Executive Board Meeting
Brussels, Belgium
27th & 28th March 2015

The Executive Board of the European Hockey Federation met for the first time in 2015 over the weekend, in Brussels, Belgium. The full Board was in attendance and there was lively debate and discussions on all matters.

The President opened the meeting with a welcome and general update. The Board then received reports from:

Competitions Committee – Outdoor updated the Board on the progress of EuroHockey Club and Nations (U18 & Senior) Championships for 2015, all of which is going according to plan. Date windows for the 2016 and 2017 Nations tournaments (U16, U18, Junior & Senior) were proposed and agreed.

2016
The U16 H5 events must be held between Sat 2-Sun 17 July 2016 (preference Sat 2-Sat 9)
The U18 events must be held between Sat 16-Sun 31 July 2016 (preference Sat 23-Sun 31)

2017
The U16 H5 events must be held between Sat 1 – Sun 16 July 2017 (preferences Sat 1-Sun 9 July)
The Junior events must be held between Sat 8 Jul-Sun 23 July 2017 (preference Sat 15 – Sun 23 July
The Senior events must be held between Sat 29 Jul-Sun 13 Aug 2017

Euro Hockey League the Board was updated on the status of the EHL from both a governance and an organisational point of view. The President outlined the final process of buying out ProSport and bringing in MediaPro as a new shareholder. It was reported that with the introduction of MediaPro as a new shareholder that there will be a significant increase in television coverage and distribution. Jorge Alcover updated the Board on the organisation of the forthcoming KO16/Final4. The Board wished to express its thanks to the KNHB events team who have been assisting with the organisation and logistics of the KO16/Final Four round in Bloemendaal, and they look forward to an exciting and successful tournament.

Competitions Committee – Indoor updated the Board on the recently completed Indoor season 2015 including updates on the successful use of the TMS and AltiusRT systems used these events.
The President updated the Board on a discussion with the FIH at its recent Executive Board meeting with regard to the future of Indoor Hockey. The EHF Indoor Competitions Committee have been invited to present a proposal to the FIH Rules Board on returning to the 6 v 6 format at their next meeting in May 2015.

Development Projects Committee updated the Board on the recent EHF Central Region Hockey Forum which took place in Zagreb, Croatia, as well as the Hockey 5s U16 Mediterranean Cup planned for June in Malta; planning for the Euro ParaHockey Tournament in London in August. It was reported that due to late receipt of some entries, EHF Club of the Year for 2014 is still being discussed by the committee who hope to have recommendations for the Board to approve as soon as possible.

Jamie Hooper, Chair, EHF Youth Panel gave an excellent presentation to the Board on the Youth Panel’s work in 2014, its plans for 2015 and future strategy. Jaime reported on a successful Youth Panel meeting which took place in Gothenburg in May and the outcomes of the meeting including plans to expand the panel and clarity on the terms of reference of being involved and the roles involved. It was agreed a Board member would be a patron of the Youth Panel to support closer interaction.

Education Committee’s three Working Groups: Officials, Coaches and Umpires updated the Board, following on from their recent meeting earlier in the month, on the activities in 2015 to date. Inez Cooper confirmed that the numbers participating and activities scheduled where in line with the plans approved by the Board for the year.

Communications – a report was received from the Communications committee which included proposed plans for creation of YouTube content for the EHF Channel. The Committee will report back on the associated costs with creating content specifically aimed at events not televised and at events were the host engages in its own streaming. It was noted a new page on the home page of the website has been initiated highlighting when and where to watch Hockey. Recommendations for 2015 Hall of Fame inductees were discussed and agreed.

Appointments – a report was received from the Appointments Committee with analysis of appointments from the recently completed Indoor Season. The committee also provided key points to encourage National Associations with their nominations and improvement of the Appointments procedure.

EuroHockey Championships 2015, 2017 and 2019 – the Director General updated the Board on the progress of the upcoming EuroHockey Championships for 2015 which will take place in London.
He also updated the Board on planning and finalising of the contract for the Championships in 2017 being held in the Netherlands.
The Netherlands will also bid to host the European Games in 2019, and if their bid is successful it is anticipated that hockey will be considered a prominent sport in these games. The Board agreed that in these circumstances the EuroHockey Championships 2019 should form part of these European Games. It was clarified that inclusion in the European Games was on a Games by Games basis depending on the stature of the sport in the hosting country.

27th General Assembly 2015 – a theme, timings and format was agreed for the General Assembly in August. The protocol for the elections was approved which was in line with the previous Election protocol.

Strategy & FIH Hockey Revolution – the Board took time to discuss the FIH Hockey Revolution strategy in great detail, and to share ideas as to how the EHF and our National Associations could play a role in driving this strategy. The Board were updated on the submitted Operational Plan and how that will operate going forward. It was also agreed that a timeline for the review of the EHF Strategic Goals and Plan would be discussed in the next Executive Board meeting in June. The MOU with the FIH has been agreed and signed off.

The Hon Treasurer – updated the Board on the end of year accounts for 2014 and the budget for 2015.

The President thanked the Board members for their contributions and concluded the meeting. The next meeting is scheduled for June 19th and 20th