Sunday, July 21, 2024

KHC Dragons and City of Birmingham win EuroHockey clubs of the year

Dutch and English clubs are celebrating after winning the EuroHockey large and small clubs of the year.

KHC Dragons have been voted as EuroHockey Large Club of the Year while City of Birmingham, founded in 2019, have been announced as the EuroHockey Small Club of the Year.

KHC Dragons’ entry project was aimed at an introduction to hockey, which saw an increased and sustained membership.

Dragons take the plaudits PIC: WORLDSPORTPICS

On the EuroHockey award Jean-Paul Dumortier, board member of Dragon Hockey Club said: “This reward is important for all our volunteers in a year full of emotions and uncertainties.

“Their unconditional help has enabled KHC Dragons to reach its local, national and European goals. Thanks to the relentless input of the KHC Dragons volunteers, our Club has earned its place in the European hockey scene and is aiming to stay there, for many years to come!”

Birmingham’s project title was called ‘Welfare, health, and wellbeing of all members’ with the outcome seeing a commitment in engaging positively with the community.

Jeevan Chagger, chairperson of City of Birmingham Hockey Club, said: “Over the last few years, we have been working tirelessly to provide community hockey for all.

Jeevan Chagger has taken a leading role in encouraging young people to take up hockey.

“Through restructuring and re-development of the club, we have now set foundations to continue to have a growing positive impact in our local areas. Behind the scenes, there are many volunteers who have worked and continue to work tirelessly, with drive and dedication and this award highlights their work and all our members who joined us to enjoy hockey.”

The 2021 EuroHockey Club of the Year awards, said the EHF, focused on community, volunteers, and building back stronger from the pandemic.

At the heart of the entries were how clubs were making sure that opportunities are available to anyone who wants to be involved in hockey.

As Peter Elders, Chair of the EHF Development Committee, said: “We were delighted to read about projects being delivered to support communities and the local people.

“Thank you to all the volunteers who have delivered these projects on the ground.”

Each club received €1,000 to support ongoing project costs and a EuroHockey Club of the Year Pennant awarded to display in their clubhouses.

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