The Countess will be a spectator on men’s final day on Sunday 26th August and will present the coveted trophy to the winning country. The Countess will be visiting the event in her new capacity as official patron of England Hockey, and in addition to watching the men’s final she will also watch the bronze medal play-off to be played on the same day.
The Countess is a keen hockey advocate and former player of the sport. It is hoped that her presence at the Championships will give further inspiration to both the England men’s and women’s team to perform well and at the same time finish within the top three nations which will ensure qualification for next year’s Olympic Games in Beijing.
Phillip Kimberley, Executive Chairman of England Hockey and Chair of the EuroHockey Nations Championships Stakeholder Board, commented: “It is with great pride that England Hockey welcomes the Countess of Wessex to Manchester. We are certain that her presence on finals day will add great kudos to the event and give the Championships a fantastic boost.”
Second in terms of size only to the World Cup, the EuroHockey Nations Championships welcome the top eight European men’s and women’s teams with the top three sides in each category gaining qualification to next year’s Olympic Games in Beijing.
Tickets can be bought through the tournament website – www.eurohockeymanchester2007.com