BBC to show EuroHockey nations championship on BBC iPlayer, Red Button and online

The BBC has always been a big supporter of Olympic sports and we are building on the success of London 2012 to enhance our coverage of these sports throughout the year.”Barbara Slater, Director, BBC Sport
Date: 27.06.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.58
BBC Sport has secured rights to the EuroHockey Nations Championship. From 17 August, the BBC will air all England, Scotland and Ireland games on BBC iPlayer, the Red Button or online, bringing the audience more hockey than ever before.

At London 2012, Team GB’s women won a bronze medal, the first women’s Olympic hockey medal in 20 years and only the second in their history. A peak audience of 8 million viewers watched Team GB’s men play the Netherlands in their London 2012 semi-final. Participation in hockey has followed suit, following the success of the national teams, with a growth in participation in 2012.

Sally Munday, Chief Executive of England Hockey, notes the important of the BBC’s coverage in continuing the momentum hockey is gathering: “With the international teams on the up and hockey an ever-increasingly exciting sport to watch, mainstream coverage of top-level hockey is instrumental in helping us increase the visibility of the sport. We hope the British public enjoy the coverage and that people are inspired to get involved in the sport.”

The EuroHockey Nations Championship will be held in Belgium from 17 to 25 August, with both the male and female competitions featuring eight teams. England, Ireland and Scotland will compete in the Women’s Championships, while England and Ireland will compete in the Men’s Championships.

You can follow progress on international fixtures at bbc.co.uk/sport.

Notes to Editors

More information on England hockey tournaments and players can be found on englandhockey.co.uk.

More information on how to get into hockey is available at hockeynation.info.