November Festivals Cancelled

Firstly, this is just to confirm that following the announcements from the government and England Hockey over the weekend the November U8 mixed, U10 and U12 girls and boys Festivals are all cancelled. At this time given the dates we have for December I am leaving these in place and will wait to see what happens before making a final decision. Any requests for entries though are likely to be last minute so if you feel you would not want to participate please let me know.

I would though like you to know that I will continue to do all I can to provide opportunities for the children to play competitively because I know how much they all enjoy the Festivals. These are difficult times, but to quote lines from the Poem “If” by Rudyard Kipling

IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;

Apologies to the ladies as the poem at the end refers to “a Man”, but hopefully you will see the sentiment applies to everyone in these difficult days.

Incidentally I did think about quoting Shakespeare Henry V “Once more unto the breach …” but felt I should save this for my next attempt to run the Festivals.

Stay safe, keep well and I will be in touch.


Ian Harvey
GHA Junior Festivals Organiser