Key announcements follow on from FIH Congress in Delhi

Pakistan's men's team at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in London

Following on from the International Hockey Federation (FIH)'s bi-annual congress in Delhi, there are a number of key announcements relating to hockey on these shores.

FIH Pro League venues for Pakistan's men
'Home' venues for Pakistan's men's team's matches in the FIHPL have been announced, and they will play one of their 'home' matches in London at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre. Their game against Australia will take place on Friday 7 June 2019, making a double header as Great Britain's women take on Germany on the same day. Tickets will allow entry to both games, and go on general sale later this month.

Kate Richardson-Walsh joines Athletes' Committee

England and Great Britain’s record female caps holder Kate Richardson-Walsh was appointed to the Athletes’ Committee, helping ensure that athletes have influence in the FIH decision-making process. Kate said, ‘It’s a huge honour to be selected as a member of the FIH Athletes’ Committee, alongside some exceptional, current and former, international players. We hope to continue the great work that the previous committee has undertaken, chaired so fantastically well by Annie Panter and Marsha Cox. As hockey continues to grow around the world, it’s important that the athletes’ voice remains an integral part of the conversation and decision-making process.’

England Hockey's Sue Catton awarded Order of Merit
England Hockey’s Head of Events Sue Catton was awarded the FIH Order of Merit. The Order of Merit is awarded for exceptional achievement or contribution in the international field, and Sue has was honoured for her long-standing contribution to international Masters hockey. Sue’s continued contribution to the sport cannot be understated, and she led the Events team at this summer’s Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup in London. She commented, ‘I feel very honoured to have been recognised by the FIH with this Order of Merit alongside people who I have looked up to, respected and been supported by over the years. So many people give tirelessly of their time to support the growth and development of hockey worldwide on a daily basis. I also feel very proud to have been given the opportunity to play a part in developing the future for Masters hockey but there is still much work to be done to realise the huge potential.’

Hockey Museum's prestigious award
The Hockey Museum – based in Woking, Surrey – was announced as a winner of an FIH President Award, for their role in ensuring the history of the sport is being preserved for future generations.  Katie Dodd of the Hockey Museum said, “We are delighted to have been recognised in this way by the President of the FIH.  This award will undoubtedly help to raise the profile of the Museum and the importance of ensuring that the history of hockey is continually treasured.”