UK could host Hockey World Cup before 2031

Women’s World Cup 2018 was hosted in London Photo: Simon Parker

Hosting a Hockey World Cup and EuroHockey Championships form part of UK Sport’s mission to create “the greatest decade of extraordinary sporting moments” after unveiling a list of opportunites over the next 10 years.

According to UK Sport, hosting a home World Cup is currently a “live feasibility” before any bid is made.

Bidding for the next World Cups from 2026 has yet to open, while The Hockey Paper has asked UK Sport whether any potential bid would be for a dual gender tournament or standalone men or women’s World Cups.

UK Sport said there was also an “opportunity” to host a EuroHockey Championships before 2031.

Almost 100 event hosting opportunities across 44 sports are being considered, which collectively represent potential £7bn boost to UK economy.

Sally Munday, UK Sport chief executive, said: “With the support of The National Lottery and Government the UK has built a global reputation as a first-class destination for the biggest sporting occasions.

“Combining a knowledgeable and passionate sporting public with our well-established infrastructure and technical event hosting expertise means the UK is primed to maintain its position as a global sport event hosting force for many years to come.”

The strategy will also see sport stars used to inspire children from poorer backgrounds and to help make Team GB more diverse in its stature.

“We want to reach kids from deprived inner-city environments whose lives can be transformed by sport and to inspire more diverse talent to take that first step, which will swell that future talent pipeline,” said UK Sport chair Katherine Grainger.

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