July 29, 2020

The EIHA Board has been working to support members over a challenging and uncertain period whilst still moving forward to support clubs to prepare for the 2020/21 season.

Following a grant of over £340,000 from Sport England, the EIHA is in the process of finalising monies to be transferred to clubs over the coming weeks as part of their commitment to support players, coaches and off-ice officials at this time recognising the premature end to the 2019/20 campaign and the impact on clubs and participants.

Registrations from the 2019/20 season have already been extended with a further confirmation this week of an extension to allow participation to take place during Phase 2 of our Return to Play guidance. The extension of registrations from 2019/20 will see players, coaches and off-ice officials covered up to 30th September 2020 – with recreational players having an equivalent extension up to 30th November 2020 – at no cost to participants.

The EIHA is also due to open registrations in August for the new season with rates being discounted for all participants for the 2020/21 season. All new registrations will run from 1st August 2020 until 31st July 2021 – 1st October 2020 until 30th September 2021 for the Recreational Section – allowing any new participants to register and be insured. All standard registration rates will benefit from a minimum of a 20% discount for the 2020/21 season to support clubs but are planned to revert to normal rates next season.

EIHA Director Ken Taggart said: “We are in the incredibly fortunate position to not only receive monies from Sport England following work by the board to secure Sector Partner Funding, but we are also able to confirm a discount to support clubs in a challenging time.

“This gives our sport time to get back on the ice under our Phase 2 plan and beyond prior to having to re-register for next season which we are in the process of confirming details of with sections.

“Whilst this has been a challenging period for all sports, we are working hard to get everyone back to rinks as quickly as government advice allows.”

The EIHA will be introducing an online registration process for players, coaches and off-ice officials to ensure a smooth transition back to rinks. The new online registration form, payments and full list of registration rates will be posted online shortly along with ancillary information to support club administrators.