Canterbury benefit as England gain an extra European place

Canterbury will join Surbiton in the European Club Champions Cup (ECCC) this season, with England gaining a second place in the top-tier competition.

Reading’s effort finishing fifth in the ECCC at Easter and Leicester’s victory in the second-tier Trophy in June gained enough ranking points for English clubs to join the Netherlands with two places in the competition.

The Investec women’s hockey league champions for 2013-14, Surbiton, had already qualified for the ECCC. They will now be joined by England’s second seed, beaten championship finalists Canterbury.