England Hockey are delighted to announce that the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup has been nominated for Event of the Year at the BT Sport Industry Awards.
The event in the summer of 2018 was attended by more than 120,000 people, making it the biggest standalone female sporting event that the UK has ever seen. Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre’s capacity was increased to more than 10,000, with all England games completely sold out.
Over sixteen days 320 athletes, 160 support staff, 26 officials, 120,000 spectators, 282 accredited media and 650 volunteers brought the event to life, including the bespoke Fan Central and also a Red Arrows flyover on the opening day of play.
The event delivered ground-breaking broadcast production by BT Sport and was watched across 98 global markets. Crucially, England Hockey’s complementary ‘Your World Cup’ grassroots campaign connected the event with over 1500 hockey events nationwide. The estimated positive economic impact was more than £8million.
Delivered in partnership with FIH, UK Sport, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, Greater London Authority, London & Partners and the London Legacy Development Corporation, the World Cup was rated on average 9 out of 10 by supporters who attended.
Chair of the event’s Organising Committee Andy Tapley said, “This is fantastic news and I would like to congratulate everyone involved for making the event such a huge success.
“Hosting an event of this magnitude is by far the biggest task that England Hockey have ever undertaken, and in my opinion they delivered the best world cup that hockey has ever seen.
“There are so many people that are worthy of recognition, including our event partners, England Hockey staff, the players & officials, supporters and of course our fantastic Hockey Makers whose passionate volunteering makes hockey events so very special.
“With the FIH Pro League coming to London very soon at both Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre and the Twickenham Stoop, this is a fantastic time to get on board with hockey.”
Hockey continues to move forward in 2019, with Great Britain’s teams taking part in the first ever FIH Pro League, a brand new competition with 15 of the world’s best teams competing across the globe.
Great Britain’s home games begin at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre at the end of April, while the competition concludes with a hugely exciting double header at the Twickenham Stoop on Sunday June 23. The league is a fantastic new platform for the sport, as hockey grows apace on these shores.