Executive Board meeting, Brussels, 12th and 13th December 2014

17th December 2014

17.12/2014- The Executive Board of the European Hockey Federation met for the final time in 2014 over the weekend, in Brussels, Belgium.
During the meeting, the Board received reports from:
Development Coordination Committee, who met on 11th December and presented their full annual report to the Executive Board, giving updates on activities in 2014, and plans for 2015. Norman Hughes reported on the activities that the Education and Development committee were involved in during 2014, and outlined plans for 2015. The requested budgets for these plans which were outlined in the September meeting were officially approved.
Competitions – Indoor updated the Board on progress of the EuroHockey Indoor Junior Championship and Club tournaments in 2015.
Competitions – Outdoor updated the Board on the ongoing arrangements for all outdoor tournaments in 2015.
David Voskamp updated the board on the proposed format for the U16s Hockey5s format.
It was agreed that the recent Rules of Hockey published by the FIH would come into effect in European competitions as of 1st January 2015
A presentation on the upcoming EuroHockey Championships 2015 in London was received from Andy Tapley (Chair of the Organising Committee) and Jonathon Cockroft (England Hockey Commercial Director).
The Director General, Angus Kirkland updated the Board on the status of the Euro Hockey League.
He also reported on the European Olympic Committee General Assembly which took place in Baku. The President attended this event with Angus, who reported that it had been an excellent networking opportunity where they had the chance to meet with many NOC Presidents.
He noted with pleasure that EHF Partner AzPetrol had agreed to continue their partnership with the European Hockey Federation for 2015.
Communications – The annual report from EHF Communications Manager,  Siobhan Madeley was received covering the topics of Fan Engagement, Communications Channels and Current Services & Analysis.
Appointments – The annual report from EHF Appointments Committee Chair, Ray O’Connor was also received. He explained that the Appointments Committee strives to work with integrity, simplicity and understanding. The Executive Board approved a proposal from the committee for Yolande Brada to join the Umpires Working Group in order to have a better link between Umpire Education and Appointments.
The Hon Treasurer updated the Board on the year to date accounts, and outlook for the year. The Budget for 2015 and requests were approved.
27th EHF General Assembly 2015 Feedback received from delegates in Marrakesh with regard to the General Assembly in 2015 was discussed and reviewed.

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