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England Women's Hockey Team

Maiden Castle Sports and Wellbeing Park, is preparing to welcome England Hockey as they host the Women’s Euro Hockey Qualifiers hockey tournament in Durham this month. This is the first time an international hockey tournament has taken place in Durham and we are delighted to be a partner in the event.

The Qualifier A Tournament takes place from Thursday 25 – Sunday 28 August. This is one of the four qualification events for the Women’s Euro Hockey Championships being held in summer 2023. As the host nation, England will take on fellow home nation Wales, as well as Croatia and Slovakia. The team with the most points after all the matches have been played will take the qualification spot and progress to the finals next year.

The Women’s Euro Hockey Championships has been running since 1984 and England have won the tournament twice, in 1991 in Brussels and 2015 in London. 

Commonwealth Gold medal winners

You can see several of Durham’s own international Hockey players in action including current student and Olympic medal winner Fiona Crackles, along with recent graduate Tess Howard on the England Team. Both players are fresh from their Commonwealth Gold medal win in Birmingham.

Other Durham Hockey alumni Rebecca Daniels and Izzie Howell are playing for Wales.

Head of Sport, Mark Brian is looking forward to showcasing the facilities at Maiden Castle, “We have a world class sporting venue here in Durham and are excited to be partnering in an event of this stature. Plus, it is fantastic to be welcoming back some of our students who are now playing at this level.”

Tickets on sale now

Tickets for all matches are on sale now and selling fast with much of the covered seating already sold out. Tickets can be purchased online from the England Hockey website.
Matches will also be live streamed and can be viewed online at  

Match fixtures

Thursday 25 August

  • 17.15 Wales v Slovakia
  • 19.30 England v Croatia

Saturday 27 August

  • 10.45 Croatia v Slovakia
  • 13.00 Wales v England 

Sunday 28 August

  • 10.45 Croatia v Wales
  • 13.00 England v Slovakia 

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