July 1st, Breda, The Netherlands; The EHF and KNHB are delighted to announce that the 2021 EuroHockey Championships, men and women will take place in August 2021 in the Wagener Stadium.
The 2021 Championships, men and women will be held once again in the Wagener Stadium following the successful bid by the KNHB. The announcement was made via Facebook live during the Final of the Champions Trophy in Breda today. The KNHB not only bid to host the EHC but have committed to a two-year programme of twinning between Dutch clubs and European clubs / nations.
The top 8 women’s and 8 men’s European teams will compete to be crowned European Champions.
Qualifiers will come from the top 6 teams at the 2019 EuroHockey Championships that will be held in Antwerp 16th – 25th and the top 2 teams from the 2019 EuroHockey Championships II (Men, Cambrai 28 July – 3rd August and Women, Glasgow, 4th – 10th August).
At the announcement the EHF President, Marijke Fleuren said “The EHF is very pleased to be coming back, after Antwerp next year, to Amstelveen in 2021 for the EuroHockey Championships. The KNHB will, for sure, provide a player centric event, this is critical to our belief that the number one requirement of a real event should revolve around the athletes needs so that they can perform and shine at the elite levels. In addition, we can share the knowledge and expertise of Dutch hockey once again around the continent of Europe. One of the core values of the EHF is to be inclusive; the sharing knowledge programme provides access to hockey for our ParaHockey players and urban hockey opens the game of hockey to new players. We hope to set another milestone in inclusivity. We are looking forward to working with Erik and his team towards again a truly memorable EuroHockey Championships.”
Erik Cornelissen, President KNHB added: “It’s fantastic that the EuroHockey Championships return to The Netherlands. After the successful EuroHockey Championships in 2017, we are already looking forward to 2021. The Wagener Stadium offers a beautiful stage for the best hockey players in Europe to get the most out of themselves. A modern environment with great facilities, a fantastic audience and in good cooperation with our partners. The KNHB is committed to share its knowledge and experiences and that of the 322 hockey clubs with other European countries. Together we can expand and strengthen our sport. We’ll do our utmost to make the EuroHockey Championships 2021 an unforgettable hockey spectacle.”