Member Update

20 May 2020

Dear Lions members,

I hope that you and your families are staying well in the face of the corona virus pandemic, and coping with the COVID19 restrictions imposed on our daily lives. As part of the gradual relaxation of these restrictions, as laid out in the “WA Roadmap”, non-contact sports training is now allowed under strict guidelines.

Club training has recommenced under strict protocols that have been specifically developed and endorsed by the committee for each of our training venues at Lemnos Field (Shenton Turf), Melvista and Tregonning. These protocols align with Hockey WA’s Return to Training Framework, which was developed in consultation with Hockey Australia and DLGSC and is underpinned by the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Framework for Rebooting Sport in a Covid-19 Environment.

These COVID19 Protocols are available on the club website and will be updated from time to time as circumstances and relaxation of restrictions evolve. THEY MUST BE ADHERED TO BY ALL CLUB MEMBERS FOR ANY LIONS TRAINING SESSIONS AT ANY OF OUR TRAINING VENUES – LEMNOS, MELVISTA AND TREGONNING.

Notwithstanding this very positive development, Hockey WA has not yet finalised the structure of the 2020 hockey season competitions for any of our teams. Several live options remain, but early July is now firming as the earliest possible start date, with finals potentially stretching into mid-October. These options provide Juniors with approximately 10 games for the season, seniors and masters with up to 12 games and our top teams with up to 15 games plus finals.

Once the season calendar is finalised, the committee will be in a position to revise our membership fee structure for 2020. Our no-fee, no-play policy still applies and remind you that the club’s player insurance only covers registered members. It would be much appreciated if those who are in a position to do so pay the current membership fee in full, but for those suffering financial hardship, remember that casual membership is available.

Finally, I remind you that Hockey WA recommends all players, officials and spectators download and use the COVIDSafe App.

All the best,

Bill Mackenzie