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Wednesday, March 21, 2012
The Lee Valley Hockey Centre, the venue for the hockey competition at the London 2012 Olympic games, will host the men’s and women’s EuroHockey Championships in 2015, the European Hockey Federation have announced.
The Championships, which take place in August 2015 will be the first major tournament to be held in the Olympic Park after the London 2012 Olympic games, boosting the England Hockey Board’s (EHB) plans for establishing a long lasting legacy for hockey.
Approximately 630,000 spectators are set to attend hockey matches at London 2012 and the EHB is hoping that a long lasting legacy can be established.
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 this 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 once again 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.”
Philip Kimberley, Chairman of the England Hockey Board was thrilled to accept the honour of hosting the tournament.
“We’re thrilled to have been named as the host of the EuroHockey Championships 2015, Women and Men,” he said.
“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.”
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.
Hugh Robertson, Minister for Sport and the Olympics, said: “I delighted that England has been chosen to host the EuroHockey Championships 2015.
“This adds yet another competition to the portfolio of major sports events that will be hosted in the UK after the Games supporting the Olympic legacy.”
The nine day event would comprise of 300 players and team management from approximately ten different nations.