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New speakers confirmed for Equally Amazing Leadership Forum

Fr, 11/25/2022 - 12:53

Several new speakers have been confirmed for the EHF’s Equally Amazing Executive Leadership Forum from March 24 to 26, 2023 in Brussels, bringing together leaders in our sport to drive change on and off the field of play.

The purpose of the forum is to bring together like-minded people who are progressing on a journey of Equally Amazing leadership in our sport, to inspire, provoke and learn from each other.

The target audience is current and future leaders within the EuroHockey family, be they general secretaries, board members, directors, executive staff members or decision makers.

Each member national association is invited to nominate one male and one female participant to take part in the forum which is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.
In addition to the previously announced speakers, Elisabeth Cebrian Scheurer, Head of Women’s Basketball with FIBA, will deliver a keynote talk entitled ‘Moving Forward’.

A special guest panel will include EuroHockey vice president Inez Cooper, FIH Director of Sport Jon Wyatt, EuroHockey executive board member Marcos Hofman and IOC Safe Sport expert Tine Vertommen leading the ‘Wake Up, Be Awesome’ discussion. ‘Club Culture’ will be the focus for Atlètic Terrassa’s Mirela Gali Reyes and City of Birmingham Hockey Club’s Jeevan Chagger.

** You can download more information on our special guests, plus a flavour of who else will be there at this link: Download here

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#EquallyAmazing – how national associations put their pledges into action

Do, 11/24/2022 - 11:44

To launch the EHF’s #EquallyAmazing campaign in 2019, Member National Associations joined together to push for greater equality of representation in their respective organisations.

In 2021, we extended our support to our members through the EuroHockey Executive Leadership Forum where nations pledged what they would do and have done to push new doors and make equal opportunities in our sport around the continent.

We have a look at some snapshots of these below:

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In Belgium, they pledged to grow their Girls Power initiative and offer specific training on the promotion of women’s governance in club’s boards.

The Girls Power project is ongoing, focusing on recruiting more young girls into clubs, train more female coaches and umpires and recruit more women into governing bodies.

In Scotland, they targeted a 10% increase in the number of youth members coming from state schools by 2025, using this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

The initiative was called Hamish’s Heroes (after their mascot Hamish the Hippo), and involved providing a set of free resources for every school that registered, including: a Welcome letter; Fun Fours (U10s) six week lesson plans for teachers (suitable for P5 and below); Hamish’s Heroes pupil booklet including hints and tips from international athletes; Super Sixes (U12s) six week lesson plans (suitable for P6-7s); Posters advertising the Commonwealth Games match schedule (incl. Scotland games) and pics of international athletes.

Between 240 and 250 schools across Scotland registered; as part of the project, they offered both free entry to a festival programme and free teacher CPD over the summer term. The majority were from the state school sector and they hope this will have a knock-on effect for club membership.

Austria pledged “to bring more females onto the hockey board”. This has proven successful with the governing body now taking the next steps to arrange a meeting with all clubs to aim to implement a 1+1 (1 woman, 1 man) attendance at official meetings.

In a similar vein, Bulgaria welcomed Emilia Vitanova as a marketing and project manager as part of a drive to increase the number of women involved in the organisation.

The Czech Republic also helped create a more diverse and hockey-focused board with Karolina Paterson taking on the central role as the new head of the High Performance Committee.

In their new structure, the two national captains have formed part of an athlete’s committee to grow their input into the organisation. Poland have also introduced a gender-balanced Athlete’s committee – this features four men and women alongside a main convenor to ensure an equal approach.

In addition, Poland pledged their commitment to create new attitudes to volunteerism in the hockey community, showing strong examples from other countries through their social media.

It has has an impact with the amount of volunteers for the international events they have hosted in the past two years more than trebling; particularly pleasing is the youthful age profile.

Cyprus pledged to “bring in more active players, both men and women, by pushing the association to organise more events to promote the sport”.

This has proven largely successful. To this end, the central event saw hockey presented to a wide range of schools in the Olympic building of Cyprus, an event where many federations could set up a mini-pitch/area to advertise their sport to incoming students in different middle schools.

This had the knock-on effect of the GC School in Nicosia requesting a presentation about the sport with other schools in the pipeline.

Lithuania’s focus has also been on youth involvement. They have finalised a Youth Leadership Academy programme to coincide with the 45th anniversary of Lithuanian Hockey while they also now have a fully operational children’s league taking place each week.

Greece fulfilled one of its pledges – to get recognition of the federation from the Hellenic Olympic Committee after an eight-year break – while work is ongoing to get their next concrete pledge of a restored hockey pitch is ongoing.

Portugal’s ambitious plans to triple their number of players is underway as they expect to double their tally soon.

They made a “big bet” on the Under-8 and Under-12 age groups with lots of fun outings, halloween tournaments, carnivals, Christmas, Father’s Day and Mother’s Day events.

The growth in female players has allowed them to push to stop having mixed teams at Under-15 and Under-18 level and have only boys and girls teams in due course.

** What the NAs have say about their initiatives **

Poland’s Piotr Wilkonski: “Repeating good examples and showing examples from other countries in our social media, we have increased the interest in supporting hockey as a volunteer.”

Portugal’s Patrícia Filipa Gonçalves Ângelo: “The good work we have been doing so far in Portugal will be reflected years later. We had practically no girls and women playing hockey, so to be able to constitute exclusively female and male teams is a victory. So we will continue to work towards making our sport accessible to all.”

Scotland’s Kelly Fillingham: “Between 240 and 250 schools across Scotland registered for our Hamish’s Heroes project where we offered both entry to a festival programme and a free teacher CPD. We have created good links to have further discussions and further festivals… so that will hopefully develop the pathway from school to club.”

Lithuania’s Ugne Chmeliauskaite: “We already see the benefits of our alumni program; three of them are working on being coaches, five are actively involved in umpiring sessions and others are a huge help in local community building activities.

Cyprus’s Lambros Lamprianou: “We can safely say that we have helped push hockey to new heights in Cyprus”

Croatia’s Renata Gregurek: “It feels it is going in the right direction. In these post-covid times, we managed to enlarge the number of kids in the Croatian hockey family.”

Belgium’s Christophe Tallon: “We commit to continue our groundwork on gender equality in the Belgian hockey community by continuing our grassroots actions in the Girls Power campaign and by organising specific training on the promotion of women’s governance in club boards.”

** The Executive Leadership Forum in 2023 can be found out here and how member National Associaitons can nominate people to the forum

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Luxembourg avail of EHF Solidarity Grant support for Level 1 course

Fr, 11/18/2022 - 13:24

Luxembourg Hockey Club hosted a self-sustained level 1 coaching course via an EHF Solidarity Grant under the Twinning Programme with the KNHB.

Nacho Gomez Acedo Diaz, former technical director of Luxembourg Hockey, developed the course in conjunction with the federation and the local government.

The EHF linked Nacho up with educator and former Argentina international Cecilia Rognoni for the course. Previously, she also acted as Nacho’s mentor during his time on the EHF’s Coaches 4 Europe programme.

They joined together for the course at the Sport Centrum of Luxemburg for a two-day course.

The first day saw a theory session targeted at parents involved in the hockey club, 14–18-year-old players and the two trainers already responsible for the club in Luxembourg.

Day two offered the chance for a practical session. This time, the Hockey Club group from the first day was combined with 12 sports teachers from different schools across Luxembourg. These teachers had no experience of hockey but were willing to try hockey in their schools.

For the schoolteachers, a focus was placed on grip basics and creating safe environments for their school sessions.

In total, they spent 6 hours on the field working with the group, correcting their technical skills, rules, and grip.

“To grow our sport, you have to put your energy into countries who are not developed yet,” Cecilia said of the course and the efforts being made to develop the game in smaller nations like Luxembourg.

“It is very important. The EHF and the FIH are doing a good job [to work on this] and this is a first step.”

“I worked with kids here who are interested in being coaches in the future. There were 12 sports teachers here and I am very happy to share all my experience with them and hope, next time, there will be even more people taking part.

“Starting with the schools, we can get more children involved and show them hockey is a really beautiful game. When you do that, I am sure hockey will grow.”

Luxembourg currently compete in the Belgian and German adult leagues as well as running a corporate league. The club also run youth coaching and games for those aged 5 to 18. Go to https://www.hockey.lu/ for more information.

** For more information on EHF Solidarity Grant’s, click here: https://eurohockey.org/ehf-solidarity/

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Latest Coaches 4 Europe and Top Coaches Programme intake announced

Do, 11/17/2022 - 11:08

The latest intake for the EuroHockey Coaches 4 Europe and Top Coaches Programme has been confirmed with 24 up and coming coaches from 12 different countries chosen to take part.

The Coaches 4 Europe (C4E) is an international coaching programme. It is designed to encourage coaches to think about the philosophy of coaching through individual technical, individual tactical and team tactics.

It is for coaches who have already advanced their development and show the potential to become a high performing coach within their chosen environment.

The EHF Top Coaches Programme (TCP) is an international coaching programme. It is designed to encourage coaches to think about elite coaching principles.

In addition to the practical implementations from on-field tactics through to the philosophy of managing elite teams, the programme will assist in developing their ambition to deliver world class performances.

It is perfect for coaches who are already, or have set their sights on, coaching within elite clubs and / or national teams.

Announcing the selection for C4E and TCP, Chair of the Coaching Committee, Inez Cooper said: “We are delighted to announce the selected candidates to the two programs for the coming year.

“As always, we were delighted by the fantastic response to the nomination process from so many National Associations.

“We hope everyone has a great experience on the C4E and TCP and hopefully with more face to face opportunities the opportunity to learn from each other will also be enjoyable.”

** You can find out more about the two programmes here: https://bit.ly/3DXKIoo

Coaches 4 Europe (C4E) Barbora Čecháková (Czech Republic) Benjamin Guinotte (Belgium) Chris Attard (Malta) Francisco Antonio Uzal Lorente (Spain) Jack Kyle (Ireland) Kay Gaffney (Ireland) Leanne King (Ireland) Louise Casneuf (Belgium) Luka Vegič (Slovenia) Martin Capouch (Czech Republic) Martin Vig Rasmussen (Denmark) Mateusz Mazany (Poland) Matteo Vaccargiu (Italy) Patricia Ângelo (Portugal) Top Coaches Programme (TCP) Dawid Zimnicki (Poland) Eimear Cregan (Ireland) Helen Jelley (England) Ion Camio Lopez (Spain) Jason Klinkradt (Ireland) Kelly Fillingham (Scotland) Olivier Coulon (Belgium) Robbie Turner (England) Tiago Ventosa (Portugal) Tomáš Procházka (Czech Republic) Wouter Van Hecke (Belgium)

Eimear Cregan (left) coaching last season (Picture: Adrian Boehm); Czech coach Tomáš Procházka pictured above (Pic: Frank Uijlenbroek

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Tickets on sale for EuroHockey Championship 2023

Di, 11/15/2022 - 16:44

Tickets for the EuroHockey Championships 2023, which will be held August 18th-27th at  SparkassenPark Mönchengladbach, are now available through the tournament website at eurohockey2023.com

Up to 100,000 fans can experience the tournament up close and personal in Mönchengladbach. The spectators can look forward to 16 teams – all in the world’s top 20 – contesting 40 high octane games across the men’s and women’s competitions. More than that, the winners automatically qualify for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.  The pricing structure offers something for all with the cheapest category 3 tickets starting at just  €12.50. 

“We have gone to great lengths to ensure that every hockey fan can experience world-class field hockey live at the Hockeypark in Mönchengladbach, no matter what their budget,” said Niclas Thiel, Commercial Director of the Deutsche Hockey Bund. 

The fixture schedule was announced last week with a series of eye-catching fixtures on the agenda which the host country’s coaches are already planning for.

“Even though we are currently focusing on the World Cup in January, the home European Championships is of course a highlight that has long been on our minds. For many of us, it will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience in our own stadium, playing for the title,”  says André Hennig, German men’s national coach.

“The Netherlands is likely to be our toughest competitor. They clearly dominated 2022 and are always favourites. France has continued to develop recently – especially in view of the Olympic Games in  Paris. The French are therefore likely to be our toughest rivals for a  semi-final ticket. Wales is certainly an underdog, are hard to play against and will not be a foregone conclusion.”

German women’s coach Valentin Altenburg added: “We are very pleased to be able to host the EuroHockey Championship for all teams. With England and Ireland, we have two teams in the group that we know well from the FIH Pro League and the World Cup and hold in high regard.

“With Scotland as our third opponent, we will be playing a team that is still unknown to us. Both groups promise exciting duels right from the start of the tournament. Regardless of the draw and our opponents, our goal is to reach the semi-finals.”

Group discounts and European Championship season ticket 

Large groups of over 50 people can get into the stadium from Monday, August 21st to Wednesday, August 23rd at special rates, starting at €7 per person. The offer will appeal to teams, clubs and fan clubs. 

Smaller groups of 10 fans or more can also avail of reduced rates on these days. Here, tickets are available for €10.30 per ticket in price category 3. 

For the enthusiastic, hardcore fans, there is another great offer: the EuroHockey Championship season ticket brings a significant discount: 10 days of hockey for the price of 8 days. All season tickets can be booked in one block, so the most loyal fans sit together. A good atmosphere is guaranteed! It pays to be quick as the season tickets are only available in limited numbers. 

Motto Days – a hockey event for ALL.

The EuroHockey Championships 2023 want as many people as possible to watch world-class hockey live. Therefore, “Motto  Days” are planned from the Monday to Wednesday of the EuroHockey Championships with various fan groups given free entry. 

On Monday, August 21st, school classes will have free admission when they pre-register their class group. 

Tuesday, August 22nd is Volunteer Day. The German Hockey Federation would like to say thank you here to all people who are involved in voluntary work no matter in which area, no matter if young or old. Admission for volunteers is free on Tuesday, August 22, 2023 with pre-registration. 

On August 23, people with a disability will receive free admission. On this day, the Hockey ID EuroHockey Championship Grand Final will also take place in the afternoon at the Hockey Park. The free ticket allotments (schools, volunteers) can be requested at eurohockey2023@deutscher-hockey-bund.de. 

Buy your tickets here. 

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Slovenia and MHC Oosterbeek twin together with Solidarity support

Di, 11/15/2022 - 11:14

As part of the EHF and KNHB’s twinning initiative, MHC Oosterbeek connected with the Slovenian Hockey Federation recently to help hockey grow in the country.

MHC Oosterbeek’s Albert van Tuil and Hans Robert van der Doe

The EHF and KNHB provide Solidarity Grant assistance for initiatives from clubs and federations in countries where hockey as a sport can still grow with clubs from the Netherlands, passing on their experience both from on the pitch and in the governance realm. Earlier, Oosterbeek had linked up with a new club from Split, Croatia.

In Slovenia, only three clubs currently exist in the eastern part of the country near Murska Sobota; all three have their own pitch and clubhouse and are within 15 minutes drive from each other, all set in a charming rural environment.

The main challenge for the federation is to make hockey bigger in Slovenia, helping the three existing clubs to grow but also to expand so clubs can emerge in other parts of the country in bigger cities like Ljubljana and Maribor.

In the first stage of this twinning project, two club members from Oosterbeek – Albert van Tuil and Hans Robert van der Doe – visited the Slovenian clubs, attended several matches as Under-17, adult and veteran level and had round table meetings with staff, players and trainers on the hockey culture in both countries and on chances to involve more people in Slovenia.

In the next stage, they hope to inspire the representatives from the three clubs by experiencing the “spirit” of a “average” Dutch club with 900 members.

“For both sides, this kind of exchange is valuable, inspiring and fun. We all get to know new people, cultures and circumstances where we can learn from. We look forward to the next step.”

Andrej Grah from Slovenia Hockey beamed with enthusiasm: “It was a real honour and great pleasure to host Albert and Hans Robert and receive such useful information.”

** To find out more about EHF Solidarity Grant support, click here: https://eurohockey.org/ehf-solidarity/

 

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Uddingston the 2022 winners of the EuroHockey Club of the Year for large clubs

Fr, 11/11/2022 - 13:32

Uddingston Hockey Club have won the EuroHockey Club of the Year to become the first club to twice receive such an honour since its introduction in 2007.

The Scottish outfit won the large club category for 2022 having previously won the medium-sized category seven years ago as they continue to promote the sport in Glasgow.

Uddingston Hockey Club President, Allan McGill said of the honour: “The club are simply delighted to have been awarded this award particularly after winning European medium Club of the Year in 2015, which, even then, was a major achievement for the club.

“From the win in 2015, we have continued to develop the club with a particular focus on community engagement and youth development as we felt this was key to the long term sustainability of the club as a whole.”

The club is committed to being a high performing club that lives in the heart of their community and works as a hub for those living in the local area. This has prompted a string of initiatives which have burst into life in the last two years.

Uddingston is working with local community partners on projects such as the Men’s Shed to help tackle men’s mental health and give a positive space for the local community to come. They have donated land and resources at the club to this project and its a well used facility.

With the Bothwell/Uddingston action group, the club participates in food bank deliveries. In conjunction with the Harvest Church Group, they provide six weeks of hockey, food and transport for a local church group working with disadvantaged youngsters which will run every year.

As part of the South Lanarkshire active schools initiative, the club brings hockey to over 250 kids a week with all costs absorbed by the club. They are working with active schools to identify barriers for children participation in sport and break them down.

Another initiative focuses on children from with the Women’s Aid Service project, offering hockey sessions and services to children within the school holiday period to provide respite for women who need to focus on their own needs as well as their children.

Walking Hockey is offered, providing a physical and emotional support to a group less mobile while to help with the current financial crisis, the club host a “kit bank” where people can bring their unwanted sticks, shoes and kit and offer these out for free to people who might need them.

Supporting this range of ideas requires big volunteer support which Uddingston nurtures through a volunteer reward scheme, giving credit for every hour they help out; this credit can be spent within the club structure.

It has helped double membership numbers in the past three years and assisted the development of excellent new facilities at the club which hosted a EuroHockey Championship qualifier tournament in August.

That success was evident in the supporting statement of Scottish Hockey in their application form for this award, stating: “The biggest success for the club has been the number of external partners they have cultivated across Scotland and beyond to help them drive their projects. They have in excess of 15 partner organisations they work with to bring together the projects they currently run.

“This has meant an increased profile for the club which has led to benefits in the local community but being chosen to host the recent EuroHockey qualifiers to great success and domestically becoming a Gold accredited club with both Scottish hockey and Sports Scotland.”

Scottish Hockey Regional Development Manager Kelly Fillingham added: “Having worked with Uddingston hockey club for the last two years, I have seen first-hand the tireless work the club put into all their projects to develop as a club both on and off the pitch.

“They work to offer a space for the entire community to come together with the club at the heart of that. They have developed a world class facility for their hockey teams but, bigger than that, they have become a standard bearer for what can be achieved if we look beyond the pitch and engage in the community around us.”

As winners of the EuroHockey Club of the Year, Uddingston will receive €1,000, an EHF Club of the Year Pennant and a VIP visit by a EuroHockey ambassador to present the awards.

To find out more about Uddingston Hockey Club, check out the following outlets:

Website: http://www.uddingstonhockeyclub.co.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UddingstonHockeyClub/

Instagram: @uddyhockey

Twitter: @UddyHockey

 

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LUC Ronchin wins EuroHockey Club of the Year award for small clsub

Fr, 11/11/2022 - 13:30

Lille University Club (LUC) Ronchin Hockey has landed the 2022 EuroHockey Club of the Year in the small club category as their unique approach to sustainability and innovative initiatives to reach a wider community have borne fruit.

“LUC Ronchin Hockey is very honoured to receive this award. It allows us to highlight and congratulate directly the volunteers and educators who work for the life of the club and the local population,” said Philippe Caucheteux, president of LUC Ronchin Hockey. 

“It is an achievement, but also a source of motivation that makes us want to go further. We hope and are convinced that this title will allow the club to experience other great moments and other projects to be born.”

Among the projects is the Hockey Potager scheme which allows parents and children on Saturday mornings to practice one hour of hockey and one hour of gardening and environmental awareness on the club premises.

It has often been highlighted, notably during the European Sustainable Development Week and by the French Federation. 

It is part of the club’s strong commitment to sustainable development and respect for the environment.  The hockey garden is proof of this, as is their watering system for our pitch, which uses over 75% rainwater. 

The club is one of the first in France to organise walking hockey and adapted hockey sessions while they host several initiation sessions and a tournament for local schools to take up the game as well as an open day with the French team to supervise them.

Volunteers are often highlighted on social networks and the club’s website for the actions they carry out and are rewarded during the awards evenings which take place a couple of times a season. They help organise a “Super Veterans” tournament for many years.

It has helped the club – which has roots back to 1928 but has been under its current banner since 1990 – grow to have several adult teams, a mixed team and a hockey school open to a diverse public and have an impact on the local population.

“The club is proud of the projects that have been in place for several seasons and in particular since the end of the Covid-19 health crisis,” the club stated in its entry form.  

“The projects allow diverse and varied populations to practice a sporting activity in order to be healthy, all in conditions of use and practice respectful of the environment and in a friendly and family atmosphere.  

“The hockey school has almost doubled between last season and this season, proving that our project of education through hockey works, notably through numerous hours of hockey practice in schools close to the club by our educator last year and this year.  

“We are proud, apart from the performances of our teams, to keep the image of a club outside, friendly, warm, open to all and where good humour reigns.”

As winners of the EuroHockey Club of the Year, LUC Ronchin will receive €1,000, an EHF Club of the Year Pennant and a VIP visit by a EuroHockey ambassador to present the awards.

To find out more about LUC Ronchin Hockey Club, check out the following outlets:

Website: https://lucronchinhockey.com 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lucronchinhockey 

Instagram: @lucronchinhockey                                  

Twitter: @LucRonchin

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2023 EHC pools and schedule announced

Fr, 11/11/2022 - 10:07

The 2023 EuroHockey Championships Women’s and Men’s pools and fixture lists have been confirmed for the event which runs from August 18th to 27th in Mönchengladbach, Germany next summer. 

The highlight of the European hockey calendar, the event will feature 40 games between 16 teams, all ranked in the world’s top 20 over 10 thrilling days of action. 

Opening night on August 18th features two big clashes in women’s Pool B with Germany’s Die Danas hoping to delight a big Friday night crowd when they take on Scotland after 2022 Commonwealth Games winners England face 2018 World Cup silver medalists Ireland. 

Pool A features 11-time winners the Netherlands who begin their title defence against Spain (WR: 7) on day two of the event.  Belgium and Italy complete the group. 

The men’s competition gets under way on Saturday, August 19th with reigning champions the Netherlands coming up against the increasingly competitive France in Pool B. 

Germany face another side on the rise with Wales looking to build on their World Cup debut. 

Sunday, August 20th sees the last group make their debut in the tournament with Spain facing off against Austria while their Pool A rivals will be Belgium and England who meet in their opening tie of the competition. 

The four group line-ups were determined by the FIH World Rankings as they stood in September 2022. 

Following the group stages, each country will play three round-robin group games with the top two in each section advancing to the semi-final stages while the third and fourth place sides will contest Pool C to determine who finishes in fifth to eighth place.  

The top six finishers overall will qualify for the 2025 edition of the EuroHockey Championships. Seventh and eighth place will go into the qualifiers system due to take place in 2024. 

The EuroHockey Championship winners will also earn a place at the 2024 Olympic Games. 

Tickets for next summer’s main event will go on sale next week. Please note, match times are subject to change due to the requirements of television or other factors as determined by the EHF.  

The sequence of all Pool C and classification matches will be formally confirmed on completion of the pool matches.

EuroHockey Championships pools and fixture schedule (Mönchengladbach, Germany – August 18th to 27th) 

Note: Match times and schedule subject to change due to the requirements of television or other factors as determined by the EHF. 

Note: The sequence of all Pool C and classification matches will be confirmed on completion of the pool matches. 

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Nomination period open for EHF Umpire for Nations and Umpires for Europe programmes

Do, 11/10/2022 - 08:26

The EHF Institute has opened nominations for the EHL Umpires for Nations (U4N) and EHF Umpires for Europe (U4E) programmes which start in 2023.

The programmes run over one year (2023) and include two seminars in different European nations and two online workshops.

You must read in full the ‘EHF Institute Umpire Education Information Pack 2023’ for full details of the programmes including the dates of seminars and programme terms and conditions.

Download the High-Resolution Information Pack here

 Only the responsible person from the EHF member National Associations can complete the nominations for new umpires proposed for either of the EHF Institute programmes

  • EHF Umpires for Nations (U4N)
  • EHF Umpires for Europe (U4E)

The closing date for nominations is the 28th December 2022

 EHF member National Associations must consider the following whilst nominating umpires:

  • The EHF has adopted through the European Hockey Gender Balance Charter that a 50% share of the places will be available per gender.
  • A maximum of two male umpires can be nominated per programme
  • A maximum of two female umpires can be nominated per programme

Please contact cameron@eurohockey.org if you have any further questions.

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EuroHockey5s Championship, Women, 2023

Mi, 11/09/2022 - 18:34

The EuroHockey5s Championship 2023 (Women) will take place on the following dates at the venue stated.

Women’s Championship

Teams: AUT, BEL, BLR (*excluded for the foreseeable future), NED, POL, RUS (*excluded for the foreseeable future), SUI, SVK, SWE, TUR, UKR, WAL.

Venue: Walcz (POL)

Dates: 28 June – 1 July 2023

Withdrawn: CRO

Notes: 

In case of circumstances beyond EHF’s control, EHF reserves the right to reconsider the event dates.

The withdrawal date for all tournaments in this competition is 15 January 2023. Any National Association withdrawing after that date may be subject to a fine or other disciplinary action by the EHF. See current EHF Regulations for further details.

The Men’s event took place in the summer of 2022.

 

EHF/ updated November 7th 2022

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Europeans honoured with awards for outstanding hockey commitment at FIH Congress

Mi, 11/09/2022 - 10:38

The European Hockey Federation is delighted to congratulate European award winners Margaret Hunnaball, the French Hockey Federation, Toko Tevdoradze, Gino Schilders and Michael Green following the FIH Congress last weekend.

Margaret was honoured with an FIH President’s Award for her role not just as one of the world’s top umpire managers but for numerous initiatives to develop umpiring and safeguarding.

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The French Hockey Federation was awarded the Pablo Negre Trophy for the emphasis in their governance on making hockey more inclusive, more sustainable and more accessible.

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Tornike Tevdoradze was awarded the HRH Sutan Azlan Shah Award for all his activities to introduce and grow hockey in Georgia.

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Gino Schilders was honoured with the Etienne Glichitch Award in recognition of his contribution to the growth and development of hockey, in particular for the Czech Hockey Federation, in the last 25 years.

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FIH Order of Merit awards given to Dr Michael Green, Shahbaz Ahmad and Sarinder Dillon for their invaluable dedication and commitment to hockey at all levels.

A former German international player, Michael has played a vital role in the development of an Athletes Committee as well as being a highly dedicated addition to the Competitions Committee.

“The European hockey family are delighted to see the work of some of our finest hockey people being honoured last weekend,” said EHF President Marijke Fleuren following the awards.

“People like Margaret, Gino, Toko and Michael show what strong conviction and passion for our sport can do, no matter the different challenges while the French Federation have shown great innovation to be pioneers for our game. I applaud their excellent work and hope their success can inspire and motivate others!”

Also at the Congress, Tayyab Ikram (MAC) was elected as new President of the International Hockey Federation (FIH), receiving 79 votes to the 47 given to Marc Coudron (BEL).

The duration of the term of the new FIH President will be of 2 years in order to complete the mandate of previous FIH President Dr Narinder Dhruv Batra who resigned on 18 July.

Maureen Craig-Rousseau (TTO, 88 votes) and Elizabeth Safoa King (GHA, 68 votes) were re-elected to the FIH Executive Board (EB), while Hiroya Anzai (JPN, 72 votes), Piotr Wilkonski (POL, 70 votes) and Deon Morgan (RSA, 66 votes) were elected for the first time as FIH EB members.

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Hockey4All project takes shape with sessions in Turkey and Belgium

Mi, 11/09/2022 - 08:00

The Hockey4All (H4A) programme got up and running with the first sessions of the Erasmus+ funded programme taking place in Turkey and Belgium.

H4A was introduced to the EHF development committee during its biannual meeting on the 23rd September as part of an overview of the EHFs involvement in various Erasmus+ programmes. It will run from 2022 until 2024.

It is a small collaborative partnership with the specific purpose to use sport, in particular hockey, to encourage children of a young age to be more respectful of each other and of difference.

The goal is to increase the number of young children – with or without mental disabilities – to have access to the practice of regular physical activity by combating discrimination and intolerance in sport.

The project is co-ordinated by the Kahramanmaraş Sütçüimam University (KSU), working with the EHF and hockey clubs AD Lousada (Portugal) and Atlètic Terrassa (Spain) as well as representatives from the Municipality of Lousada.

At the opening meeting, Cameron Findler, the EHF’s Education and Development Coordinator, visited KSU in Kahramanmaraş where each group clearly laid out their responsibilities and the steps forward for the programme.

The group engaged in a training session and were able to see how hockey is growing in the area with a visit to local facilities.

Following this meeting, the EHF staff were enthused to begin work on its first two objectives: the info-session and the coaches seminar.

The EHF subsequently hosted a transnational coaching seminar in Brussels to assist the coaches from each of the Hockey4All partners to prepare for their inclusive hockey encounters over the coming months.

The seminar had 10 coaches, two from each of the Hockey4All partners and each with a different level of experience; the focus of the seminar was on sharing. One of the key activities was a discussion on what makes a good coach, with each participant offering their perspective.

The group also got to watch the Honor Division clash between Royal Daring and Royal Herakles. While watching this match, the group was asked to focus on the basic individual technical skills of the players.

** To read more about the Hockey4All project, click here; https://hockey4all—erasmus.webnode.pt/
** To view the ongoing updates from the Hockey4All project, click here: https://eurohockey.org/hockey-4-all-project-newsletter-archive/

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Tornike Tevdoradze – FIH HRH Sultan Azlan Shah Award

Mi, 11/09/2022 - 00:04

Tornike Tevdoradze was awarded the HRH Sutan Azlan Shah Award for all his activities to grow hockey in Georgia. He has been involved in Georgian hockey for a long time and, together with the President of the Georgian Hockey Federation, coaches and volunteers, has been tirelessly trying to introduce hockey around Georgia.
At the moment, he is working on a new project called Discover Hockey in Georgia that includes working with public schools to get more young athletes involved in the sport.
Soon, the Georgian Hockey Federation under the guidance of Toko, will develop several new projects for the Georgian Hockey Federation, for example: hockey PR in Georgia, which includes creating a site and providing information about our sport to young people through various online platforms.
Toko has attended several EHF courses for umpires and coaches, and several courses about sport development which were organized by the “Sport for life” organisation in the USA.

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Gino Schilders – FIH Etienne Glichitch Award

Di, 11/08/2022 - 23:34

Gino Schilders was honoured with the Etienne Glichitch Award in recognition of his contribution to the growth and development of hockey, in particular for the Czech Hockey Federation, in the last 25 years.
Originally from the Netherlands, he played hockey for clubs like Den Bosch and Oranje Zwart. Since then, for nearly 25 years he has been part of the Czech Hockey Federation. Starting as a coach of the national teams and later becoming a President of the Czech Hockey Federation.
He has worked hard to develop and establish hockey in many areas and is always active and enthusiastic. Through Erasmus programs, he has helped not only locally but also to include other countries. It includes work in the realms of Youth Leadership, Coaching Programs, ID Hockey, LGBT.
The Czech Hockey Federation, under the guidance of Gino, has been supported by the Czech National Sport Agency and the Czech Women’s National team will get funding for their road to Olympic Games in Los Angeles in 2028. This is the first time in history the Czech National Sport Agency supporting hockey in the Czech Republic.
Gino has previously been honoured with an EHF Diploma of Merit and the FIH Theo Ykema Award.

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French Hockey Federation – FIH Pablo Negre Trophy

Di, 11/08/2022 - 23:31

The French Hockey Federation was awarded the Pablo Negre Trophy for the emphasis in their governance on making hockey more inclusive, more sustainable and more accessible.
Since the election in 2020 of new President Isabelle Jouin and her team, they have increased the emphasis on these themes passionately over the past two years in spite of a complex financial and social (Covid-19) context.
The French Hockey Federation works with different organization: *Ufolep, Sport dans la Ville, and Sentez vous le sport. These parentships aim to increase social insertion through hockey, whether that is via youth in deprived areas, increase female participation in our sport or education.
Through the development of different forms of hockey, they strive to make hockey more accessible and democratise the sport in France.
The FFH is raising awareness in its community and clubs to become more sustainable and eco-responsible. Both European Qualifier tournaments held in August in Calais and Dunkirk this year received, for the first time in France, the “eco responsibility label” by the CNOSF (National Olympic Committee). They back this up in their choice of private partners, only working with partners that have a CSR policy in place that is in line with theirs.
Their development project is focused on making hockey more accessible and visible. The creation of satellite clubs is one example. The FFH has put in place various training courses in order to have sufficient educators to animate the small hockey pitches and new clubs as well as through leadership courses.
They strive to have an “events” hockey pitch in every region of France to demonstrate the sport during events, (summer) tours and festivals and thus increase participation and visibility.
The Paris Olympics provides a fantastic opportunity for hockey to take the spotlight. For the FFH, the ambition is focused on the legacy of the Games.
“We must be Paris 2024 ready, not only after the confirmation of the participation of both our national teams, but also for our community to carry the values of our sport.
“The FFH is more than ever committed to their election promise: Succeed, Modernize, Perform.”

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Margaret Hunnaball – FIH President’s Award

Di, 11/08/2022 - 23:27

One of the top Umpire Managers in the world, Margaret has taken numerous initiatives for the development of umpiring as well as safeguarding, and is a mentor for young officials.
Her hockey career began as a goalkeeper for Winchester Hockey Club in England. She took up umpiring in Hampshire County before going on to officiate at national and international level. She is one of the top Umpire Managers in the world.
Margaret’s background is academic; she sits on educational boards or trustees, has recently completed a PhD and works in the field of dual-partnership education. This brings a strong focus on correct process and protocol, ensuring a strong base for the projects and initiatives she has led.
Strongly interested in the development of umpiring as well as safeguarding, she has led or implemented several significant initiatives.
As President of Southern Counties Hockey Umpires’ Association (ENG), she presided in amalgamating the men’s and women’s umpiring associations. 2008 saw the first intake of umpires for EHF’s prestigious Umpire Development Programme (UDP), for whom Margaret was one of the mentors.
This strong attention to fairness and correct procedure has led Margaret to important roles on both the EHF Officials Committee since 2012 and the FIH’s Rules Committee.
It is difficult to quantify what Margaret has given to the sport, not just as an umpire and a UM, but also in terms of administration, forward-planning and mentorship of young officials.
The landscape for umpiring has developed much in recent years, overseen by volunteers like Margaret who work with integrity to ensure the correct atmosphere and conditions for the growth and development of our officials.

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EuroHockey Institute Podcast Series 4 – Helen Richardson-Walsh

Di, 11/01/2022 - 10:16

Olympic gold medalist Helen Richardson Walsh kicks off the fourth season of the EHF podcast as she speaks in fascinating depth with Jack Rolfe about the psychology behind high performance and the creation of team culture.

She started her international career in 1999 at the age of 17 and became the youngest ever woman to represent GB hockey at an Olympics in Sydney the following year.

Helen went on to compete at four Olympic Games and as part of the senior leadership group played a central role in propelling the women’s game to victory on the world stage at Rio 2016.

Since retiring from playing, she has moved into the coaching realm completed a masters in psychology and is working a performance psychologist from Tottenham Hotspur.

In this podcast, she reflects on her own experiences with GB international team, how their vision, values and behaviours evolved into a “high trust and psychologically safe” environment that underpinned their success.

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EuroHockey Executive Leadership Forum Dates Announced

Mo, 10/31/2022 - 09:53

The EHF will host the EuroHockey Equally Amazing Executive Leadership forum from March 24 to 26, 2023 in Brussels, bringing together leaders in our sport to drive change on and off the field of play.

The purpose of the forum is to bring together like-minded people who are progressing on a journey of Equally Amazing leadership in our sport, to inspire, provoke and learn from each other.

The target audience is current and future leaders within the EuroHockey family, be they general secretaries, board members, directors, executive staff members or decision makers.

Each member national association is invited to nominate one male and one female participant to take part in the forum which is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

“We strive to promote good leadership, to inspire change, and provoke decision making, on and off the field of play, in collaboration with you the EuroHockey family,” said EHF President Marijke Fleuren.

“Since we started our Equally Amazing Journey, we have had several milestones. Now, we press play again and the next stop is Brussels, the home of EuroHockey.”

“I am delighted to invite each member to nominate one male and one female to the upcoming Executive Leadership Forum.”

Three special guests have already been confirmed with Tine Vertommen from International Olympic Committee’s Safe Sport Unit, Mariël Koerhuis, the Johan Cruyff Institute general manager; and Olympic and World Cup gold medallist Thomas Briels all speaking at the event.

Tine is responsible for the knowledge transfer and evidence-based development of IOC’s policies, procedures and practices to promote safe sport across the Olympic movement.

“I am passionate about safeguarding all those whoo participate in sport from harassment and abuse and I strongly believe that sport can and should be at the very forefront of safeguarding in society at large,” she said of the focus of her involvement in the forum.

Thomas is one of hockey’s most recognisable faces following an international career spanning 15 years, traversing initial amateur days to the very top of the sport.

“I have always wanted to be an ambassador for the sport and make a difference. ‘Inspire the next generation’ is a motto I live by and now I am trying to help the sport grow and share my knowledge by leading the way.”

Mariël has 25-years international leadership experience in higher education management and talent development.

Her special interest is in “dual career development of athletes due to my position at Johan Cruff Institute. My work is focussed on leveraging education worldwide to further professionalise the sports industry.”

** You can download more information on our special guests, plus a flavour of who else will be there at this link: EuroHockey Executive Leadership Forum Launch” rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>download here

Keep an eye out across our social media channels for more special guest announcements soon.

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Eight promising umpires join UDP 15 group

Fr, 10/28/2022 - 09:00

The latest participants in the Umpire Development Programme (UDP) have been confirmed with eight promising officials from eight different countries making up Group 15 of the EHF initiative.

Pauline Cuypers (Belgium), Lorijn de Kraker (Netherlands), Zoë Hall (England), Noelia Blanco (spain), Raphaël Adrien (Germany), Michael Pivko (Slovakia), Jamie Telfer (Scotland) and Anatole Platel (France) are the umpires nominated for this intake of the UDP. For Group 15, the mentors will be Fanneke Alkemade (pictured above) and Paco Vazquez, both of whom have umpired at Olympic Games and have vast experience on the international stage.

The UDP is an excellence umpiring programme run by the European Hockey Federation which aims to improve the performance of highly talented young umpires who have shown the potential to become an international top-level umpire.

The programme takes in a comprehensive, blended learning approach, with each group working with highly qualified mentors.

It incorporates a mixture of classroom-based learning sessions where participants talk about the principles and thoughts behind umpiring alongside a hugely practical pitchside element.

Rob ten Cate is part of the EHF Lead Umpire Working Group which plays a central role in the UDP and he is pleased to welcome the latest additions to see how it can help their evolution.

“I think the success of UDP is that we created a community of people who love umpiring. It is not so much about the appointments to tournaments or games, as that is not within our control but it is nice to see that three out of the four umpires that umpired the Olympic Finals are members of the UDP community.

“Another aspect which is key to UDP is that every umpire decides what they want to learn; listen, watch, learn and then contribute – and that is different for every individual.”

Umpire Development Programme Group 15
Pauline Cuypers (Belgium)
Lorijn de Kraker (Netherlands)
Zoë Hall (England)
Noelia Blanco (spain)
Raphaël Adrien (Germany)
Michael Pivko (Slovakia)
Jamie Telfer (Scotland)
Anatole Platel (France)

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