England Hockey 'delighted' with funding awards

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Over the past 48 hours, England Hockey has received news of its funding outcomes from Sport England and UK Sport for the funding period 2013 –2017.

Sport England - £12m to support growing participation, talent development and capital facility investment.

UK Sport - £15.5m to support the England and Great Britain international teams.

Sally Munday, England Hockey Chief Executive, states,
“We are delighted that England Hockey will receive over £27.5m in funding from Sport England and UK Sport collectively over the next four years.  £12m of funding from Sport England is to support our shared ambitions of increasing participation in grassroots hockey and identifying and developing the next generation of talented hockey players.  This represents an increase of £1million in our revenue funding over the next four years.” 

“The news that we will also receive £15.5 from UK Sport to support our international teams is also very welcome.  The UK Sport investment is a reflection of the progress that our international teams have made over the last few years and their confidence in our ability to reach the Olympic podium again in Rio in 2016.”

“The investment made by Sport England and UK Sport will underpin England Hockey’s 2013-2017 strategy ‘A Nation where Hockey Matters’, which will be launched early in 2013.  It is grounded in the philosophy that international success leads to better visibility of the sport and that greater exposure drives increased participation to help better deliver the next generation of international players.  We have already made great strides in this vein with hockey winning its first Olympic medal in two decades at London 2012 and our ambitious Hockey Nation programme inspiring thousands of new participants and spectators come into the game.”

“Hockey in England is enjoying a period of real resurgence in recent years.  The Single System, our youth player pathway, enables 16,000 young players to join the hockey talent programme and receive additional coaching through which we are starting to see the rewards at national level.  Furthermore, the development of Back to Hockey and Rush Hockey has broadened the opportunities available to play hockey and, together with a growth in numbers joining our 950 clubs, we have seen a 30,000 increase in people playing recreationally once a week, making hockey the biggest growing team sport in 2012.  Our clubs, associations and other partners including schools who offer hockey are a big part of the sport’s resurgence and the ongoing commitment of all those in the hockey family to bring more people into our sport is incredible.”

“Sport England has played an important role in guiding and supporting us as we have made challenging decisions and taken bold steps.  We are delighted to receive their continued support and, whilst we are proud of our recent achievements, we know that we must continue to work hard to deliver our ambition plans to increase the visibility of hockey and maintain the levels of participation growth.”

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The investment from UK Sport is a reflection of the progress made by the international teams over the last period that culminated in hockey’s first Olympic medal in 20 years at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

“This funding will allow us to build on what has been a fantastic four years on the international scene. Both our men’s and women’s teams are now ranked fourth in the world which reflects the achievements we’ve had on the pitch, with a European gold and bronze medals, FIH Champions Trophy silver and of course that Olympic bronze at London.”

“Looking ahead, we will continue to be ambitious with a focus on moving further up the world rankings, winning more medals and continuing to enhance hockey’s profile nationally through the success of the teams. Our athletes are fantastic role models for young people and we want to ensure that they can continue to inspire the next generation as we look ahead to Rio and the future.”

Philip Kimberley, England Hockey Executive Chairman added, “This funding news is great recognition for the excellent work that the England Hockey staff have undertaken in the last few years and the whole team have played their part.  We have exciting plans to continue growing and developing the sport over the next few years and we are extremely grateful to have the support of UK Sport for our elite programmes and Sport England for our grass roots work.”