Today marks 100 days to go until the start of EuroHockey Nations Championships 2007 (men and women). Players, officials and volunteers alike have already begun preparations for the men’s and women’s tournaments which will be held concurrently at Belle Vue in Manchester from 18th-26th August. This will be the first time that both the men’s and women’s Championships have been held in the United Kingdom and will be the biggest stand-alone hockey event to be held in the UK since 1986, when London hosted the men’s World Cup.
The tournament itself is second only to the hockey World Cup in terms of size and Manchester is expecting to play host to thousands of fans from Europe who will be supporting their national teams. There will be 8 teams competing in each of the men’s and women’s Championships and the top three teams of each tournament will be given direct qualification into the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, so competition will be as fierce as ever. England’s men will be going into Manchester on a high having recently triumphed over reigning World Champions Germany in a thrilling 3-2 victory which they will be hoping to use as a great platform to build on for success at this year’s Championships.
England Captain, Ben Hawes, commented; “Last week’s away win over Germany was an extremely tight game. We showed great courage and maturity to play our own game and secure a fantastic result against arguably the best team in the world at the moment. If we can keep playing to these standards I think we have a good chance in Manchester this summer, especially as we will be playing in front of a home crowd who will hopefully give us that extra lift.”
The EuroHockey Nations Championships are a bi-annual event with the last tournaments having been held in Leipzig (men) and Dublin (women). The men’s and women’s tournaments, which will take place at Belle Vue in Manchester, the legacy facility from the 2002 Commonwealth Games, will begin on 18th August 2007 and conclude with the women’s finals on 25th August 2007 followed by the men’s finals on 26th August 2007.
Tickets can be bought through the tournament website – www.eurohockeymanchester2007.com
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