The tournament website: www.eurohockey2015.co.uk is now live and as well as providing an outlet to buy tickets for next year’s event, contains information about the tournament and the competing teams.
Tickets will be available for sessions, as with the 2012 London Olympics, and in line with the family focus of the event, children’s tickets are available from £1.
Both men’s and women’s competitions will be held. The teams which have qualified for the men’s competition are:
Belgium, England, France, Germany, Ireland, The Netherlands, Russia and Spain.
The qualifiers for the women’s competition are:
Belgium, England, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, Scotland and Spain.
Shaun Dawson, the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority Chief Executive said: “We’re excited to be welcoming Europe’s best hockey players to this country’s best hockey venue next summer for the 2015 EuroHockey Championships. Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre is unique in that hockey players of all abilities can play on the same distinctive world class pitches which the International stars will be competing on during this tournament. We have already had some great feedback from players and supporters involved in the recent Investec London Cup, the first major event to be held at the venue. I have no doubt that the EuroHockey Championships will recapture the magic of 2012 and will help to inspire the next generation to play hockey.”
England Hockey Chief Executive, Sally Munday said: “Hosting the EuroHockey Championhips in 2015 in London is a very exciting prospect, and having just hosted a brilliant first tournament at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, we’re confident we can deliver a fantastic spectator experience, as we do at all our events. We’re very much looking forward to rallying the English public to get behind their teams in what will be a big summer for sport in this country”
EHF President, Marijke Fleuren commented: “When we set out our strategic plans for the EuroHockey Championships, the EHF put a player’s tournament at the core of what we want to achieve from these Championships, as well as giving fans a great experience. Starting with the men’s games on the Friday evening creates an extra opportunity for fans to come to the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, and in addition this gives us the opportunity to finish with the Women’s Final, showing that hockey is a sport that reveres its female and male athletes equally. We commend England Hockey for this initiative, which we believe will be a huge success! Today fans get a chance to book their tickets and fill the stadium for what we believe will be a fantastic tournament. I am very much looking forward to meeting the hockey family from all over Europe back in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.”
There will also be ParaHockey and Masters tournaments running alongside the main tournaments, proof of commitment that the European Hockey Federation is committed to these important and growing areas of hockey.