The 2015 EuroHockey Championships will be shown on the BBC this summer, the corporation has confirmed.
England men’s and women’s teams, as well as Scotland’s women, will play in the tournaments which will be staged at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London from August 21-30.
All three of England and Scotland’s pool matches in each tournament will be shown on the BBC red button, BBC Sport website and the free smartphone app. This will be supported with coverage on BBC Radio 5 live and the best of the tournament news on the BBC Sport website.
If a home nation qualifies for the men’s or women’s final, the match will be screened live on BBC Two.
The BBC covered the previous EuroHockey Championships in Belgium two years ago and its Red Button coverage reached a significant audience, with fans tuning in to watch England’s women win a silver medal, and now the event is taking place on home soil.
With the event being held at England Hockey’s Olympic legacy venue Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, spectators will be able to enjoy hockey whilst reliving the memories of London 2012.
Demand for tickets has been as high as expected with the men’s final already sold out – the venue will include a fan park and entertainment for all ages, with the typically family-friendly atmosphere of hockey matches an attraction for many spectators.
Exposure of hockey at London 2012 has contributed to a 40% increase in club participation in the sport amongst U16 age groups and adult initiatives like Back To Hockey have proved hugely successful.
It is hoped that the BBC’s coverage of the 2015 tournament will contribute to boosting both the visibility of the sport and the amount of people inspired to play.
England Hockey’s Chief Executive Sally Munday commented: “We’re delighted that the BBC will be broadcasting this flagship event.
“The BBC’s coverage reaches significant numbers of people via their various platforms, and we are excited about this opportunity to grow our following and participation in hockey.
“This is the first of four consecutive major events at our new venue culminating in the 2018 Women’s World Cup.
“We look forward to the nation getting behind our teams and enjoying world-class sport during this exciting period”.
The EuroHockey Championships 2015 form part of UK Sport’s Gold Event Series – an ambitious programme to bring up to 70 world-class events to the UK by 2019.
Full tournament match schedules and ticketing information are available at eurohockey2015.co.uk.