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England to host World League Semi-Final tournament

February 25, 2013
Key Women's event headed to Chiswick, London
England Hockey and the International Hockey Federation (FIH) are delighted to announce that London has been selected to host the women’s Investec Hockey World League Semi Final.
 
The event, a World Cup qualification tournament, will be staged as part of England Hockey’s ongoing commitment to fulfilling the legacy provided by the London 2012 Olympic Games. It will offer thousands of sports fans the opportunity to see world class hockey live in England again after watching the Great Britain women’s team win Olympic bronze at the Riverbank Arena.
 
Continuing their support of the women’s team, Investec will be the headline sponsor for the weeklong tournament, which will take place at the University of Westminster's Quintin Hogg Memorial Sports Ground in Chiswick, London from 22-30 June 2013.  The hosting of this event means that the next Investec London Cup will take place in 2014.
 
England Hockey Chief Executive, Sally Munday, is thrilled with the decision to award the tournament to England, “Following the success of hockey at the Olympic Games last summer we have seen unprecedented interest from people wanting to play and watch our sport. The Investec World League Semi Final provides the perfect opportunity for the British public to see many of our Olympians on home turf again after our women’s team captured the love of the nation last summer. As the only British team to win a medal at the London Games we are looking to continue the increase in publicity for women’s sport and our aspiration to inspire a generation.”
 
On announcing England as hosts, FIH President Leandro Negre said, “I am delighted that the Investec World League Semi Final tournament will be played in England. This is a great start to the London 2012 hockey legacy for the country. I would especially like to thank England Hockey for stepping in at short notice to host such an important FIH event.”
 
Raymond van Niekerk, Investec, commented, “It is fantastic to be welcoming world class hockey back to London.  Women’s hockey has enjoyed a worthy boost following the success of the GB team at the Olympics and the Investec World League will help to maintain the popularity of hockey this summer.  It’s a great honour to extend our support to the event and we look forward to seeing the teams in action this June.”
 
Hockey was the third largest spectator sport at London 2012 with more than 630,000 people visiting the Riverbank Arena to watch the best teams in the world. Following the Games and a successful Hockey Nation campaign, an extra 30,000 adults picked up a stick during 2012, making hockey the biggest growing team sport last year.
 
Eight nations will compete at the Investec World League in London. Alongside England, Olympic silver medallists Argentina, Australia and China all gain automatic qualification to the tournament given their top eight ranking. The remaining four women’s teams will be decided following the completion of the World League Round 2 in Brazil in March.
 
England captain and three-times Olympian Kate Walsh is delighted with the opportunity the tournament will bring: “Having the Investec World League in London will be fantastic for players and spectators alike. The support during the Olympics was incredible and we are delighted to have gained a lot of new fans who will be able to come and watch us in action again. Home support can make all the difference to our performances and we can’t wait to recreate the Riverbank atmosphere all over again. Hosting this tournament really shows the legacy of London 2012 starting to take shape for our sport.”
 
Following the success of the Investec London Cup in 2011 and 2012, England Hockey is continuing its partnership with the University of Westminster to host the Investec World League.
 
Tickets for the Investec World League Semi Final will go on sale on Monday 4 March at 9:00am.
 
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NOTES:
 
World League – the format
·         The world league is split into four rounds:
o    Round 1 – open to all national teams ranked 17th or lower.
o    Round 2 – 24 teams – 4 events – Round 1 qualifiers, teams ranked 9-16.
o    Round 3/Semi Finals – 16 teams – 2 events – Round 2 qualifiers and teams ranked 1-8.
o    Round 4/Finals – 8 teams – 1 event – Semi Final qualifiers and hosts.
 
More about the World League Semi Finals
·         The World League Semi Finals involves two women’s and men’s tournaments: 
o    Semi Final 1 – men’s and women’s tournament: Rotterdam, Netherlands from 12-23 June 2013. 
o    Semi Final 2 women’s tournament: London, England 22-30 June 2013
o    Semi Final 2 men’s tournament: Johor Bahru, Malaysia, 29 June – 7 July 2013
o    England’s men will compete in semi final 2 in Malaysia.
o    The decision to split the competition was made by the FIH following original hosts Germany’s recent decision to withdraw their commitment due to financial reasons.
 
Qualification for the World League
·         The top eight FIH ranked men’s and women’s teams automatically qualified for the World League Semi Finals and teams have been allocated to their respective tournaments Holland, England and Malaysia based on their World Ranking as at 1 January 2013.
o    The top eight women’s teams that have automatically qualified for the World League Semi Finals in Holland and England are: Argentina, Netherlands, Germany, China, England, Australia, New Zealand and Korea.
o    The top eight FIH ranked men’s teams that have automatically qualified for the World League Semi Finals in Holland and Malaysia are: Australia, Germany, Netherlands, England, Spain, Korea, New Zealand and Pakistan.
 
About Investec, principal sponsor of the England women’s hockey team
Investec is an international specialist bank and asset manager that provides a diverse range of financial products and services to a select client base. The group was established in 1974 and has core activities in the UK, South Africa and Australia, employing approximately 7300 employees.
 
Investec focuses on delivering distinctive profitable solutions for its clients in three core areas of activity, namely Specialist Banking, Wealth & Investment and Asset Management.
 
Investec sponsors English Test Cricket, the Investec Derby Festival, the England & GB Women’s Hockey team, the South African Women’s Hockey team, Tottenham Hotspur in cup competitions, the Investec Tri Nations Rugby and Investec Super Rugby in New Zealand.

England Hockey and the International Hockey Federation (FIH) are delighted to announce that London has been selected to host the women’s Investec Hockey World League Semi Final.
 
The event, a World Cup qualification tournament, will be staged as part of England Hockey’s ongoing commitment to fulfilling the legacy provided by the London 2012 Olympic Games. It will offer thousands of sports fans the opportunity to see world class hockey live in England again after watching the Great Britain women’s team win Olympic bronze at the Riverbank Arena.
 
Continuing their support of the women’s team, Investec will be the headline sponsor for the weeklong tournament, which will take place at the University of Westminster's Quintin Hogg Memorial Sports Ground in Chiswick, London from 22-30 June 2013.  The hosting of this event means that the next Investec London Cup will take place in 2014.
 
England Hockey Chief Executive, Sally Munday, is thrilled with the decision to award the tournament to England, “Following the success of hockey at the Olympic Games last summer we have seen unprecedented interest from people wanting to play and watch our sport. The Investec World League Semi Final provides the perfect opportunity for the British public to see many of our Olympians on home turf again after our women’s team captured the love of the nation last summer. As the only British team to win a medal at the London Games we are looking to continue the increase in publicity for women’s sport and our aspiration to inspire a generation.”
 
On announcing England as hosts, FIH President Leandro Negre said, “I am delighted that the Investec World League Semi Final tournament will be played in England. This is a great start to the London 2012 hockey legacy for the country. I would especially like to thank England Hockey for stepping in at short notice to host such an important FIH event.”
 
Raymond van Niekerk, Investec, commented, “It is fantastic to be welcoming world class hockey back to London.  Women’s hockey has enjoyed a worthy boost following the success of the GB team at the Olympics and the Investec World League will help to maintain the popularity of hockey this summer.  It’s a great honour to extend our support to the event and we look forward to seeing the teams in action this June.”
 
Hockey was the third largest spectator sport at London 2012 with more than 630,000 people visiting the Riverbank Arena to watch the best teams in the world. Following the Games and a successful Hockey Nation campaign, an extra 30,000 adults picked up a stick during 2012, making hockey the biggest growing team sport last year.
 
Eight nations will compete at the Investec World League in London. Alongside England, Olympic silver medallists Argentina, Australia and China all gain automatic qualification to the tournament given their top eight ranking. The remaining four women’s teams will be decided following the completion of the World League Round 2 in Brazil in March.
 
England captain and three-times Olympian Kate Walsh is delighted with the opportunity the tournament will bring: “Having the Investec World League in London will be fantastic for players and spectators alike. The support during the Olympics was incredible and we are delighted to have gained a lot of new fans who will be able to come and watch us in action again. Home support can make all the difference to our performances and we can’t wait to recreate the Riverbank atmosphere all over again. Hosting this tournament really shows the legacy of London 2012 starting to take shape for our sport.”
 
Following the success of the Investec London Cup in 2011 and 2012, England Hockey is continuing its partnership with the University of Westminster to host the Investec World League.
 
Tickets for the Investec World League Semi Final will go on sale on Monday 4 March at 9:00am.

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