Report on WGMA European Trophy tournament at Braxgata H.C. Boom, Belgium,
2nd - 5th June 2010
Send by Peter Child, President of WGMA, to Leandro Negre, President of FIH
The above tournament was organised by WGMA as a more relaxed Grand Masters event in advance of our main event this year, the Grand Masters Hockey World Cup in Cape Town in September. Nineteen teams took part in three age groups, 60+, 65+ and 70+ with almost 300 players and 150 partners and supporters.
It had been decided to hold the tournament in Belgium to encourage a new country to become involved in a WGMA event and were most impressed with the first-class, modern facilities of the Braxgata club, with its three pitches - two water-based and one sand-based - and the spacious clubhouse (opened in 2009) with bar, restaurant and multi-purpose conference rooms. The friendliness and efficiency of their president, Erik Gysels, and his staff made all participants really feel at home.
Everyone was full of praise for the whole organisation of the tournament and agreed that Braxgata, with its superb facilities has set a benchmark for future WGMA tournaments. We were fortunate to have wonderful, sunny weather for the whole period of the tournament, which added to everyone's enjoyment and we look forward to staging more WGMA events at Braxgata. We shall certainly consider the club as a strong contender for future European and World Cup events.