Hockey Australia signs 4 year MOU with Japan Hockey Association

Hockey Australia signs 4 year MOU with Japan Hockey Association

Teams to tour Japan in 2019

Author: Holly MacNeil/Thursday, 15 December 2016/Categories: Hockey Australia NewsHockeyroosKookaburras

 
 

Thursday, 15 December 2016 -  Hockey Australia has signed a 4-year deal with the Japan Hockey Association which will see the two countries make reciprocal visits to strengthen the hockey ties between the nations. 

The deal was agreed in Tokyo overnight, with Hockey Australia Chief Executive Cam Vale meeting with key members of the Japan Hockey Association including Secretary General Yuji Teramoto (pictured), to work out the finer details.

Under the agreement, the Australian National Hockey Teams, the Kookaburras and the Hockeyroos, will visit Japan in 2019 and 2020 as a part of the preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic campaign. 

The development of hockey was also a key point in the agreement with Hockey Australia to help bring the junior hockey development program Hookin2Hockey to Japan; junior teams from both nations invited to tour the other country; and through the exchange of umpires, officials, and coaches. 

Of the MOU, Vale said: “We are delighted to be able to sign a deal with Japan which will further the development of hockey both in Australia and Japan. 

“Being given the opportunity to have our national teams, the Kookaburras and the Hockeyroos tour Japan prior to the Tokyo Olympics will be of a huge benefit in giving the teams every chance to prepare to the best of their ability.

“Along with this, the fact that we will be able to share Hookin2Hockey which is our junior program to help children aged 10 and under learn the basics of hockey is fantastic.

“We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with Japan Hockey.”

This continues Hockey Australia’s expansion of its international footprint after partnerships over the last 2 years with India, Malaysia, Singapore, USA and NZ, as well as through the Pacific Sports Partnership agreement with Oceania Hockey Federation and the countries of Vanuatu, Tonga, and Solomon. 

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Men
 
1 Australia
16 Japan

Women 

4 Australia
10 Japan