31.08.2018: As the sun set on the Queen Elisabeth Olympic Park following an outstanding Unibet EuroHockey Championships, the EHF and KNHB signed the contract for the 2017 EuroHockey Championships.
On signing the contract the EHF President Marijke Fleuren said “As we close what was a fantastic EuroHockey Championships in London, it is our great pleasure to know that this Championships is in the very safe hands of the KNHB in 2017. Every world Level hockey event seems to set down a new marker, being bigger, bolder and louder than the last! We have seen here in London the wonderful pride of the fans and how our athletes have enjoyed the interaction with the adoring fans. We know that the KNHB will run another player centric event and we are very much looking forward to working with them over the next 2 years.”
Erik Cornelissen, President of the KNHB “We are very happy to host the next EuroHockey Championships. After the World Cup in 2014 it is the next big event that we will host. We will have men and women together in the famous Wagner Stadium. One part of our bid was really to get the whole of Europe involved, not just the participating teams but the 43 Member Associations of the EHF. So we have have programmes planned on Development, Sharing Knowledge and a lot of side events and we hope to have all the Members there. After this great event in London we are very happy to be the next host!”
During the closing ceremony of the Unibet EuroHockey Championships, Sue Bodycomb, President of England Hockey handed over the EHF Flag to Erik Cornelissen.
More details will be announced on the 2017 EuroHockey Championships in due course.
Photographs: l-r: Erik Gerritsen, CEO KNHB, Marijke Fleuren, Erik Cornelissen and Angus Kirkland, DG EHF.
Sue Bodycomb hands over the EHF Flag to Erik Cornelissen