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  • 3 June 2014

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    Fun hockey clinic for future champions
    Clinic champions of the future

    Amidst excited cries of "We're going to have them for breakfast!", young hockey players recently got to switch places with their hockey idols, including the Australian team. On the first day of the Hockey World Cup, they took to the pitch to compete against the other participating countries. The matches were part of a side event organized by hockey club Hudito in Delft. Young members between four and nine years of age were invited to bring along a friend or classmate for a hockey clinic, followed by a series of matches.

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  • 2 June 2014

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    King Willem-Alexander opens 2014 Hockey World Cup
    Opening Haags Hockey Plein

    The World Forum in The Hague saw King Willem-Alexander declare the Hockey World Cup open. On his arrival there His Majesty walked across 15 World Cup carpets made of GreenFields© TX hockey synthetic turf. Each of these carpets bears the logo of the games and the GreenFields brand name. That same day Het Plein was handed over to Haags Hockey Plein Foundation.

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  • 1 June 2014

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    The Hague unveils "Hockey Square" in grand opening ceremony

    The famous "Het Plein" square in the Dutch city of The Hague—located just behind the government buildings—is taking on a new guise as The Hague's "Hockey Square" for the duration of the Hockey World Cup. Councillor Karsten Klein and retired top hockey player Ties Kruize recently unveiled the official "Haags Hockey Plein" street sign for the square. Kruize has assumed the role of "temporary mayor" of the square and is looking forward to enjoying the celebrations over the 14-day competition. "We want to make celebrations at the square accessible to everyone; the entire city can enjoy sport, culture, music and great food free of charge. We want this to be a place where we bring cultures and people together".

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  • 29 May 2014

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    Johan Wakkie, director of the KNHB (Royal Dutch Hockey Federation): "A huge sporting and cultural festival"

    "Let’s celebrate hockey! This slogan really will be fulfilled in every way during the Hockey World Cup. The Hockey World Cup is one big festival. For the hockey players and fans it is a unique international double tournament, with both the men and women playing each day on the pitches of TenCate synthetic turf". According to Johan Wakkie, director of the Royal Dutch Hockey Federation (KNHB), the tournament concept shows that sport brings people and cultures together easily. "It is a unique opportunity to enjoy hockey and, at the same time, to learn more about the countries that are participating. You can do this in the World Cup Village or at the many Side Events".

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  • 28 May 2014

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    India's captain, Sardar Singh, praises the TenCate synthetic turf

    With storm clouds gathering above the Kyocera Stadium, the Indian men's hockey squad played an exciting practice match amongst themselves. Coach Terry Walsh and the team members are looking forward to testing themselves against the best in the world. The matches are being played on synthetic turf certified by the FIH (International Hockey Federation) for the official tournament pitches. "The pitch is really super fast and has great grip for the players", captain Sardar Singh said earlier.

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