Update from the Executive Meeting who met virtually last Thursday 11th February 2021.

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Update from the Executive Meeting who met virtually last Thursday 11th February 2021.

We hope you and your families are all keeping safe and well.

In light of the government announcement this week that restrictions will remain in place until 5th March and Hockey Ireland’s announcement to abandon this seasons All Ireland league competitions(EYHL) we would like to update you with our plans for all hockey activities in our club. During level 5 we are unable to facilitate any hockey activity, but we are cautiously optimistic that we will be able to resume in March in some shape or form within our own club structures for both Juniors and Seniors. Under normal circumstances the hockey season runs until the end of March for our Seniors and the end of April for our Juniors. We are currently exploring all options to extend the season into May & June to ensure that, despite the current lockdown, all Junior and Senior would receive a comparable number of sessions to other years. The logistics of this needs to be considered and approved in conjunction with your coaches so please bear with us while we explore all the options. On a positive note our 2 club coaches Mukhtar & Imran are still both in Ireland and are both busy putting together individual and team skill sessions for when we can return to hockey.

We are yet to hear anything official from Leinster Hockey regarding the provincial leagues. Once we have this information, we will share it with all the club.

We would like to very much acknowledge and recognise all the individuals and families that have supported the club by paying their membership. It’s because of this Portrane Hockey Club will be around for the future and able to open its facilities once again when it is safe to do so. We do understand that these are unprecedented times and different families are in different financial situations. If you are anxious to talk to us about you or your family membership, we would ask you to contact us in confidence as we as a club certainly do not want to add any further stress to anybody.

We also as a club want to very much thank and pay tribute to our club sponsors who have continued to be fully supportive of our club during these extraordinary times. We especially are grateful to our main club sponsor “Keeling’s Fruit” who are once again on board this year.

  • With this unprecedented and challenging situation, we ask members to look at hockey and this season differently. We are currently looking at options such as extending the current season as well as implementing a ‘Summer 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 traditional off season and summer months. We understand the positive impact it has been both physically and mentally to be able to see teammates, exercise, play the sport we love, and we are committed to allowing our members to get back on the pitch as soon as possible.

  • In the meantime, we continue to progress with club infrastructure projects. Works continue on the newly installed portacabins at the side of the pitch with the toilets due to be connected in the coming weeks. The club have appointed a subcommittee to work with both Fingal County Council and Donabate Portrane Community Centre to explore all matters with regards to the management and upkeep of the pitch including future pitch improvements and these discussions are ongoing.

As part of the Capital Sports grant funding that was allocated to us last year, we are enhancing the existing equipment and we have purchased a second set of full goals which will be used for training and X8 matches. We have also purchased an electronic scoreboard and match clock which will be installed in early summer ready for next season.

As part of our application to the Fingal County Council enhancement program we successfully secured funding to go towards benches and outdoor picnic tables for the side of the pitch again these will be in place by early summer.

The Club has benefited from some funding from the Sport Ireland Club Resilience Fund accessed through Hockey Ireland, this funding will ensure we have enough resources for the next few months, and we can implement a safe return to Hockey.

Thanks to our Child protection officers Caroline Kavanagh and Fiona Tighe who have been working in the background on our documentation and risk assessments as part of the Children’s first act 2015.

Follow the documentation link on our website www.portranehockey.com

  • As we are one club, the Executive Committee are welcoming all thoughts and suggestions on our return to hockey and future direction of our club. As a rapidly expanding club we are anxious to encourage anyone who has an interest in our club whether it be Administrative, Fundraising or Coaching, we would absolutely love to have you so please reach out if you have ideas you wish to share, or send an email to Club secretary Anita Patterson at secretaryportranehc@gmail.com or phone Club Development Officer Adrian Henchy at 0876859260.

We know much of this news is disappointing, but once we are in a position to safely return to play, we plan to hit the ground running with hockey for all our membership initially in the outdoor setting but we are also fully committed to “Indoor Hockey” and look forward to continuing this form of our great sport when Indoor settings are cleared for play also.

Take care, stay safe and we look forward to hopefully seeing you all as soon as it is safe to do so back practicing and playing hockey at our pitch.

Warmest regards,

Club Executive

Portrane Hockey Club.

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