The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has awarded the hosting rights of the 2010 Women’s Champions Trophy to England Hockey.
The Women’s Champions Trophy is an annual event for six of the top women’s teams in the world. As hosts, England automatically qualifies for the tournament, which will run from the 10th to 18th July 2010.
Highfields Hockey Centre in Nottingham has been chosen as the event venue. Highfields is an established excellent hockey club base and the location of one of the new England Hockey National Performance Centres.
England Hockey is partnering with a number of stakeholders to deliver the event including UK Sport, the East Midlands Development Agency, Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council.
Samsung will be the title sponsor of the event which will officially be known as:-
‘Samsung Hockey Champions Trophy Women
Nottingham, England, 2010’
Philip Kimberley, Executive Chairman of England Hockey, commented “I am delighted that England Hockey has been awarded the Women’s Champions Trophy by our world governing body (FIH) which is in recognition of our successful hosting of the EuroHockey Nations Championships in 2007 on behalf of the European Governing Body (EHF).”
Simon Morton of UK Sport commented “UK Sport is very pleased to support an event which will provide an ideal opportunity for competition against the top hockey nations in the world as preparation for London 2012”.
Abby Johnson Brennan, Deputy Chief Executive of the East Midlands Development Agency, said “I am very pleased that the FIH and England Hockey have selected Nottingham as the host City for the Women's Champions Trophy in 2010. This complements the region’s existing events portfolio and in particular our aspirations to encourage more young girls and women to take up sport and physical activity.”
Councillor David Trimble, Portfolio holder for Communities, Leisure and Culture said: “We’re delighted that Nottingham has been chosen to host the Women’s Champions Trophy tournament and we look forward to working with our partners to stage the event in 2010.”
Councillor Steve Carroll, Cabinet Member for Culture and Regeneration, Nottinghamshire County Council, said "The County Council is pleased to be associated with the event and is excited by the prospect of ensuring a lasting legacy across the county, giving as many children as possible the inspiration and opportunity to play hockey."
Barry Snellgrove, Marketing and Communications Director of England Hockey commented “Discussions are now in hand to secure a host broadcaster for the event; we will then be seeking to build a portfolio of sub-sponsors, suppliers and advertisers in support of the Women’s Champions Trophy in 2010.”
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