28th October 2019, Brussels: Next up in our series of articles on the European candidates for the FIH elections is Sue Catton, England, who is stranding for re-election to the FIH Board. 

We in the EHF have had the privilege of working closely with Sue especially during the Unibet EuroHockey Championships in London where she was the Event Manager, so we are in no doubt of her capabilities and passion for our sport. 

Her CV is exemplary with experience of hockey both on and off the pitch! She has played hockey all her life, representing England in latter years on their very competitive and successful Masters team. In her professional life she is the Head of Events (including Competitions) at England Hockey. This strategic, commercial and organisational experience is vital to her current role on the FIH Board, where her functions also include Chair of the Masters Panel Committee

We asked Sue what sets her apart and why the Member Associations from all over the World should re-elect her, she said “It has been a privilege to serve as on the FIH Executive Board for the last four years, at a time of such exciting change for our sport.  Having been at the heart of shaping and developing the FIH’s 10 year strategy I am passionate about the Hockey Revolution and our ambition to become ‘a global game that inspires the next generation.’  We have come a long way, but there is more work to be done and I want to use all my experience to help to continue to deliver this change. Through this experience, along with my professional experience gained as Head of Events and Competitions at England Hockey, I feel I can offer will support continuity and strategic focus in a period of change for the FIH.  

I am also a committed champion for the growth of our sport at all levels, and in all nations. This is where the Hockey Revolution is also critical as it will mean more resources flowing into the game, more coaches, more equipment and better pitches.  It will make ‘top down’ funding real and concrete, especially for emerging nations.

Hockey is my life and I can personally assure you Member Associations that I would will continue to work tirelessly for you and our sport. I would be honoured if you would give me the opportunity to serve you again on the FIH Executive Board.’

For more information on the other candidates click here