Futures Cup 2020 venue announced

Futures Cup 2020 venue announced
Futures Cup is the pinnacle of the Player Pathway for U15 and U17 boys and girls and is the culmination of the Performance Centre cycle. It is a four-day competition and includes an athlete village and competition venue experience, player education sessions, training and rest days and provides that first opportunity for our young, talented athletes to attend an international style tournament.

Over the last few months, England Hockey have undergone a thorough tender process to confirm the venue for Futures Cup. Following the initial application phase, several organisations submitted their expression of interest and an England Hockey panel shortlisted three applications; Nottingham Hockey Centre & University of Nottingham, Oaklands College & University of Hertfordshire, and University of Birmingham. Following this shortlisting, a Player Pathway Team visited these venues for a further insight.

They all delivered a very strong and professional proposal and all had different attributes and strengths that could build on and develop the whole event making it a positive learning environment to our talented young players. After due consideration the host venue was awarded to Oaklands College and University of Hertfordshire for Futures Cup 2020 with an option for 2021.

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Orla Moore, Commercial Operations Manager at Oaklands College stated:

“Oaklands College is proud to have hosted the England Hockey’s Futures Cup for four consecutive years and we are delighted to have been appointed as the host venue for a fifth successive year in 2020. 

"The tournament is a highlight in the annual events calendar at Oaklands College. Working alongside the University of Hertfordshire and St Albans Hockey Club, we were delighted to be able to again welcome hundreds of talented hockey players from up and down the country to our state-of-the-art facilities.” 

Dan Douglas, Sales and Events at University of Hertfordshire commented:

"Here at the University of Hertfordshire we are delighted to have been successful in the tender process and to have the privilege of jointly hosting the Futures Cup. Elite sport is a huge focus for Herts and the opportunity to provide a base for the players and staff is one which we take great pride in, showcasing our first-class sport and academic facilities across the campus. We are very much looking forward to working with England Hockey in delivering the best environment for the squads to achieve maximum potential and go on to great things on and off the pitch."

Sally Mapley, England Hockey Player Pathway Manager commented:
"We were delighted with the interest from clubs, universities and colleges to bid for hosting Futures Cup. The quality of applications required us to invest some time in coming to a measured decision but definitely worthwhile and we are excited to continue our relationship with Oaklands and the University of Hertfordshire to deliver this well regarded event.”