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AN UPDATE FOR HOCKEY ASSOCIATIONS
  This weeks’ Association Newsletter includes resources and advice with the current on-going COVID-19 situation, as well as key updates about our AGM, the Sky Sport Next Launch as well as an update on our Performance Network   
  WHO ADVICE  
  MOH POSTER FOR CLUBROOMS  
HOCKEY NEW ZEALAND AGM FRIDAY 24th APRIL 3-5pm
  As we are all safely in our bubbles thanks to COVID-19, for the first time ever we will be conducting the Hockey New Zealand AGM online. This will be undertaken via Microsoft Teams, a communications and collaboration platform that utilises functions such as video meetings, online chat and file sharing.

Hockey New Zealand will shortly be sending out the invite to all those who had originally RSVP’d to the AGM and to all Association lead contacts and their Chairs. This will be sent via email and will look like a traditional meeting invite/calendar appointment request.  
  CLICK HERE FOR THE INSTRUCTIONS ON JOINING THE AGM  
ASSOCIATION MEETING NOTES 08/04/20
  HP Pro League – will not be going to India or China in late May which were our last Pro League fixtures in 2020 Effectively means no more int’l hockey in immediate period due to postponement of Olympics Working on plan through to Tokyo Olympics 2021 Commonwealth Games likely to move in 2022 but only by a few days Sport NZ Rules around personally liability for directors has been relaxed for all organisations Measures around AGM flexibility are being provided DIA and Class 4 making progress. Measures to support gaming societies. Director liability as above. Work underway to understand what is possible at Govt alert levels TAB down 75% from normal activity significant impact on sports who benefited from this i.e. football, basketball Community Trusts are less effected, most are still granting. A 1/3 have set up Covid-19 support funds for people so important to connect with any local community trust you may have. Less restrictions on community trusts and they are being flexible in order to support. Turf maintenance continues to be non-essential at this time but looking for dispensations for golf and others that would have long term impact Lockdown – alert level information on Sport NZ page etc. We have developed some information which is with Sport NZ/MOH for feedback. MOH website a good place to go. Sport NZ providing access to counselling services Recovery package – going into budget bid end of next week. Don’t really know what this will look like until budget is released early May Aktive (Auckland RST) has been running sector resilience workshops and are now available wider than just Auckland RSOs. HPSNZ and Sport NZ have confirmed investment till the end and mid-2021 respectively. Still a little bit of work to do on the PEGS payments and how this operates with the support received from Sir Owen Glenn. Hockey NZ Board meeting tonight 8 April. Mike unable to make the call today and he wanted to reinforce that community hockey is the focus for us as an organisation. Working through worst case and base case financial scenarios for HNZ Working with commercial partners in a partnership way to understand how they are placed and how we are placed to find a scenario where we come through together RDP and CHM funding We are putting to board tonight that we recognize first instalment of RDP and first ¼ of CHM. Simplified reporting template to capture what has occurred and what you had planned to allow us to work with funders whom are supporting that programme. Please find this attached if you can please complete and return to Rachel that would be appreciated. Affiliation fees Our affiliation fees run 1 July 2019 – 30 June 2020 Affiliation invoices from December are for period 1 July 2019 – 31 Dec 2019 so are still due however we can provide flexibility in payment across this calendar year to assist with cash flow for you. Affiliation invoices from January are for 1 Jan – 30 June 2020. What we are currently modelling for 2020 affiliation is as follows. If no hockey occurs for the rest of the calendar year would look to have no affiliation fees If hockey does occur would look to invoice based on level activity able to occur this year and most likely between 25-50%. This would be invoiced in Dec 2020 for payment in 2021 Happy to work with Associations on individual requirements and support your situation if raised individually  
Community Hockey Leaders Video Catch Up
  We have scheduled the next Community Hockey Leaders meeting for all those working in the Community Hockey space (e.g. RDM’s, RDO’s, CHM’s) to be on 16th April at 11 am via the MS Teams platform. All those who have joined the platform should be able to see the meeting listed under the ‘Meetings’ channel on the team and/or have received an email inviting them to the catch-up.

Please note we have updated the type/format of meeting for the next Community Hockey Leaders Catch Up, as in light of the COVID-19 situation, we thought that as a community we might like to have some discussions and share ideas, and the Live Event function on Microsoft Teams, unfortunately, doesn’t allow this.

The agenda has been posted to the Team, but if anyone has anything, in particular, they would like to share or discuss, please get in touch through Teams or email Rachel as we have a question and answer session that we can easily slot any topics into.

See you all on the 16th April!  
  COMMUNITY HOCKEY LEADERS CATCH UP AGENDA  
Performance Network Update
  CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FULL LIST OF INVITED PLAYERS WHO HAVE ACCEPTED THE INVITATION TO TRIAL FOR THE NETWORK  
  In line with Hockey New Zealand decision to cancel all representative hockey for 2020, we have postponed the July U21 Event. The April Selection Camp has also been postponed.   Programme Update  The Performance Network – ‘A holistic development programme focusing on what the player needs. It can include players, coaches and umpires. We have capacity for up to 50 players per gender, players will be 18 or over as at the 1st January, will be outside of the Vantage Black Sticks national squad and will be showing the right characteristics and skills to potentially enter, or re-enter international hockey.’
Please note this includes current development squad players. The programme is significantly subsidised by Hockey NZ, however, there will be a user pays contribution later in the year when a selection event is confirmed. There is no cost to the player at this point.

Our network coaching staff, Colin Stewart (upper North Island), Mark Borgers (lower North Island) and Aaron Ford (the South Island) have made contact with each player in their designated area to understand their current situation and provide support.

We have connected all invited players and staff via video conference providing an update on the Performance Network, the current situation surrounding hockey and COVID-19.

Players will receive an ‘at home’ strength and conditioning programme to support their physical development over the coming weeks.

Junior World Cup – We know that the JWC for both the men and women will be played in late 2021. The men will be in India and the Women in South Africa. We also have confirmation that we are required to compete in a World Cup qualification event in December 2020. There are two qualification spots available for Oceania, Hockey NZ intends to host this and this event remains in our planning at this stage.

All other programmes – Postponed until further notice. We will provide an update for 2020 when the situation surrounding COVID-19 becomes clearer.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Bryce Collins (Athlete Pathway Manager) at [email protected]  
NEW ZEALAND WELCOMES FIRST SUSTAINABLE HOCKEY TURF
  In an exciting first for New Zealand, Hockey NZ partner – Polytan, has proudly supplied and installed the first environmentally-friendly hockey turf at the National Hockey Stadium in Wellington. Developed using Green Technology (GT), Poligras® Tokyo GT® is a world-first hockey turf that was designed specifically for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games to align with their progressive sustainability policies.
Poligras Tokyo GT features filaments made from over 60% regrowable raw materials, specifically sugar cane. Using BioBased PE, a sustainable dimension has now been added to the outstanding playing properties of the tried-and-tested polyethene monofilament fibres. Other sustainable features include a shock pad that sits underneath the surface which uses fully recycled rubber and a binder that has been produced with CO₂.
Aside from the green benefits of Poligras Tokyo GT, it also offers first-class playability and performance for hockey players and has been tested and certified by FIH. By incorporating exclusive COOLplus® yarn technology, which reflects infrared rays, studies have shown that the surface temperatures are consistently 10-20% lower than competitive systems. This means better player comfort and a reduced need for irrigation. Ball speeds have also increased by 15% on this new surface compared with Poligras Platinum which was used at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Polytan is proud to have been a part of this first for New Zealand hockey and would like to thank the Wellington City Council and Wellington Hockey Club for their support and assistance.
For more information on Polytan’s world-class, sustainable turf, please contact:
Polytan NZ General Manager, Cody Linton
T: +64 4 802 3960
M: +64 21 831 061
E: [email protected]
W: www.polytan.co.nz  
SUPPORT AVAILABLE THROUGH AKTIVE & SPORT NZ
  Sport New Zealand and Aktive have developed a range of resources to support the wider sporting community during this difficult time. The resources cover several areas around funding and the support available to sports during this period. 
Hockey New Zealand have set up their own COVID 19 page on our website. Please encourage your community to regularly check this for any further updates around the starting of competitions or tournament information.  
  CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE FULL SUPPORT DOCUMENT  
SPORT NEW ZEALAND COACHING RESOURCES
  Sport NZ are releasing a resource providing coaches tips for development during the lockdown. Below is a link to their first article. We understand they will be providing follow up information on each of their tips including insights from coaching leaders from around the world. You can also find more resources for coaches and the wider sporting community on their Facebook page and website.  
  CLICK HERE FOR THE COACHING RESOURCES  
SKY SPORT NEXT
  Sky Sport Next have today put out the first Hockey Home Advantage Video. This features our Performance Network Coaches and Black Sticks players putting together training sessions for our hockey community.    Could we please ask that you share the Hockey Videos on your channel to ensure that our community is able to engage with these.  
  CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE SKY SPORT NEXT CHANNEL  
Upcoming Key Dates
  Community Events 16th April – Community Leaders Video Catch Up 24th April – Hockey New Zealand AGM   POSTPONED EVENTS 2020 Awards Dinner – Date TBC Balance is Better Regional Forums  
Current Situations Vacant
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