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GRAND MASTERS HOCKEY TOURNAMENT

From June 26th to July 3rd 2022

I wish to offer our hearty congratulations to Real Club de Polo de Barcelona on reaching its 125-year milestone and what better way to celebrate it than by hosting a friendly Grand Masters hockey tournament. I extend a very warm welcome to all of the hockey teams that are participating. By doing so they are helping RC Polo to celebrate its position as one of the most famous hockey clubs in the world; always offering excellent hockey facilities and superb hospitality.

John F. Willmott
President – World Grand Masters Association (WGMA)

The Grand Masters Hockey Tournament will once again become an important event for national and international hockey. In this way, competitions will be held again in these categories, which in the last years before the appearance of COVID-19, were clearly growing. A circumstance, which due to the attendance forecasts for this competition, corroborates this growth that only the pandemic could stop momentarily.

Presidente RFEH
Santiago Deó Valera
President - Real Federación Española de Hockey

It is a great satisfaction to be able to host the Grand Masters Hockey Tournament in our facilities, which brings together players of more than twelve nationalities. Our Club lives hockey with great intensity, covering all possible categories: from the children’s categories, veterans’ hockey, the Mamis and Papis hockey teams and naturally our first teams that defend our colors in the national league. Olympism is also breathed among our elite players.

Curro Espinós de Pascual
President Real Club de Polo de Barcelona
John F. Willmott
President – World Grand Masters Association (WGMA)
Presidente RFEH
Santiago Deó Valera
President - Real Federación Española de Hockey
Curro Espinós de Pascual
President Real Club de Polo de Barcelona

GRAND MASTERS HOCKEY TOURNAMENT

I wish to offer our hearty congratulations to Real Club de Polo de Barcelona on reaching its 125-year milestone and what better way to celebrate it than by hosting a friendly Grand Masters hockey tournament. I extend a very warm welcome to all of the hockey teams that are participating. By doing so they are helping RC Polo to celebrate its position as one of the most famous hockey clubs in the world; always offering excellent hockey facilities and superb hospitality. We wish the club well for its next 125 years!

Whilst the cause is sad, we at WGMA are very grateful to RC Polo for including at this event a tribute to our previous President, Wim van Noortwijk (RIP), who achieved so much for Grand Masters hockey worldwide. With his drive, determination, flair and humour he led WGMA to achieve much and his legacy will last forever. We are so pleased that some of his family members will be present during this week to witness the affection with which Wim is remembered by so many. Hopefully with Covid behind us, we can start to catch up with hockey friends worldwide and I am most grateful to everyone at RC Polo for their enthusiasm in staging what I am confident will be another successful and highly enjoyable event.

With every best wish,

 

John F. Willmott
President – World Grand Masters Association (WGMA)

The Grand Masters Hockey Tournament will once again become an important event for national and international hockey. In this way, competitions will be held again in these categories, which in the last years prior to the appearance of COVID-19, were clearly growing. A circumstance, which due to the attendance forecasts for this competition, corroborates this growth that only the pandemic could stop momentarily.

I want to thank the Real Club de Polo for organizing this massive event, which, as always happens at its facilities, will be a total success in all aspects. In addition, on this occasion, with the addition that the competition will become one of the activities related to the exciting FIH Women’s World Cup Spain & Netherlands 2022, which will be held in July in Terrassa.

I can only wish the best of luck to the participating national teams, referees and officials, with the certainty that this tournament will leave great memories for all those who will be part of it.

Presidente RFEH
Santiago Deó Valera
President - Real Federación Española de Hockey

It is a great satisfaction to be able to host the Grand Masters Hockey Tournament in our facilities, which brings together players of more than twelve nationalities. Our Club lives hockey with great intensity, covering all possible categories: from the children’s categories, veterans’ hockey, the Mamis and Papis hockey teams and naturally our first teams that defend our colors in the national league. Olympism is also breathed among our elite players. For this reason, a tournament with the characteristics of the Grand Masters is highly appreciated by all our members who are fans of this sport.

I would like to welcome all the participants, hoping that their experience in Barcelona will be wonderful and that they will feel at the Real Club de Polo de Barcelona as if they were at home. I want to thank the Organizing Committee for their effort and, above all, their enthusiasm for celebrating this great hockey party.

And I do not want to fail to express our emotional memory of Wim van Noortwijk, with whom we had the pleasure of sharing the organization of the Grand Masters Hockey World Cup in 2018. Wim gave us his enormous enthusiasm and left all of us with the best memories. Without a doubt, the world of hockey will always have him in its memory. During the tournament we will have the pleasure of paying him a well-deserved tribute.

I am sure that, from June 26 to July 3, the Grand Masters will offer us a magnificent sporting spectacle and from the Real Club de Polo de Barcelona we will give them all our support.

Curro Espinós de Pascual
President Real Club de Polo de Barcelona