Everyone that is involved in hockey has a duty of care to others within the sport and a legal and moral duty to ensure their safety and welfare.

The Welfare Officer for Mens Hockey and Junior Boys is Steve Sanderson

The Welfare Officer for Ladies Hockey and Mini Hockey is Julie Carter

All volunteers, coaches, team managers, technical delegates and officials are encouraged to work to high standards in line with Belper H.C.’s policies and recognised best practice.


Belper Hockey Club has adopted SafeD England Hockey’s Safeguarding and Protecting Young People in Hockey Policy. This policy shows commitment to creating and maintaining a safe and positive environment for all young people involved hockey.

To learn more about England Hockey’s Safeguarding Young People Policies and Guidelines click the link below to access the dedicated page on the England Hockey website:

SafeD – Safeguarding and Protecting Young People in Hockey

Download a copy of SafeD HERE

England Hockey Safeguarding good practice guidance documents can be found HERE



Respect England Hockey’s Code of Behaviour outlines the expected levels of behaviour for everyone involved in hockey. A copy of this can be found here.

Respect – Full Document – Interactive

To learn more and England Hockey’s Inclusion, Diversity and Compliance click below to access the dedicated page on the England Hockey website:


EH Equality_Policy_-_July_2014

Belper HC Membership Ts&Cs (as agreed by all members of this website): Belper Hockey Ts & Cs

Incident/Accident Report Form: Incident Accident Reporting Form

Photography Guidance:   Taking and Using Photographic and Recorded Images of Young People

Use of Social Media Guidance: Think Before You Post

Use of WhatsApp: WhatsApp Guidance

If you have U18s in your team, Captains and Managers need to be aware of this Checklist: Belper Hockey Captains & Managers Checklist 2020


Belper Meadows Community Sports Club (BMCSC) holds insurance covers for its liabilities towards third parties and those within its employ including fully paid up members of its representative sections when acting on behalf of BMCSC e.g. Volunteering. Please be aware that members are NOT covered by this insurance when playing and or training in their sport.

Insurance cover for injuries sustained by individuals when playing/training in their sport would be classed as Personal Accident insurance; this can be purchased by individuals or groups of individuals  through their Sports’ Association or insurance brokers, e.g. Perkins Slade.

Individuals with responsibility for the safety and welfare of others whilst playing or training in a sport (typically coaches, trainers, umpires, referees) are best served by holding their own liability insurance, in some cases this is provided by their Governing Body, otherwise it can be obtained from insurance brokers.

Hockey Player’s Protective Equipment

Hockey as is the case for many sports involves an element of risk i.e. a combination of possible harm and likelihood of that harm occurring. Whilst Belper Hockey will endeavor to promote safety, ultimately players (or their parents/guardians) assume that risk by consenting to be involved in all aspects of hockey. In the same manner all players have a responsibility for looking after their own safety and that of all others on and off the pitch.

Please be aware that members are NOT insured through the Club when playing their sports on the Ground. It is the member’s responsibility to acquire their own personal injury insurance.

1) England Hockey Guidance on Face Masks (updated March 2018):

‘EH strongly recommends, in line with the FIH rules of hockey (The Rules of Hockey 4.2), that across all age groups and playing formats Face Masks should be worn. It should be noted that Face Masks can be worn throughout a match if there are medical reasons why that is appropriate.’

Belper Hockey strongly recommends, in line with the FIH rules of hockey, that across all age groups and playing formats, Face Masks should be worn when defending short corners. Face masks may be made available by Belper Hockey, however personal masks selected and maintained by the individual are the recommended option.

2) England Hockey Guidance on Gum Shields & Shin Guards (updated March 2018):

‘EH strongly recommends wearing shin, ankle and mouth protection whilst playing hockey. See The Rules of Hockey 4.2. There is lots of evidence to suggest that gum shields prevent a number of injuries.’

Belper Hockey policy is that players should provide their own gumshields and shin guards.

LEFT HAND GLOVE.  Belper Hockey advises all players to wear a suitable and robust left hand glove during matches.

Managers, captains and other officials may elect to mandate additional measures according to the format that they are involved in.