English clubs claim runners-up spot in the EuroHockey Awards 2013

Waltham Forest 2014

The EuroHockey Club of the Year award is a prestigious European-wide competition which recognises strong and well organised clubs as the foundation of hockey in Europe. This year’s awards saw two English clubs compete against strong clubs from the rest of Europe in the medium and large club award.

Contesting within the medium club category on behalf of England was Waltham Forest HC. With a strong community ethic, with over 40% of club members volunteering within the club and the local area, the club has delivered many community events in and around London. At the forefront of hockey for all, Waltham Forest has continuously delivered hockey for the mainstream community as well as for disabled participants, a fact highlighted by the EHF Development Projects Committee who were impressed and pleased to see the work done by the club in all aspects of the community, consequently awarding them with runners up in the EuroHockey Medium Club of the Year 2013. This work was also recognised when Pani Theodorou was honoured for her work at the 51st Torch Trophy Trust Awards.

Neston South Wirral FacilityNeston South Wirral HC was the representative from England in the large club category. The club has grown by 600% since 2000, developing from a senior-only club to a fully inclusive club boasting over 160 juniors. Fully enveloping the principles of the Single System, along with community and school engagement, the club has strived to develop into a community asset providing playing opportunities for over 300 members. The EHF were particularly impressed with the fantastic way that the club has turned around their fortunes by focusing on junior and facility development. Neston South Wirral were awarded the runner-up place to French club St Germain Hockey Club as EuroHockey Large Club of the Year 2013 by the EHF. Antony Bush, President at Neston South Wirral HC said ‘We see this as a great achievement, and we are all very proud.’

The EuroHockey awards will reopen for nominations in 2015.

If you have a club, coach, umpire or volunteer that you would like to recognise for the positive impact they have had the England Hockey Awards are still open for nominations until Wednesday 9 April 2014. Click Here for further information or to get involved in the nomination process.