Wakefield Sports Club to host hockey ‘FA Cup Final’

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Wakefield Sports Club will host the EH National Men’s Cup Final between Premier League teams Hampstead & Westminster and Surbiton on Saturday, May 4.

The club, based at College Grove, has been awarded the prestigious event - the hockey equivalent to the FA Cup Final - after installing a new Olympic-standard hockey pitch last summer to make the venue one of the best for hockey in the country.

The all-weather pitch, which goes alongside another international-standard pitch at College Grove, hosted the Chinese women’s Olympic hockey team last year ahead of the London Games and Wakefield Hockey Club hoped the improvements would attract top-level hockey.

This year they have, with the club announcing a mouth-watering fixture schedule in the city over the coming months.

It starts with Wakefield Hockey Club’s under-16 Girls team defending their national title, for the sixth year running, on home turf as part of the National U16 Club Finals on April 13-14.

The showpiece event is the National Men’s Cup Final on Saturday, May 4, with tickets priced at £6 for adults and £3 concessions.

The finale is an ‘international celebration of hockey’ on June 28-30 with the Men’s Home International Masters tournament. England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales will compete over three days of intense competition at over 40, 45, 50 and 55 age groups.

College Grove will also play host to Wakefield Hockey Club’s 12-hour sponsored Hockeyathon on Saturday, April 20, while the best female hockey players in the north of England will compete in the Ladies’ Senior County North Championships from May 18-19.

Chris Partridge, Wakefield Hockey Club president, hopes to see a bumper crowd at College Grove to support the events.

“There are some fantastic opportunities coming up, and if you saw hockey being played at the Olympics you know it is a fast and entertaining game to watch,” he said.

“We really hope that local people and hockey fans from across Yorkshire and the whole country come and create a great atmosphere.”