Starting in 2019, #indoorhockeyuk began introducing a series of events will make up the Grand Slam. These events will increase the visibility of Indoor Hockey, and give more opportunities to clubs, players and officials.
Whilst our Championships have established a home at the Copper Box Arena, each Grand Slam event will use different and unique venues across the UK.
Our first Grand Slam event was played at Derby Arena, with this being confirmed again for #indoorhockey20.
We are also set to introduce a second Grand Slam event in 2020, with more information being released soon!
Are the Grand Slam events qualifiers to the Championships?
No - you do not have to enter a Grand Slam event to take part in our Championships. However, the winners from each age group at each grand slam, will get early access to enter the Championships before anyone else - whist is just as good as qualifying!
If one of the top teams already has early access, or already entered, the team that came second will be offered the early entry access.
Can I enter more than one Grand Slam?
Yes - you can enter as many Grand Slam events as you like! The more you enter the more likely you are to win that early entry access to the #indoorhockeyuk Championships. Remember, each Grand Slam will offer something unique, as will the Championships.
What will the playing standard of the Grand Slams be?
All Grand Slam events are open to any team that wish to enter - therefore it's difficult for us to predict what standard the other teams will be.
The Grand Slams will follow a similar structure to our Championships, where teams will be placed into pools followed by playoff matches, based on where teams finish. We;re hoping to attract the clubs that have entered our Championships, but also those that have never experienced an #indoorhockeyuk event before.
For teams with an inexperienced junior set up, we are launching Dev-Fest which may be of interest.
How do I enter?
Entry for each Grand Slam event will be announced on our website and all social media accounts. The cost for the Championships will be published on the team entry system.
Remember, as this is an open event, any team can enter - you do not have to be affiliated to any governing body. All we ask is that each team ensures they have any necessary insurance, and are responsible for providing any protective kit for their players. #indoorhockeyuk takes no responsibility for injuries to players or members of any team.
The details listed below are subject to change until the first game of each age group has been played. More information on each age group can be found by visiting the Match Centre.