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European Trophy 2010 - Newsletter 3

Whilst Ashley Jackson, Barry Middleton (ENG), Simon Child (yes, the other), Simon Gougnard (BEL), Julia Müller (GER), Teun de Nooijer and Taeke Taekema (NED) et al are causing havoc in the Dutch Top hockey league, the committee has been very active in giving a final touch to the organisation of our Tournament.

This event will no doubt be a highlight in the WGMA calendar. One of our key values is certainly the coming together of many hockey players in a spirit of friendship and fair play.

There are altogether 19 teams taking part , coming from England, Scotland, Wales, The Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Alliance International H.C., a mixture of players from different nations.

Games will be played in 3 age groups: Over 60, Over 65 and over 70.

The Braxgata Club

Braxgata HC was founded by a group of university students in 1980. Some 15 years later, in 1994, the club members decided on starting a youth program. Today, another 15 years later, the club counts more than 850 members, playing at the highest level in every youth and senior category in the Belgian Hockey competition. Twenty of their girls and boys are selected for various national teams in the -15, -16, -18 and -21 categories.

In 2004 the club moved to the present location in Boom, within the boundaries of the Recreational Park "De Schorre" in the province of Antwerp. For the tournament matches two excellent water pitches and one semi-sanded pitch are available, plus a smaller pitch for training purposes.

Since 2006 Braxgata became the training centre of the Belgian National teams. In 2007 the club hosted the Champions Challenge. In 2008 the Belgian men's team prepared for the Beijing Olympics at our premises. In 2009 the European Hockey Federation awarded Braxgata HC the title of "European Hockey Club of the Year 2008".

Early in 2009 Braxgata opened a new magnificent clubhouse, the Braxhouse, with many useful facilities, including seven multipurpose meeting rooms.

At the Braxhouse

The Braxhouse has a great reputation for its indoor and outdoor facilities. The bar and catering service offers a great choice of first-class food and beverages.

Steve and his staff will be pleased to serve various warm and cold "bites" all day, as well as their beers, wines and other drinks. Snacks will be served till around 16.00 hrs on Friday in order to allow the staff to prepare for the evening event. We have arranged for a selling point for coupons for the food and beverages during the tournament.

Programme and Time Schedule

Wednesday, 2nd June
(Arrival day and Opening)      
13.00 – 16.00 hours Registering at the Braxhouse 
Selling point for the coupons for the daily food & beverages
13.00 – 17.00 hours  Hockey practice at pitches 1, 2 and 3
15.00 hours  Raining umpires at pitch 4 
Briefing umpires at the Braxhouse 
Matches at pitches 1, 2 and 3
16.00 hours  Briefing Team Managers
17.30 hours Official Opening Ceremony of the Tournament.
Welcome Drinks sponsored by courtesy of the Braxgata H.C.
18.00 – 20.00 hours Hockey practice/free training at pitches 1, 2, 3 & 4
Thursday 3rd June
(Match day 1)
09.00 – 18.00 hours Matches at pitches 1, 2 and 3
Friday 4th June
(Match day 2) 
09.00 – 18.00 hours Matches at pitches 1, 2 and 3
18.30 hours The "Royal Buffet" at the Braxhouse
Saturday 5th June
(Match day 3 and Closing) 
09.00- 13.30 hours  
14.00 hours Official Prize-giving and Closing Ceremony

Braxhouse Opening Times

Wednesday from 12.00 – 23.00 hrs
Thursday Friday from 08.00 – 23.00 hrs
Saturday - Final day  08.00 - 17.00 hrs

On behalf of the committee and their staff we wish all participants a very pleasant preparation and we are very much looking forward to meeting up soon at the Braxhouse.

In case urgent contact is necessary, please mail:

Wim van Noortwijk: Info@wfnbeheer.nl

Bernard Verbunt
Vice President WGMA and your TC

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