Monday, December 11, 2023

Perth has four rival bids to become home of Australia hockey

The future of Australian hockey’s long-term elite programme in Perth is under threat from four bidders hoping to become the new home for the Kookaburras and Hockeyroos.

Hockey ACT, Hockey NSW, Hockey Queensland and Hockey Victoria have put in expressions of interest with Hockey Australia to house the programme.

Hockey WA is hoping to keep the world-class programme in the state when the contract expires after the Paris Olympics.

Perth has been the hub of Australia hockey since 1984, but reports say that Hockey Australia is looking for a sole home, with administration offices currently in Melbourne.

An announcement is due at the end of the year, with bids set to be finalised this month.

Hockey Australia chief David Pryles said in March: “Hockey Australia’s ambition is to co-locate our high-performance program and head office within a world-class hockey centre, capable of accommodating our national squads, supporting our high-performance staff, our head office staff and supporting the delivery of world-class broadcasted hockey events.

“Our national teams are among the best in the world and have constantly inspired the nation through their performances.

“To continue this sustained podium success with a focus on medals at Olympic Games we need to implement the world’s best development support systems and environment for all athletes and staff.”

With Brisbane to host the 2032 Olympic Games, Hockey Australia will no doubt be buoyed by the levels of interest. Perth will likely have put in a strong bid as to why they should keep the programme heading towards a 40th year.

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