Preview: Men's and women's teams ready for EuroHockey Championships

England celebrate against Korea

With Saturday 19 August marking a year since Great Britain’s women’s historic gold medal at the Rio Olympic Games, England’s women’s hockey team begin their defence of their EuroHockey Championship in Amsterdam.

In addition, England’s men are looking to build on a successful 2017 for their squad so far, having already secured World Cup qualification and winning the Azlan Shah Trophy as Great Britain earlier in the year. They are first in action on Sunday.

Rabo EuroHockey Championship Fixtures:
Sat 19/8, 1:45pm, England women vs Ireland
Sun 20/8, 8am, England men vs Poland
Sun 20/8, 4:45pm, England women vs Germany
Mon 21/8, 4pm, England men vs Germany
Tue 22/8, 11:30am, England women vs Scotland
Wed 23/8, 1:45pm, England men vs Ireland
Thu 24/8 Women’s semi finals
Fri 25/8 Men’s semi finals
Sat 26/8 Women’s finals
Sun 27/8 Men’s finals

All games take place at the Wagener Stadium in Amsterdam, live in the UK on BT Sport.

In the absence of Head Coach Danny Kerry, who is recovering from illness, England’s women will be led by Assistant Coach David Ralph. The former Scotland international will lead England against the country of his birth in Tuesday’s final Pool game.

Bobby Crutchley leads the men’s team and is aided by new Assistant Coach Russell Garcia, Great Britain’s youngest hockey gold medal winner at Seoul in 1988.

The Hockey Women’s World Cup 2018 ticket ballot will open on Saturday 19 August, fans can register here to receive information: The World Cup takes place at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, from 21 July to 5 August 2018. With just three England pool matches, tickets to see the England team will be like gold dust.