We are proud to announce the 2017 EHF Club of the Year Winners!
EHF President Marijke Fleuren said of the winners: “It is fantastic to see and read about the remarkable hockey clubs we have in Europe. The innovative initiatives from clubs, both big and small, are outstanding. Reading the applications, you could sense the enthusiasm, inspiration and sense of a strong community bond. I would like to congratulate both Atlètic Terrassa and ETB SW Essen for their awards. Well done!”
Each winning club will receive up to 500 Euros towards kit and equipment from the European Hockey Federation.
Large Club of the Year 2017: Atlètic Terrassa, Spain
Atlètic was founded in 1952 and nowadays is the largest (in quantity of players, teams and fields) of all the Hockey Clubs in Spain. Moreover, the philosophy since its foundation has been to have a great hockey youth base and develop players. Atlètic has the European record of Olympic players grown at the club and playing for their main squads. At the same time, a strong governance model through volunteering has led them to be a very community-driven Club, with a lot of innovative projects going on all the time and a deep commitment to all of their members.
Oriol Cortada, Director of Atlètic “”We are extremely proud to receive this prestigious award of European Club of the Year. At Atlètic we have always strived to keep the genuine spirit of hockey as well as perform innovative and successful projects. This is a major recognition to the whole family of Atlètic Terrassa Hockey Club that encourages us to continue at the top of European Hockey!”.
José Antonio Gil, General Secretary of the Spanish Hockey Federation recognised: “We are very proud because Atlètic Terrassa Hockey Club has been designated as Club of the Year 2017. The ATHC is a reference in Spain in the promotion and development of hockey. We are very grateful to the European Federation for this recognition that does justice to the work and the enthusiasm of ATHC for our sport.”
Small Club of the Year 2017: ETB SW Essen, Germany
Essen now has teams from the age of 4 through to adults playing in various teams with the oldest players over 70 and play in the fun teams of the club. The club runs courses teaching young players to able to come forward if they are facing challenges. The club also donates to UNICEF as part of their annual girls’ tournament. There is full integration of special hockey players in the club and a great community that takes part in all club activities.
Sonja Ricken stated on behalf of the club “ETB Essen is very honoured to receive the EHF Club Award of the Year. We understand this award as a great thank you to all our members, coaches and volunteers that make the club a familiar place to be. We hope that the award motivates everyone to keep up with the great work.”
Maren Boyé, DHB-Director Sports Development said “Congratulations to ETB Essen, receiving the Small EHF Club of the year Award 2017! ETB is a good example for a small club aiming for development by concentrating on a certain subjects and we are proud seeing Clubs like ETB Essen grow and being successful with their work. Especially the development based on Specialhockey (ParaHockey) is exemplary for systematic structured work over years. We wish all members and the executive Board of ETB Essen all the best for their work in the future”
The clubs will be awarded their 500 Euro prize money at events in the coming months in Germany and Spain where the EHF Executive Board will come and meet the winning clubs.
The EHF would like to extend its thanks to all the clubs that entered the 2017 Club of the Year, the application standard was fantastic.
To read more about the EHF Club of the Year initiative, click here
The 2018 Club of the Year applications will open in October this year, more details above.