The England Hockey Board (EHB) is delighted to announce that England has been selected by the European Hockey Federation (EHF) as the host of the women’s and men’s EuroHockey Championships 2015.
The Championships, which will take place in August 2015 at Lee Valley Hockey Centre, will be the first major international tournament to be held in the Olympic Park after the London 2012 Olympic Games and represent the next stage in the EHB’s plans for establishing a long lasting legacy for hockey.
The successful bid was developed by the EHB with the support of London & Partners’ and UK Sport's major event teams, together with the Olympic Park Legacy Company and Lee Valley Regional Park Authority. England was selected as host by the EHF at its Board meeting in Bratislava, Solvakia, on 9-10 March.
Hosting major international tournaments is a cornerstone of the EHB’s strategy as it looks to maximise the opportunity afforded to sport by the Olympic Games. With the inspirational Hockey Nation participation programme rolling out nationwide this spring and 630,000 spectators set to attend hockey matches at London 2012, the EuroHockey Championships 2015 continues the EHB’s commitment to developing an exciting legacy for hockey.
On announcing England as the hosts, the EHF President Marijke Fleuren said,
“With great pleasure we announce the unanimous decision of the EHF Executive Board to award the hosting of the EuroHockey Championships, Women and Men, 2015 to the England Hockey Board.
“It was William Shakespeare who said that ‘no legacy is so rich as honesty’. The England Hockey Board has been honest in its promise of a legacy to hockey, not only today with its announcement, but also when they hosted the EuroHockey Championships in 2007 in Manchester at hockey’s legacy venue from the 2002 Commonwealth Games. We in the EHF are delighted to be going back to another wonderful hockey legacy venue, this time the Lee Valley Hockey Centre.
“The EuroHockey Championships in 2015 will offer the Champions, Women and Men, the best prize: participation in the XXXI Olympic Summer Games, 2016 in the city of Rio de Janeiro. I am sure, that under Sally Munday’s inspiring guidance, the EuroHockey Championships 2015, Women and Men, will be a superb experience for the players, officials and spectators. I have the full confidence that the EHF and England Hockey Board will work together in a spirit of co-operation and partnership.”
Accepting the honour of hosting the EuroHockey Championships, Philip Kimberley, Chairman of the England Hockey Board, said, “We’re thrilled to have been named as the host of the EuroHockey Championships 2015, men and women. The bid team, led by Chief Executive Sally Munday, has done an exceptional job in preparing an outstanding bid and I offer my wholehearted congratulations and thanks to Sally, her team and our partners. This success once again demonstrates our commitment to creating a lasting legacy for people to continue to enjoy playing, watching and volunteering in hockey in this country.”
Simon Morton, Director of Major Events and International Relations at UK Sport said: “The EuroHockey Championships 2015, men and women was an important target event for UK Sport to secure in terms of delivering our ambition to bring the world’s biggest sporting events to the UK as a legacy from the Games.
“Our investment of £500,000 in National Lottery funds has secured another flagship event for an Olympic venue. This will present a fantastic opportunity for hockey fans and participants, inspired by London 2012, to support our teams as they prepare for the next Olympic Games in Rio in 2016.
“We look forward to working with the England Hockey Board and our other partners to deliver a world class Championships.”
Iain Edmondson, Head of Major Events at the promotional organisation London & Partners added: “London & Partners is delighted to have played our part in securing another major milestone in the legacy of the Olympic Park. The Major Events team at London & Partners have worked extremely hard to bring city decision-makers together to support the England Hockey Board and therefore we’re very proud of today’s outcome. We truly believe that winning this calibre of event will attract more Londoners to support and participate in hockey, but it will also continue to inspire international visitors and investors to see London as the world’s most exciting major events destination.”
Margaret Ford, Chair of the Olympic Park Legacy Company, said: “We are delighted to be playing host to the EuroHockey Championships 2015, men and women in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. It is a fantastic opportunity to use the new Lee Valley Hockey Centre to generate even more sporting, commercial and job opportunities after the Games. In winning the right to host 2017 World Athletics Championships and now the EuroHockey Championships 2015, we are beginning to see the powerful draw that the Park is having in attracting major events.”
Derrick Ashley, Chairman of Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, which will own and operate the world class Lee Valley Hockey Centre after the Games said: “This is fantastic news for hockey and this major event is a key part of the long term legacy plan for the sport and the venue. The EuroHockey Championships 2015 will be the first major international sports event to be held in the Olympic Park after the 2012 Games and it will provide a major boost to the sport, inspiring youngsters to take up the sport and helping to create a new generation of winners and champions.
As part of a vibrant sporting and green landscape in the north of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Lee Valley Hockey Centre’s standard 3000 seat capacity will be expanded to hold up to 15,000 spectators with two world class pitches, dedicated media facilities, a supporters village and event management offices. Following the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Lee Valley Hockey Centre will be used by a multitude of users from community groups, schools and clubs to international players for major championships.
The nine day event would comprise of 300 players and team management from approximately ten different nations. The diversity of London’s communities will ensure a warm welcome and enthusiastic support for every nation participating in the EuroHockey Championships 2015.
Notes to Editors
Major International Hockey Tournaments in England
In recent years, England has hosted hockey’s 2007 men’s and women’s European Championships in Manchester, the 2008 men’s and women’s European Indoor Nations Challenges in Sheffield and the 2010 women’s Champions Trophy in Nottingham. The 1987 EuroHockey Championships were also held in London. In November 2010, the EHB lost out to the Netherlands on a bid to host jointly the men’s and women’s World Cups.
In the coming months, Great Britain’s hockey teams will compete at the Visa International Invitational Tournament at the Riverbank Arena (2-6 May 2012) and the Investec London Cup in Chiswick (5-10 June 2012).
About the England Hockey Board and the Hockey Nation programme
The England Hockey Board (EHB) is the National Governing Body for hockey in England. It governs all hockey in England from grass roots to the elite end of the sport. It is also the nominated country for Great Britain Hockey, responsible for preparing Great Britain’s hockey teams for the Olympic Games with the support of Scotland and Wales’ National Governing Bodies. Visit www.englandhockey.co.uk.
The Hockey Nation programme includes initiatives such as The npower Big Dribble, a nationwide tour of 40 towns and cities in April and May, and Hockey Makers, a search for 1500 volunteers to run hockey activities in the lead up to London 2012. More at www.englandhockey.co.uk/hockeynation.
About the European Hockey Federation
The European Hockey Federation (EHF) is the governing body of hockey in Europe. It was founded in 1969 in Cardiff, Wales and its first President was Mr. Pablo Negre. It is composed of the Member Associations of European nations (43) that govern hockey in their countries. The EHF is one of 5 Continental Federations that are affiliated to the International Hockey Federation (FIH), the world governing body for hockey (www.fih.ch).
The EHF’s mission statement is: “To encourage, promote, develop and administer hockey in Europe at all levels in order to maintain hockey as an Olympic Sport on the Olympic Program and maximise participation, standards, enjoyment and community involvement. The work of the EHF and its efforts shall be based on democracy, loyalty, equality and especially recognising the importance of our volunteers.”
The EHF, on behalf of and in co-operation with its member’s organisers indoor and outdoor, men and women, senior, junior (U21) and youth tournaments, both Nations and Clubs throughout the continent of Europe.
The EHF is governed by an Executive Board of elected member, holds a General Assembly every year and is professionally administered from an office in Brussels, Belgium.
About UK Sport
UK Sport’s World Class Events Programme currently distributes around £3.5 million of Lottery funding each year to support the bidding and staging of major international sporting events on home soil. Over 110 events hosted by at least 35 different towns and cities will have been supported from 2007 until the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, attracting around 30,000 athletes and over 27,000 opportunities for officials and volunteers to develop key skills ahead of London 2012. The success of this programme has led to the development of an ambitious event hosting strategy for the post London 2012 period, which will see National Lottery investment increase to £5 million per year. This programme will ensure a major events legacy for the UK by using our new event-hosting assets to establish the UK as one of the world’s leading host nations. Major events included within this programme will need to demonstrate the ability to support the performance objectives of British athletes, create high-profile opportunities to engage people with sport, use and demonstrate the legacy of London 2012 and Glasgow 2014 and drive positive economic and social impacts for the UK. Events already secured for the UK in the period 2013-2019 include the 2017 World Athletics Championships (London), 2015 World Gymnastics Championships (Glasgow), the 2015 Canoe Slalom World Championships (London) and the 2013 World Triathlon Championships Series Grand Final. www.uksport.gov.uk/events
About London & Partners
London & Partners is the official promotional organisation for London. Our company attracts and delivers value to business, students and visitors. London & Partners is a not-for-profit public private partnership, funded by the Mayor of London and a network of commercial partners.
Our remit is to drive leisure and business visitors as well as bidding to secure major events in London, to unlock the city for overseas businesses who want to set up or expand in London and to promote the capital‟s world class universities to international students.
Our intention is to work in partnership with organisations in London and across the world to deliver our goal - that London be globally recognised as the best big city on earth. For more information visit www.londonandpartners.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 07764 633 071.
About Lee Valley Regional Park
Lee Valley Regional Park stretches 26 miles along the River Lee from Ware in Hertfordshire to East India Dock Basin on the Thames. The Park‟s 10,000 acres comprise a diverse mix of heritage sites, nature reserves and open green spaces alongside world class sports venues, attracting over four million visitors every year.
Lee Valley Regional Park is playing an active part in the London 2012 Games. Lee Valley White Water Centre (just north of the M25, near Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire and the only brand new 2012 venue to open ahead of the Games), Lee Valley VeloPark, Lee Valley Hockey Centre and Lee Valley Tennis Centre in Olympic Park will be owned and operated by the Authority in legacy. They will join our existing sports facilities which include Lee Valley‟s Athletics Centre, Riding Centre and Ice Centre, to create a chain of sporting excellence across the region.
In 2015, the World Canoe Slalom Championships will also be taking place at Lee Valley White Water Centre. The centre was the first London 2012 venue to secure a major event for after the Games.
About the Olympic Park Legacy Company
The Olympic Park Legacy Company was established in May 2009 by its founders, the Government and Mayor of London, as a public sector not-for profit company, responsible for the long term planning, development, management and maintenance of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. For more information visit www.legacycompany.co.uk.
From 1 April 2012, the Legacy Company will be reformed into a Mayoral Development Corporation called the London Legacy Development Corporation. The Legacy Corporation will have greater powers over the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and a wider area including planning and development control.
For more information please contact:
Communications Manager, England Hockey Board
Tel: 01628 897 509 / 07525 987 283