England Hockey have formally submitted a bid to the International Hockey Federation (FIH) to host the Women’s World Cup in London in 2018.
This bid is as part of a long-term goal to host regular international hockey in England and further boost the profile of the sport. England Hockey joins a group of other National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs) that have bid for major international events since the end of last year’s Olympic Games.
England Hockey are building up a portfolio of bids for various major events in the coming years, which will then be submitted to the FIH. The portfolio will also include the Men’s Champions event and the Men’s and Women’s World League semi-finals. The events will all be held in the purpose-built Lee Valley Hockey Centre, which forms part of the Olympic Games legacy facility.
Sally Munday, England Hockey’s Chief Executive commented:
“We have a clear goal to increase the visibility of hockey in England, which in turn will help drive participation and ultimately elite performance, and events such as the World Cup will be central to achieving these objectives.”
“Recent international hockey events have shown the large and passionate following in England for our National teams, boosted by our women’s team winning a silver medal at last month’s EuroHockey Championships. In addition to London hosting the 2015 EuroHockey Championships, the World Cup 2018 is one of a series of bids we’ve submitted to host international events in the coming years, aiming to continue the momentum we’ve generated and keep hockey in the forefront of the public’s minds and mainstream media.”
The bid has the full backing of Sports Minister Hugh Robertson, who also is a former hockey player and a
follower of the sport:
“We have total support for England Hockey’s major events strategy, and in particular the bid for the 2018 Women’s World Cup. We can use this event to continue to deliver a tangible legacy following the London 2012 Olympics and it would be fantastic to have more major events of this importance in our country.”
Hosting major events of this type are aimed at increasing the profile and participation levels in the sport. Since the Games, many vast majority of NGBs have reported an increase in these key metrics, which has had a positive effect on grassroots sports clubs around the country.
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