England to take on the Netherlands in Wakefield

Wakefield Hockey Club

England will lock swords with Olympic silver medallists the Netherlands on home soil as preparation for the EuroHockey Championships in Belgium in August.

The NOW: Pensions Nations Cup is a three-match series at Wakefield Hockey Club delivering against England Hockey’s pledge to host more top-flight international hockey. With a number of recent international events being played further south, this also helps make top-flight hockey accessible to new audiences.

The matches will take place on Thursday 1st, Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th August with spectators also able to enjoy watching England U21s take on Malaysia U21s as a warm-up to the main event. This will provide the U21s with a great opportunity to start their preparation for the Junior World Cup later in the year and to get a taste of what it might be like playing in a full senior international. Tickets will provide access to both matches in the day and there will be a real northern welcome with refreshments available as well as entertainment, including the Fun Zone for younger fans to test their hockey skills.

Barry Middleton, England Men’s Captain, said, “It’s great to be playing top-flight hockey in my home county of Yorkshire. The Netherlands are a high class side and it is sure to be a good contest ahead of the EuroHockey Championships. We hope that there’ll be plenty of home support behind us and that this is the start of many NOW: Pensions Nations Cup events.”

Chris Partridge, Wakefield Hockey Club President, added, ''Wakefield Hockey Club is delighted to host this series of prestigious international matches in August. The Club has had strong links with the Netherlands since 1998, through our sister club in MHC Muiderburg, and we always look forward to all forms of international opportunities.

This event is a great chance to increase the profile of hockey in the north and we thank England Hockey for entrusting these games to our club. The Club is confident that the hockey supporters from the north of England and beyond will turn out in big numbers to experience these great matches."

Morten Nilsson, CEO of NOW: Pensions, stated, “As Principal Partner of England Men’s Hockey, we are delighted to help bring fans this great opportunity to watch the national team. The NOW: Pensions Nations Cup is sure to be an exciting, hard fought series and we hope that it will be one of many successful tournaments for the England Men’s Squad over the coming years.”

The Full Match Schedule is as follows –

Thursday 1 August 2013

17:30 – England U21s v Malaysia U21s

20:00 – England v Netherlands

Saturday 3 August 2013

14:00 – England U21s v Malaysia U21s

16:30 – England v Netherlands

Sunday 4 August 2013

12:00 – England U21s v Malaysia U21s

14:30 – England v Netherlands

More information on how you can get tickets to see these exciting matches will be made available via the England Hockey website. To ensure you are the first to find out, please click here to register for England Hockey ticket updates.