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Hockey - 11. May 2007.

QATAR AIRWAYS TO SPONSOR EURO HOCKEY NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIPS


England Hockey is pleased to announce that Qatar Airways is to become the title sponsor of the EuroHockey Nations Championships 2007, which run from the 18th – 26th August at Belle Vue in Manchester. The Netherlands, holders of the women’s title, will also be competing and will play Italy in their opening game on Saturday 18th August. Manchester 2007 will be only the second time in the history of the event that both the men’s and women’s tournaments have been held concurrently at the same venue.

Qatar Airways is one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, serving seventy-five destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Far East and the Indian subcontinent from its hub of Doha, capital of the State of Qatar, operating a modern fleet of fifty-seven all-Airbus aircraft.

Qatar Airways, who have now sponsored the National Indoor Hockey Championships at the NIA in Birmingham each February for the past two years, are building on their existing affiliation with the sport by moving onto the international hockey stage.

Barry Snellgrove, Marketing Director of England Hockey, commented, “I am delighted that such a world-class, prestigious company continues to acknowledge that England Hockey is an appropriate marketing partner for them.”

In response, Qatar Airways’ General Manager, Peter Spencer is delighted to have secured the sponsorship and commented, “The EuroHockey Nations Championships will provide Qatar Airways with significant brand exposure in the UK and internationally, whilst promoting our flights from Manchester and London via Doha to the world.”

The joint tournament, which will take place at Belle Vue in Manchester, the legacy facility from the 2002 Commonwealth Games, will begin on 18th August 2007. The top three teams in each event will gain direct qualification for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Tickets can be bought through the tournament website – www.eurohockeymanchester2007.com

About Qatar Airways:

Qatar Airways is one of only five airlines in the world with a Five Star ranking for service and excellence awarded by Skytrax, the independent aviation industry monitoring agency. The airline operates a modern fleet of 57 all-Airbus aircraft to 75 destinations from its hub in Doha, with plans to double its fleet size to more than 110 aircraft by 2015.

For further information on the EuroHockey Nations Championships 2007 and high resolution photography please contact:

Daniel Krendel – dkrendel@capitalize.co.uk / 02079401700

For further information on England Hockey please contact:

Jo Baker - jo.baker@englandhockey.org / 01908 544 609

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