The EuroHockey Youth Championship II (U18 Boys & Girls) tournament begins on Sunday and excitement is building for what promises to be a fantastic competition in Glasgow.
Confidence is high in both the Scotland boys’ and girls’ teams. Scotland U18 Boys captain said their aim is to win the tournament and that he hopes the team will see a large support. Scotland U18 Girls co-captains Anna Logan and Catriona Booth echoed these hopes and also hope their participation in the tournament will inspire other young people to play hockey.
A large European support is expected at the National Hockey Centre, which will host the tournament on 24-30 July where 12 different nations have entered teams into the competition.
The participating teams for the boys’ tournament are: Scotland; Wales; France; and Ukraine in Pool A and Russia; Switzerland; Austria; and Poland in Pool B. The participating teams for the girls’ tournament in Pool A are: France; Ukraine; Lithuania; and Belarus, while Pool B will include: Scotland; Italy; Czech Republic; and Austria.
It is the first EuroHockey Nations outdoor tournament Scotland has hosted at any age group since 2007, and it is a fantastic opportunity for the U18 international squads to play at home in front of friends and family as they look to secure promotion back to the Championship division.
Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at VisitScotland, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the EuroHockey Youth Championship II, which will see some of the best international young hockey players compete. The tournament will undoubtedly be a fantastic spectacle, attracting visitors from Glasgow and further afield to take in the action.”