February 2021 Hockey Ireland Update
Dear Members, Parents and Associates
Following Hockey Ireland’s decision yesterday to abandon the 2020/21 All-Ireland EYHL, the Pembroke Wanderers Executive Committee would like to note and hopefully answer questions you may be asking, and what we are discussing moving forward.
– We know this news is disappointing and we all have been looking forward to getting back to hockey. As an executive committee, we support the decision on behalf of the club as this action will help society as a whole. The EYHL is an exciting and highly competitive competition; any attempt to push through with almost certain breaks would make it difficult for our players to compete at their peak and increase risk of injury. The decision to abandon the league will aid in Ireland’s continued battle with Covid-19, as well as set up the competition for a strong return in the 2021/2022 season.
– We are yet to hear from Leinster Hockey regarding provincial leagues. Once we have this information we will share it.
– We would like to thank all of those that have supported the Club by contributing subs. It’s because of you Pembroke will be around to open its doors when we come to a time its safe to do so. This year will be one of our most challenging financial years for a long time and it is important that we are able to minimise those losses so we can continue to improve the club.
– With this decision, we ask members to look at hockey and this season differently. We are currently looking at options such as extending Summer Hockey, as well as implementing a ‘Return to Hockey’ programme. We will have more information on this once the current restrictions have lifted, but we are committed to resuming hockey for members through the summer months. We understand the positive impact it has been to be able to see teammates, exercise and play the sport we love, and we are committed to allowing our members to get back on the pitch as soon as possible.
– On this note, we anticipate our Junior Club will be the first group to return to hockey once restrictions are lifted, and we are looking at options to extend junior training and skills sessions into the summer.
– In the meantime, we continue to progress with club infrastructure projects. Replacement of the back pitch has gone out to tender. Wilson Architects have been appointed to repurpose our changing rooms, upgrade showers and extend the balcony. We will also be focusing on disability access and green energy initiatives as we upgrade our clubhouse. We are in the process of applying for a Sports Capital Grant which we hope will offset some of the costs if successful.
– As we are one club, the Executive Committee are welcoming all thoughts and suggestions on our return to hockey. Please reach out to committee members if you have ideas you wish to share, or send an email to IAmPembroke@gmail.com
We know Friday’s news is disappointing, but once we are in a position to safely return to play, we look forward to rebuilding our community, across all of our members, and come together to focus on our centenary planning for the 2022/2023 season.
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