England v Scotland and a New Home for the National Indoor Finals

Glenn Kirkham, Ashley Jackson and Jonty Clarke celebrate an England goal against Scotland at the International Indoor Tri-Nations, Eastleigh, December 2008
The great cross-border sporting rivalry that is England versus Scotland will be rekindled this winter at the National Indoor Arena (NIA) in Birmingham when the two nations clash on Monday 7 December in the lightning quick, six-a-side indoor version of the game.

The fast paced indoor game never fails to generate great excitement for spectators with plenty of goalmouth action, high scoring matches and top quality skills on show from some of the country’s best players.  The NIA has proved a great venue for the indoor game in the past and visitors to this event are certainly in for a treat with not one, but two big clashes as both countries’ national men’s and women’s teams take part.  The women’s match is at 18:45 followed by the men’s clash at 20:00.

Tickets for the event are on sale now from The Ticket Factory on 0844 33 88 000 and at www.theticketfactory.com.

Bowdon Hightown celebrate winning the 2009 Women's National Indoor Hockey Championships at the National Indoor Arena (NIA), 25 January 2009

Staying with the indoor game, in January 2010, England’s National Indoor Hockey Championships will move to a new venue, the Trent FM Arena Nottingham.  The culmination of the indoor league season for both the men’s and women’s indoor club championships and the under 16 and under 18 clubs and schools competitions, the National Indoor Hockey Championships is the biggest indoor hockey event in the country and in 2010 it gets even bigger as it moves from a one day event to two days over the weekend of 30 & 31 January 2010.

Speaking about the move to the Trent FM Arena Nottingham, England Hockey Competitions and Events Manager Stephen Barlow said, “2010 is an exciting year for hockey in Nottingham.  We have the Samsung Women’s Champions Trophy tournament at Highfields in July and we are looking forward to starting the year at the Trent FM Arena which will be another fantastic venue for the indoor game.”     

Geoff Huckstep, Chief Executive of the Trent FM Arena Nottingham is also looking forward to hockey’s arrival at the venue:  “The Trent FM Arena Nottingham looks forward to welcoming the National Indoor Hockey Championships for the first time in January 2010.  This event promises to provide very exciting and competitive finishes to some great tournaments.                                                                                                                                                                                  
“Hockey in England is on a high following the recent success of England’s men’s national team at the EuroHockey Nations Championships in Amsterdam so what better time to host such a prestigious event as the National Indoor Championships in the city of Nottingham.”

The schedule for the National Indoor Hockey Championships finals weekend is as follows:

Saturday 30 January 2010
15:00 – Boys U16 Schools Final
15:50 – Girls U16 Schools Final
16:40 – Boys U18 Schools Final
17:30 – Girls U18 Schools Final
18:50 – Women’s Cup Semi Final 1
20:00 – Women’s Cup Semi Final 2

Sunday 31 January 2010
10:00 - Boys U16 Clubs Final
10:50 – Girls U16 Clubs Final
11:40 – Boys U18 Clubs Final
12:30 – Girls U18 Clubs Final
13:50 – Men’s Cup Semi Final 1
15:00 – Men’s Cup Semi Final 2
16:10 – Women’s Cup Final 
17:30 – Men’s Cup Final 

Tickets for the event will be on sale shortly via the England Hockey website at www.englandhockey.co.uk/tickets.