Minutes of the Executive Board Meeting
Hotel Atlas Medina
31st October, 2014
Marijke Fleuren (President), Carola Meyer, Mika Rihtilä, Jorge Alcover, Ludmila Pastorova, Inez Cooper, Bjorn Isberg, Walter Kapounek, Angus Kirkland, Simon Mason, Gianni Rossi
Apologies for Absence:
Jane Brennan, Operations Manager
The President proposed that the approval of the Minutes of the meeting held on 27th & 28th June in Brussels, be deferred to the meeting in December in order to allow the Executive Board more time to review them.
The President welcomed the Executive Board to Marrakech.
She noted with great sadness the sudden passing of Dr Narinda Batra’s son and wished to pass the EHF’s condolences to all his family.
FIH Executive Board Report
The President reported on the meeting of the FIH Executive Board which was held the day before.
She reported that one of the main discussions was the FIH Strategy and noted with positivity that it is one of the best strategic plans she has seen.
The next task will be to translate this strategy for our National Associations.
Hockey Global was also discussed in the meeting, which the President feels is a very innovative game that provides a chance to promote and develop the sport. She reported that she had offered the EHF’s U16 programme to be used as a starting point in 2016 to showcase what Hockey Global can be in the future.
Reports were also received from all 5 Continental Federations, with Angus Kirkland reporting on behalf of Europe.
She noted that the range of discussions is excellent and now includes social media, events, tournaments and governance.
The message is we are all one Hockey Family and that we want all the world to fall in love with hockey.
Euro Hockey League
Angus Kirkland presented an update on the Euro Hockey League.
A lot happening with the EHL and re-structure of the shareholding group. Following our EB meeting we approached ProSport and since then negotiations have been ongoing.
Separately we have also been finalising the arrangements between the new shareholding group to allow the new shareholders agreement to be signed once (and if) an agreement is finally concluded with ProSport.
The process will continue to be progressed in the coming weeks.
26th General Assembly
The procedure and agenda for the 26th General Assembly due to take place on 31st November was discussed and agreed.
Any Other Business
Walter Kapounek requested the Board’s approval with regard to an issue of Italian team withdrawal.
CUS Pisa withdrew from the Indoor Club Trophy, Women in Vienna which results in only 7 teams left in the tournament.
According to the regulations, one-pool events are only possible in Challenge tournaments.
The highest ranked team in the tournament below is Turkey who are unfortunately hosting the Challenge I therefore it is not possible to invite them to join the Club Trophy
Therefore the Indoor Competitions Committee chair and secretary, along with the Competitions Coordinator recommend that this tournament be played as a one-pool competition in order to maximise playing time for all teams.
It was requested to add to the Appendix B (trophy) the text of the Appendix C (Challenge) re playing in a one-pool competition.
Walter requested the Boards approval for the Indoor Club Trophy to be played as a one-pool competition in 2015, and also to approve the proposed change in regulations.
Bjorn Isberg reported that he would be meeting with the Regulations Working Group the following day to come up with a proposal for U16 rankings.
The official EHF Representatives for the Indoor Season were agreed as follows:
EuroHockey Indoor Junior Championships Men, Torun: Mika Rihtila/Walter Kapounek TBC
EuroHockey Indoor Junior Championships Women, Prague: Carola Meyer.
EuroHockey Indoor Club Cup Men, Mulheim: Marijke Fleuren
EuroHockey Indoor Club Cup Women, Siauliai: Jorge Alcover
The President thanked the Board for their excellent contributions and closed the meeting.