BBC to show 2013 EuroHockey Nations Championship

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BBC Sport has secured rights to screen live coverage of the 2013 EuroHockey Nations Championship.

From August 17, the BBC will air all England, Scotland and Ireland games in both the men’s and women’s tournaments live on the Red Button and online. Coverage will also be made available on BBC iPlayer.

The EuroHockey Nations Championship will be held in Belgian city of Boom from August 17-25, with both the male and female competitions featuring eight teams.

England, Ireland and Scotland will compete in the women’s championships, while England and Ireland will compete in the men’s championships.

The deal follows on from the BBC’s extensive coverage of last year’s Olympic hockey tournament where every match was shown live.

At London 2012, Team GB’s women won a bronze medal, the first women’s Olympic hockey medal in 20 years and only the second in their history.

A peak audience of 8 million viewers watched Team GB’s men play the Netherlands in their London 2012 semi-final.

Participation in hockey has followed suit, following the success of the national teams, with a growth in participation in 2012.

Sally Munday, Chief Executive of England Hockey, notes the important of the BBC’s coverage in continuing the momentum hockey is gathering.

She said: “With the international teams on the up and hockey an ever-increasingly exciting sport to watch, mainstream coverage of top-level hockey is instrumental in helping us increase the visibility of the sport.

“We hope the British public enjoy the coverage and that people are inspired to get involved in the sport.”

BBC’s director of sport Barbara Slater said: “The BBC has always been a big supporter of Olympic sports and we are building on the success of London 2012 to enhance our coverage of these sports throughout the year.”

For more information on the 2013 EuroHockey Nations Championship, visit the official website – eurohockey.org

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