Although it was tough for the entire sports world last year, field hockey had a particularly tough time in this country.
But Gareth Chalmers, the Glasgow Clan’s chief executive officer, is keeping his fingers crossed for a rosy future.
While several sports have already been able to return to action, there is still a long way off for field hockey. It’s been almost 10 months since the season ended unexpectedly, but despite the indefinite hold of the 2020-21 season, Chalmers remains optimistic that pucks will drop as he and the other nine teams start dreaming about what a new field hockey future will look like.
Chalmers said, “I can’t believe it’s been so long,” We’ve had so many things to deal with, unlike everything I’ve ever seen, it’s a struggle, but for everyone it’s the same. We’ve had to change the way we do things to keep fans involved, and through this challenging period we’ve learned so much. All is gearing up for us to start in September again, but there are so many things to remember.
It’s a huge concern about this new strain of virus, but vaccines are being implemented, so we need to plan for September and see how things are going.
The leagues play all over Europe, but without fan numbers or minimal attendance, they have the financial backing to work. We need to look for a way forward, and we’re talking about how to do it all the time.
For us, of course, it’s at the top of the list to find a new coach and it’s a process that I can really start [now]if we can move forward the way we hope to. We missed everything that we would usually do, and we can’t wait to do it again.
There are still more challenges to jumping, and while there is still talk of the five English teams in the league playing a season due to the government cash they have got, along with Scottish counterparts Dundee Stars and Fife Flyers, the Clan remains firmly on the sidelines.
As far as I know, among the five teams south of the border, there is always thinking of a smaller, shorter league, but it’s not something we’ve ever been involved in,” Chalmers said. “It would not have been possible for us to participate if you considered the expense and everything around it, so our preferred choice was always to sit out 2020/21.
We will have to deal with the new procedures that will come our way as a result of Brexit if we can start again, including higher prices for NHS surcharges [for importing players]and the visa process.
“There’s a lot to sort out over the next few months, but we’re determined to come back better and stronger, and that’s our goal for the coming months.”