scotland’s hockey club members are missing the bonds and companionship they get from playing and training with their team mates for the game they love.

“This initiative helps clubs and teams maintain those bonds and keep spirits high in preparation for that time when we can all meet up again on the hockey pitch.

“In the meantime, we are hoping all our affiliated hockey clubs will make the club pledge to maintain the great sense of community and togetherness people enjoy through hockey.

“There’s also an amazing amount of fundraising taking place through club pledge so, collectively, we will hope to establish the amount of funds which have been raised for good causes right across the country.”