DUNFERMLINE and Carnegie Hockey Club look set to begin an historic men’s season in October after the sport’s governing body announced an indicative start date.

Last Monday, Scottish Hockey released updated COVID-19 phase three guidance, complete with provisional dates outlining a staged return to competitive action.

Subject to Scottish Government guidelines and facilities, a date of October 3 has been set for the return of Scottish Hockey competitions – which would see Dunfermline and Carnegie men’s firsts play in the Scottish Premiership for the first time.

Last month, Press Sport reported that the team were granted promotion from National League Two after the final standings were decided on a points-per-game basis.

Carnegie were second in the standings and their move up will be the first time they have played in the game’s top tier in the club’s history.

Scottish Hockey’s announcement comes after the Scottish Government confirmed during their latest three-week review of lockdown restrictions that, from Monday, August 24, full contact outdoor sports can take place for up to 30 people, following the guidance of sporting governing bodies.

An indicative date of September 5 has also been confirmed for local friendlies to take place within clubs’ geographical district.

David Sweetman, Scottish Hockey CEO, said: “I’m delighted we’re able to release this updated Phase 3 guidance and announce some provisional dates to work towards competitive matchplay.

“A phenomenal amount of work has got us to this stage, with clubs up and down the country doing incredible work to ensure their members return to the pitch safely, and Scottish Hockey staff working exceptionally hard to establish clear guidance and support clubs.

“We all still have to be cautious, take our time, and follow guidance to ensure COVID-19 is kept under control while we get back to enjoying the sport we love.”