NEW VIDEO: Top teams coming to East Grinstead EHL

Mark Pearn and Richard Mantell in action during East Grinstead versus Reading

Having captured the hearts and minds of the British public at London 2012, some of the world’s best hockey stars are set to return this weekend as the Euro Hockey League comes to England for the first time.

A number of the stars of the Olympic Games will be on show with the likes of Great Britain’s London 2012 trio Ashley Jackson, Glenn Kirkham and Jonty Clarke set to feature, as well as their international teammates the Mantell brothers, Richard and Simon, and Niall Stott.

Tickets are still available for round 1.2 of the Euro Hockey League, which takes place at East Grinstead Hockey Club in Sussex from Friday 26 - Sunday 28 October. Competing alongside hosts East Grinstead are Reading and, from Scotland, Glynhill Hotel Kelburne.

Joining the British contingent are top sides from Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Austria and Ireland. Among their ranks are likely to be five members of Germany’s Olympic gold medal winning team and Dutch silver medal winning pair Teun de Nooijer and Robbert Kemperman.

Ahead of the tournament, Sally Munday, Chief Executive of England Hockey said: “It’s fantastic that an event of the stature of the Euro Hockey League is going to be hosted in England just 11 weeks after the conclusion of the greatest Olympic Games in history. What we saw in London was a British public that truly embraced hockey as it is in the 21st century; fast, skillful and exciting. We said several years ago that we would build on the success of London 2012 by hosting and facilitating more major hockey events in this country and I’m delighted that East Grinstead will host the EHL. 

“The club’s members and volunteers have worked tirelessly to put on what I’m sure will be a great weekend for sports fans and a fantastic advert for hockey. This will be the first of many great events to build the profile of hockey. We already run the Maxifuel Super Sixes and the Investec London Cup each year and in 2015 England will host the men’s and women’s EuroHockey Nations Championships.”

The event follows round 1.1, held in Barcelona two weeks ago, which saw English club Beeston progress to the next round with two wins from two, including a remarkable comeback against last season’s EHL runners-up Amsterdam H&BC. This weekend, 12 more teams will compete in four pools of three, with the top two in each pool progressing to the second round, KO16, in April. Each side in a pool plays the others in their pool once.

Day tickets are on sale via www.eghockey.co.uk/ehl_tickets starting at just over £5 for under 16s and £12 for adults. A day ticket provides access to four fantastic games of hockey as well as the Fun Zone and fan village. Three day passes start at around £12 for under 16s and £27 for adults.

Euro Hockey League fixtures involving English teams
Friday 26 October (17:00) - East Grinstead v SC Stroitel Brest (BLR)
Saturday 27 October (12:00) – Reading v KHC Dragons (BEL)
Sunday 28 October (12:00) – Reading v St Germain (FRA)
Sunday 28 October (17:00) – East Grinstead v Waterloo Ducks (BEL)

Advanced Ticket prices*
Adult Day Ticket €14.80 (approximately £12.00)
Youth (U16) Day Ticket €7.00 (approximately £5.70)
Adult Three Day Ticket €34.00 (approximately £27.60)
Youth (U16) Three Day Ticket €15.00 (approximately £12. 20)

*tickets will be available on the gate but will be more expensive.