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Hockey - 28. February 2012.

Hockey's Investec LondonCup gives British public chance to see top talent at home

Great Britain Hockey and Investec are delighted to announce that following the Great Britain women's hockey team's outstanding silver medal success at the recent Champions Trophy, the team will be the hosts of the 2012 Investec London Cup from 5-10 June 2012.

Just seven weeks before the Olympic Games, the glamour and excitement of world class international hockey will arrive in West London.  Among the array of talent set to take on GB will be Olympic Champions the Netherlands, world number three Germany and Commonwealth gold medallists Australia.  South Africa, the African Champions, and Ireland, both of whom are competing in Olympic qualifying tournaments in the next month, make up the six team tournament.

Fans will get an early opportunity to see Britain's Olympic hopefuls in action against their biggest rivals at the University of Westminster's Sports Ground in Chiswick.  Four of the teams - Great Britain, Netherlands, Germany and Australia - are already assured of their places in the Olympic tournament, guaranteeing some of the world's best athletes will be on show.

Announcing the tournament, Sally Munday, Chief Operating Officer of Great Britain Hockey, said: "The Investec London Cup is a jewel in the crown for hockey in this country.  It forms a key part of our Hockey Nation programme, as we look to inspire people on the back of the good feeling that surrounds the London Olympics.  The demand for tickets for the Olympic Games has shown how excited about watching live sport the British public is.  With six of the best teams in the world on show, plus opportunities to pick up a hockey stick and try it for yourself, we certainly expect the Investec London Cup to capture the spirit of the nation."

Raymond van Niekerk, Investec, said:  "The Investec London Cup is part of an incredible summer of sport and gives us the opportunity to see the GB women's hockey team battle it out with some of the best teams in the world, just weeks before the Olympic Games begin.  We will also see the Investec South African women's hockey team take on Investec sponsored Great Britain - a very proud moment for us!"


Talking about the tremendous support that her team can expect to receive, Great Britain hockey captain Kate Walsh said, "The excitement of 2012 is definitely starting to grow.  Half a million people watched us on TV as we won the silver medal at the Champions Trophy recently, which was brilliant!  We get a real buzz playing in front of a home crowd so it's great that the Investec London Cup is going to give people the chance to come down to Chiswick, see us in the flesh and get behind the team."

The Investec London Cup will offer families and sports' fans a superb day out.  Ticket prices for the Investec London Cup will start at just £1 for U18s and £10 for adults. Tickets cover an entire day's action, with a minimum of two matches plus access to the hockey fun zone and much more.

A range of hospitality packages will go on sale shortly.  For tickets and more information visit www.greatbritainhockey.co.uk/investeclondoncup<http://www.greatbritainhockey.co.uk/investeclondoncup> or call 0844 499 3222.
For all the build up to the tournament, follow @GBHockey2012 on Twitter.

Investec London Cup Match Schedule
Tuesday 5 June 2012
14:00 - Netherlands v Australia
16:30 - Great Britain v South Africa

Wednesday 6 June 2012
17:30 - Australia v Ireland
20:00 - South Africa v Germany

Thursday 7 June 2012
17:30 - Ireland v Netherlands
20:00 - Germany v Great Britain

Saturday 9 June 2012
14:30 - Semi Final 1
17:00 - Semi Final 2

Sunday 10 June 2012
10:30 - Fifth/Sixth Playoff
13:15 - Bronze Medal Playoff
16:00 - Final

Investec London Cup Ticket Prices*
* Tickets are for an entire day's play
Tuesday 5 June 2012
Adults £20
U18s £5

Wednesday 6 June 2012
Adults £10
U18s £1

Thursday 7 June 2012
Adults £15
U18s £5

Saturday 9 June 2012
Adults £20
U18s £5

Sunday 10 June 2012
Adults £25
U18s £10
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