The Covid-19 pandemic may have meant postponement of all hockey tournaments for the summer of 2020, but SWMH this week announced the squads that were selected prior to the outbreak.
The squads include the over 35s team – the first time Scotland have fielded a team in that age group.
“We felt it was important to recognise the achievements of everyone who was selected to play, coach or manage their country,” says Jacky Burnett, SWMH Administrator, “and this was one way of doing that. “Everyone was really looking forward to hosting the Home Nations in Edinburgh in June and to participating in the World Cups in Nottingham, England and Cape Town, South Africa. We also want to say thanks to everyone who came forward and took part in the trials – it makes for a much more competitive environment and increases the skill level all round. “But, whilst we can’t be together on the pitch, we are coming together in different ways, ensuring we stay connected and supportive during this time.”
The Masters have taken Scottish Hockey’s #ClubPledge to maintain togetherness and community. This means they have committed to:
- Hold team online (Zoom/Teams/GoTo) meetings
- Host virtual club social events
- 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.