As President of the European Hockey Federation it is my pleasure
to welcome all of you as players, umpires, officials, media and fans to Prague!
Youth Tournaments are of key importance to our sport and to the EHF. They give young players an opportunity to come together and compete at the European level. This year, European countries come together to establish a ranking for our exciting new Hockey5s competition which will serve as a Youth Olympic Qualifier in its next edition, 2017. TheYouth Olympics will be held in Buenos Aires the following year, in 2018. For spectators, these competitions are a breath of fresh air, introducing us to the squads and players to watch in the coming years. The new Hockey5 format provides speed and excitement, for the player and the fans. This week means a very exciting and busy programme of hockey for boys and girls in different parts of Europe! We are conducting all joint tournaments: the Hockey5s Future Heroes Cup A, B and C will take place in Prague, Walcz and Vilnius. To all the players, I wish you a great tournament. May this be the stepping stone to a great and long lasting relationship with hockey and a warm welcome to our hockey family. A tournament would not be possible without all our volunteers: the umpires, the officials and of course, the organizing committee. The European Hockey Federation would like to thank Gino and the whole team for all the excellent work.
European Hockey Federation
Dear all, I would like to welcome you here, in the golden city of Prague. This round the best of our U16 juniors meet each other playing in the new Hockey5 format.
I herewith would like to welcome first and foremost all of the players and their supporting teams. I hope you will enjoy your stay in Czech Republic. Thanks to all fans and officials which came here to support the players. Thanks to all volunteers and organization team for their energy and enthusiasm. Thanks to our sponsors and the municipality of Prague, also the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of Czech Republic.
I trust you all will enjoy this tournament on and off the pitch.
We are one of the few growing sports in the Czech Republic and
I trust that this tournament will inspire other young players to dream about representing their country in hockey.
Enjoy the tournament!
Czech Hockey Federation