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University of Edinburgh to host EuroHockey Club Challenge I

The European Hockey Federation (EHF) has awarded Edinburgh University the rights to host the EuroHockey Club Challenge I (Women) 2018. The tournament will be held at Sport & Exercise Peffermill from 18-21 May 2018.

Edinburgh University (EUWHC) and Milne Craig Clydesdale Western will represent Scotland in the tournament and have the great opportunity to compete at this level on home turf. 

We are thrilled to be chosen to host this event and offer our international standard facilities to this prestigious competition. We will be joined by top teams and this is a fantastic accolade and opportunity for our EUWHC team and will no doubt be a lasting memory of their student experience

Jim Aitken MBEDirector of Sport at University of Edinburgh

In Pool A, EUWHC will compete against Swansea City (Wal), HC Metrostroy (Rus), and HC Rottweiss Wettingen (SUI), while CUS Pisa (ITA), Gintra Strekte Uni HC (LTU), Braxgata HC (Bel), and Clydesdale Western HC will play in in Pool B.

The University team completed a domestic treble last season as well as lifting the European Challenge Trophy which was held in Vienna, making it the second year running that the club had triumphed at that level after winning in Prague in 2016.

This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the world-class hockey we are capable of and bring international hockey to Edinburgh.

Eugene ConnellyDirector of Hockey at Edinburgh

It is the first time that the Women’s Challenge 1 has been held in Scotland and teams and players will benefit from the brand new Polytan playing surface that was recently unveiled at Peffermill (link to article) which represents a £360,000 investment by the University and is the first phase of a £3.15 million masterplan for outdoor sport at Edinburgh.

Scottish Hockey CEO David Sweetman said:

We’re delighted that another tremendous hockey event is coming to Scotland and would like to congratulate Edinburgh University on their successful bid. It’s great news for Scotland, Edinburgh, and for hockey across the country.

“Scotland has become a home for hockey and it’s fantastic to have more top-class European hockey on home soil. We look forward to what will be another exciting tournament in Scotland, and a great showcase for the sport.

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