International Hockey Federation tied up with the Sentinel Homes as title sponsors for the World Hockey League Final. The tournament in Auckland, New Zealand, next month will be called the Sentinel Homes Hockey World League Final, FIH and Hockey New Zealand have announced in a joint Press release.
The Auckland based home building company’s support helps deliver the event which will see eight of the world’s best women’s hockey teams face off in a winner takes all competition at the Harbour Hockey Stadium from 17 to 26 November.
Hockey New Zealand CEO Ian Francis was buoyed by the signing, saying the pinnacle event had the potential to change the way hockey is presented to the public in New Zealand.
“Having a brand like Sentinel Homes on board as naming rights sponsor is critical for the success of this tournament. Our aim is to create a legacy for hockey throughout New Zealand from this event and be a sports brand that links strongly to families. So we’re thrilled Sentinel Homes are supporting this milestone event for hockey in this country,” Francis said.
“A lot of families and young people will be watching this event, and we hope they are inspired to take up hockey as their sport, or at least to be active. That’s the sort of impact high profile events like this can generate, so we’re very grateful for the support of Sentinel Homes.”
Sentinel Homes Director Stu Shutt was equally positive about the partnership with one of the biggest events on world hockey’s calendar. “We’re excited to be a part of this world class hockey event in New Zealand. Hockey is very much a family sport, and designing and building homes for families to enjoy is at the heart of our business. It will be great to see the international teams descend on Auckland and wish all the players, officials and fans a great 10 days of competition,” he said.
Hosts New Zealand are joined in Pool A at the Sentinel Homes Hockey World League Final by seven-time World Cup winners Netherlands as well as USA and Korea.
Defending Hockey World League champions Argentina contest Pool B alongside England, who will include many of Great Britain’s Rio 2016 Olympic gold medallists, Germany (Rio bronze medallists) and China.
The Sentinel Homes Hockey World League Final sees 10 days of action packed hockey as well as a spectator village with a variety of food vendors, fully licenced bars, displays, big screen viewing, entertainment and more.