19th October 2016: The EHF is delighted to announce the Technical and Umpiring Appointments for all of our 2017 EuroHockey outdoor events.

Appointed as Technical Delegates to the Rabo EuroHockey Championships, David Collier and Barbara Morgan took time out to chat to us about these important appointments:

Barbara said that she felt very honoured to be appointed to the top level event in Europe. Actually “I’m chuffed” she added. David also felt privileged to be appointed saying ” The EuroHockey Championships is one of the highlights of the world hockey calendar. Players aspire to participate in the top events and for officials the goal is exactly the same. To be part of a tournament that regularly delivers some of the best matches which our sport can offer is a real privilege.” 

As to what qualities that they believe they bring to the event Barbara said  I like to think that I have excellent leadership qualities, I’m a calm person with integrity, prepared to listen to both sides of a discussion, but I have no problem in making decisions and dealing with disciplinary issues when I have to! I am aware that the focus of the event is the players and about them showcasing all that they have prepared for on the pitch, we are there to facilitate that and ensure a level playing field for everyone. I have a very open door approach with the managers, but I expect them to be also well prepared.”

David, coming to the event as head of a world governing body of one sport and being CEO in England of another sport as well as having chaired the FIH Rules Committee for a number of years said that he hopes that “some of the lessons we have learned from other sports can hopefully enhance what is a great Championships even further. Also having been TD at events in India as well as Europe can hopefully bring some experience of major events to create the best possible atmosphere for the players, teams and spectators.” 

In relation to the changing role of the TD, Barbara said that she is sure that her role as FIH Technical Educator and all that she has learned as part of the EHF Education Committee will stand to her, as she is very focused on the professional expectations of her and her team. “Whilst we, (technical officials) are volunteers we are expected to act in a very professional way, to ensure that the image of hockey is delivered in the best possible way worldwide. I understand that we  are there to ensure the delivery of a good event, not just in and around the field of play but also in relation to the requirements of TV, sponsors, the fans, sports presentation and the media.” David agreed with Barbara on the changing role “The role is no longer just about checking details, the TD and all the officials have to keep pace with the advances that Barbara has mentioned and be just as professional as the teams.” 

With regard to working with David, Barbara said she was delighted to hear that she would be working with such an experienced and well respected TD. She fully believes that they will compliment eachother and do a great job for hockey. David added he has experience of joint men’s and women’s events “The Commonwealth Games in Delhi was a great example of the men’s and women’s teams working closely together. Rosie Stern was my counterpart there and we regularly discussed our briefings, thoughts on the matches and worked together with the LOC. I am sure Barbara and I will adopt a very similar approach to ensure as much consistency as possible and to deliver a really great event.”

Finally both of them are looking forward to working with the KNHB events team, they like all hockey followers are really looking forward to a tournament being played in a country which is so passionate about hockey as witnessed during the recent World Cup in Amsterdam . They are sure that there will be a great atmosphere within the stadium and that will bring the best out of all players and officials alike.

For a full list of confirmed appointments click on our homepage www.eurohockey.org and GO TO Appointments