As we continue our series of Motivational Monday articles, we are delighted to announce the details of how the teams will qualify for the 2016 ABNAmro Junior EHL which will take place during the 2016 KO16.
The Under-14 sides of MHC Oranje Zwart, AH&BC Amsterdam and SV Kampong will battle it out to the Dutch representative at the ABN AMRO Junior EHL on Wednesday, December 2nd.
The sides will meet at the neutral venue of HC Houten, battling it out for the one ticket to play next Easter in the second international edition of the ABN AMRO Junior EHL which will run beside the main EHL KO16 event.
There, the Dutch champion will come up against representatives from Belgium, Spain and Germany in a four-team competition, played over one day, for the Junior EHL title.
From Belgium, KHC Dragons are already confirmed as their representative based on their ranking from the 2014/15 season.
In Spain, their representative will be determined after three rounds of matches over the next few weeks with fixtures in Real Club de Polo on December 12th and in Atlètic Terrassa on December 13th. The first series was played at Club Egara. The German representative will be determined in due course.
As a Partner of the Future, ABN AMRO is always trying to help nurture and stimulate young sports stars in their development from talent to the elite level. The ABN AMRO Junior EHL is a prime example of this.
In April 2015, Oranje Zwart matched their adult counterparts when they won the ABN AMRO Junior EHL ahead of Atlètic Terrassa, Dragons and UHC Hamburg in Bloemendaal. The sides played in the main stadium, using EHL rules with top level international umpires officiating.
The Junior EHL was first conceived in 2014 with Dutch clubs Nijmegen, Naarden, Laren and Rotterdam taking part, before the tournament grew to encompass international teams.
** To keep up to date with the ABN AMRO Junior EHL on social media, use the hashtag: #ABNAMROJEHL or visit www.ehlhockey.tv
Pictures: Hannie Verhoeven/EHL