UK Sport and England Hockey

Crowd at Investec World League 2013

As we come up for air during the Investec Hockey World League in London we take a look at the relationship between UK Sport and England Hockey, and how they help us deliver prestigious, international events like the Investec World League.

UK Sport is responsible for the strategic investment of a record £355million of National Lottery and Exchequer funding in 44 Olympic and Paralympic sports preparing for Rio 2016. Hockey has received £15.5million to prepare teams for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games to build on the bronze medal the Women’s team won at London 2012.

As part of this investment, UK Sport’s Gold Event Series will invest £27million of National Lottery funding to support the bidding and staging costs of major events on home soil, as well as providing specialist support to organisers. Events are supported for their likely performance impact on GB athletes, but also to maximise the wider sporting, social, cultural, economic and environmental benefits.

The Gold Event Series will aim to bring over 70 of the world’s most prestigious sporting events to the UK, including 36 World and European Championships. This ambitious programme will support British athletes’ preparation and qualification for Rio 2016, while generating approximately £287 million of additional expenditure in host cities and regions and bringing over 250,000 overseas visitors to the UK.

As well as the 2013 Investec Hockey World League semi-finals, events already secured include the 2015 EuroHockey Championships at the Olympic legacy venue in London, the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships at the Hydro Arena in Glasgow, and the 2017 World Athletics and IPC Athletics Championships to be staged in the London Olympic Stadium.

Alongside UK Sport’s funding, England Hockey has also been working hard to capitalise on the overwhelming interest created in the sport by the success of London 2012.

30,000 people picked up a hockey stick in the UK and tried the game out during the Olympic period, and England Hockey created new forms of the game to help appeal to players of all ages and abilities and create a legacy for future participation.

In addition to 11-a-side hockey, there are now short forms of the game called Quicksticks and In2Hockey for children, Back to Hockey for women looking to return to the sport, and Rush Hockey – a five-a-side form of the game which is catching on quickly.

Our Women's and Men's international players are hugely dedicated to inspiring followers young and old to take up the game. Add this to UK Sport’s funding and the work England Hockey is doing, and our vision to create ‘a nation where hockey matters’ becomes an exciting prospect.