Steve Catton in Kazan for the 2013 Summer Universiade

The Summer Universiade is an international student multi-sport event, also known as the World University Games, and hockey is back on the programme for 2013 after an absence of 22 years. England’s Steve Catton has been appointed by the FIH as a Technical Officer to this year’s event due to take place in Kazan, Russia, 7-15 July.

Speaking at the Universiade hockey officials seminar held in Kazan this month, Steve gave local officials an update on the role of technical officials at international hockey events in order to prepare them for the main event. As the Hockey Competitions Manager when hockey debuted in the 1991 World University Games in Sheffield, Steve is well placed to share his knowledge with the seminar’s attendees. English technical officials are held in high regard across Europe, and many have been appointed by the EHF and FIH this season.

Steve Catton"I attended the previous hockey tournament at the 1991 Summer Universiade, and it is wonderful to see our sport included in the programme again. Although we understand well enough that not every host city seeks to include hockey in the Universiade programme as not every city has facilities fit to host major hockey events, it's great that hockey is back for 2013. I hope to see hockey included at the Summer Universiade again in future years."
Steve Catton

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