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The Funeral of John Nash

The funeral of John Nash will take place at 3pm on Wednesday 21 June at Gloucester Crematorium, Coney Hill Road, Gloucester, GL4 4PA, with refreshments afterwards at Oxstalls Tennis Centre (Plock Court), Tewkesbury Road, Gloucester, GL2 9DW.

All friends are welcome.

Posted: 06 June 2017

The Passing of John Nash

It is with much sadness that we have to announce that John Nash, long-standing member and Life Member of HGWHUA, has passed away.

We are awaiting news of the funeral arrangements and will post details in due course.

Posted: 31 May 2017

Newent Summer League

The Newent Summer League starts on Monday 12 June and will run for 10 weeks with all matches starting at 8.20pm.

Anyone wishing to umpire should contact David Lillywhite at as soon as possible confirming their availability for Mondays 12, 19 and 26 June.

If you wish to be involved but are not available during June please also contact David so that you can be included in future availability requests.

Posted: 28 May 2017

Mike Smith Memorial Fund

The Chippenham Men’s Club is establishing a Memorial Fund in Mike Smith's name with the objective of supporting/encouraging youngsters to play and enjoy their hockey at Chippenham.

To get this going the club are planning to hold two matches and a BBQ at the Club on Saturday 24th June, starting at 12:30. The first of these will be a mixed Vets game featuring current and "past" Vets. It will be a great opportunity to see the likes of John "Angry" Cull and Mike "Bucko" Buckland roll back the years to when hockey was real hockey and played on real grass. The second match will be a Past v Present 1st XI, where the club hopes to put together the 1st XI from the very successful 2010/11 season to play the current squad.

The day is a fund raiser for the Memorial Fund, but it will be an opportunity to remember Smithy and his exploits both on and off the pitch.

At the AGM for HGW it was announced that the Chris Tomlinson award, which is presented annually to an HGW member in recognition of their services to the association, was being given to Mike. This will be presented to Sonya at the event.

Posted: 06 May 2017

Club Umpire Developer training

England Hockey have announced the launch of the Club Umpire Developer training through their Hockey Hub. The module is designed to help learners identify what good umpiring looks like and how to give constructive feedback to umpires. Read more about it by clicking on this link: hockeyhub.englandhockey.co.uk/clubumpire

Posted: 20 March 2017

Notes from 2016 HUA Conference

This was held in June and representatives from HGWHUA attended. The summary document of the discussions can be downloaded below…

HUA Conference 2016 Notes »

Posted: 17 October 2016

HGWHUA Radio Sets

HGWHUA is pleased to announce that active panel umpire members will be receiving a radio for the 2016/17 season. This is a large investment in technology which we hope will significantly improve the quality of umpiring for all clubs.

The Committee have assembled a document in response to commonly asked questions, which can now be downloaded below...

Download the Radio Set FAQs »

Posted: 26 September 2016

Update to Red Card and MMO Regulations 2016

EH Statement – ‘Following representations from the regional hockey associations and umpires we have updated the red card and matchday misconduct offence regulations so that from the start of the 2016/17 season any player who received a red car after committing a minor offence for a second time, having received a yellow card for the first offence, will no longer automatically receive a 16 day ban. This brings the rest of the sport in line with the EHL regulations.

We would also stress that offences involving the use or threat of violence or verbal abuse will continue to be treated seriously and will incur a minimum 16 day suspension.’

The Red Card report Form will still have to be completed where a red card is issued following a second yellow and the updated form can be found under Coaching & Discipline.

Read the full release »

Posted: 11 September 2016

Rule change effective from 26th February 2016

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) recently announced changes to the Rules of Hockey, specifically rule 13.2 which relates to the taking of the attacking free hit within 5 metres of the attacking circle.

These changes came into effect in the international game on 16th February 2016. England Hockey has considered the implications of these changes from a number of perspectives and, in line with the desire for consistency in rules across the game, has decided to implement them at all levels of the 11-a-side game in England from Friday 26th February.

Further information and guidance has been uploaded to the England Hockey website »

Posted: 25 February 2016

Communication from EH Umpiring - Penalties for Dissent

There has been some recent confusion over what personal penalties (cards) and team penalties (free hit or PC) should be awarded for fouls and dissent by players in the 23m that they are defending. As a result, NPUA has contacted FIH for clarity and an agreed position with FIH has now been arrived at.

Read the NPUA guidance, which has the full backing of England Hockey.

Posted: 23 October 2015

New Rules

There is an excellent online presentation on the new rules that can be found at:


This has been written by Hamish Jamson who umpired at the 2012 Olympics, 2014 World Cup and will be umpiring in the European Championships later this month.

Posted: 07 August 2015

Guidance on the new Rules of Hockey

England Hockey have issued this guidance on the new rules that will be in place from 1st July 2015. Very interesting reading.

Rule Changes Guidance

Updated: 29 May 2015