EuroHockey representatives joined with members of the Federacao Portuguesa de Hoquei (PHF) for important discussions with the Portuguese Olympic Committee to develop the sport in the country.
Secretary General of the Portuguse Olympic Committee Jose Manuel Araujo and Pedro Roque (Sports Director) met with Bruno Santos and Patrícia Ângelo (PHF) along with EuroHockey board member Marcos Hofmann and EuroHockey’s Head of National Associations Tom Pedersen-Smith.
“It was a privilege to meet together with Bruno, Patricia, and Marcos in Lisbon,” said Araujo of the meeting.
“The conversations highlighted the IOC Solidarity Grants – named DNSS (Developing National Sport Systems) – which would be the most appropriate channel of funding to support the PHF,” Hofmann said of the key points.
“I understood from our meeting that Portuguese Rugby received an IOC Solidarity Grant (named Team Sport Grant) so hockey sought clarification on this and, if appropriate, will look at the opportunity for hockey to avail of the same DNSS grant.”
Hofmann also thanked the Portuguese Olympic Committee for their commitment to supporting Bruno and Patricia from PFH in setting up meetings with people in Portugal for improved access to schools and the two cities they would like to approach for hockey pitch facilities.
EuroHockey and Marcos also reiterated their availability for more conversations on pitch constructions and surface selection.