Covid no hurdle to hockey in the Manawatū

2020 Hockey New Zealand Administrator of the Year – Ally Roberts (Manawatū)

Ally Roberts went above and beyond her normal responsibilities in 2020 to manage a full and successful hockey season through Covid-19 alert levels.

During the 2020 lockdown, Hockey Manawatū’s Office Manager spent an inordinate amount of time developing plans and reducing operational costs. As a result, the Association was well placed financially and operationally to provide a full and enjoyable season to the community when hockey resumed under Level 2.

Roberts helped develop comprehensive Covid response plans, facility maps and posters, meaning Hockey Manawatū had phenomenal processes in place to ensure we complied with Government regulations and provided a safe venue for our community.

Hockey Manawatū also had the opportunity to host 23 teams for the Lower North Island Secondary Schools Premiership tournament. Despite getting the final go-ahead with less than a week before the tournament’s start, Roberts worked tirelessly to produce safety plans and facility maps – ensuring they were well communicated to all participants and spectators.

She also managed to find time to help neighbouring Associations with their administrative and communication tasks, supported the Hockey Manawatū volunteer committees, provided administrative support to Aotea Maori Hockey and somehow still had the energy to come up with exciting new ideas to engage the community and increase their enjoyment. One such idea was a thank you event for volunteers.

Roberts is an incredibly deserving recipient of the Hockey New Zealand Administrator of the Year award.

Posted on Tuesday, 4 May, 2021 | CommunityFeature