The EHF is pleased to announce that having set targets to increase the level of participation in EuroHockey Club Competitions, these targets have been exceeded in Year 1 and Year 2 of the four year plan.

In the Men's events, this increase of 15% over the two years since 2007 is a direct result of Euro Hockey League as the increased number of Challenge events has meant more competitions being available to clubs throughout the whole of Europe.

In the Women's events the increases are steady and again targets have been exceeded by 8%.

Once again the strength of Europe's Club structure has been highlighted with a total of 116 women's and men's club participating in EuroHockey outdoor events in 2009.

Wiert Doyer, Chair, Clubs Committee said 'When reviewing our Strategic plan we believed that it was vital to set targets to get more clubs playing hockey in EuroHockey tournaments. It is from the grass-roots in the clubs that we have the capacity to continue the strength of European hockey. We are delighted that we have exceeded these targets in Year 1 and Year 2 and we are working very hard in all the Zones to continue to get more clubs playing.'

Steve Catton, EHF Competitions Manager added' The EHF organizes events that our clubs and nations want to participate in, but this increase has shown us that we are hitting the right target area and we will work hard in our committees and with the co-operation of us in the EHF Office and the clubs themselves to organize quality EuroHockey events, so that the teams will want to participate again and again.'

Source: EHF