Golden start for summer of European Hockey

London Royals

The EuroGames, officially called the European Gay and Lesbian Multi-Sports Championships, has been an official event of the European Gay & Lesbian Sport Federation (EGLSF) since 1992, uniting athletes, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, and sports clubs throughout Europe.  The event focuses on supporting gay and lesbian athletes in their coming out, increase the awareness of gay and lesbian sport in the greater public and to do networking between gay and lesbian sports clubs in Europe.

Bee Armstrong, Royal Lionesses Captain tells us of the importance of tournaments like the EuroGames; “The EuroGames are a great experience, we are here to win, but at the same time it’s not the result that is most important, but that those of us within the LGBT movement and community come together and have fun.  The sport brings us together; nothing beats the EuroGames and Pink Hockey”

For the past 10 years the London Royals Hockey Club, as the first and largest LGBT hockey club in England, has been representing the UK at LGBT tournaments across Europe.  This year, for the first time, the UK has taken gold in both the Men’s and Women’s competition.

Matt Hill of the London Royals shares his thoughts on the tournament and the London Royals; “I'm so incredibly proud of the performance of all sixty-five of our players in Stockholm, especially as some didn't start playing until this year.  I know all the Royals are looking forward to defending our titles in Berlin next year, then in Miami and Paris in 2017/18, so if anyone wants to join us...the more the merrier!
“Tournaments like the EuroGames are not only a great fun, but really showcase hockey in the UK as an inclusive and accessible sport for all.” 

For more information on inclusion and diversity in sport and hockey please contact Alison Hogg on alison.hogg@englandhockey.co.uk.

For more information on the London Royals Hockey Club please click here.

With the London Royals returning home with success thoughts now turn to the Unibet EuroHockey Championships 2015 which take place in London at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre from Friday 21st - Sunday 30th August, for more information and details on ticket availability please click here.