Martin Gotheridge - European Hockey Federation

The EHF President, Martin Gotheridge, announced on 26th June at the EHF Executive Board meeting in Dublin, Ireland that he would not be standing as a candidate at the upcoming 23rd General Assembly in Monchengladbach.

Martin GotheridgeThe President went on to say, “I have always done what I have believed to be in the best interest of European hockey. It has been my honour to serve, initially on the Competitions Committee and then as Vice-President and over the past 3 years as President of the Federation. I don’t believe that it is in the best interests of the EHF for a sitting President to stand in this election, so I have decided to withdraw my name. I believe that we have two fine candidates in Stephen Abel and Marijke Fleuren and I take this opportunity to wish them well, I am sure that European hockey will be in good hands under either candidate. 

Ashley Jackson, Barry Middleton and Glenn Kirkham admire the trophy after winning the EuroHockey Nations Championships in Amstelveen, Netherlands, 30 August 2009Looking back over the past years, I have many highlights. To choose some recent ones, I would say that being involved in the emergence of EHL and now seeing the EHCCC on the way to an EHL for women is really good news for European hockey and it was my immense honour to present the European Cup to my home country England at the EuroHockey Nations Championships in
Amsterdam. Bearing this in mind it seems fitting that my last official duty will be as the EHF Representative at the EuroHockey Championships in Monchengladbach.”

Philip KimberleyPhilip Kimberley, Chairman of England Hockey said: 'Martin Gotheridge has decided not to stand for re-election for the Presidency of the European Hockey Federation (EHF) after holding the position since late 2008. He remains the first British individual ever to have held this role and we wish him well when he stands down at the EHF’s Congress in August.

Immediately prior to this Martin was President of England Hockey from 2005 to 2008 when he took up his European position. In this capacity I worked closely with Martin as we rebuilt England Hockey’s fortunes.

On behalf of the board I’d like to thank Martin for his massive contribution over the years to the development of our sport both within England and now for his European work which extends over many years as a member of the EHF’s competitions committee, as an Executive Board member and now most recently as European President. We wish him well as he takes things a little easier. I’m sure we will see Martin on the local hockey scene in years to come.'