Harrow Becomes Presenting Sponsor of National Club Championship
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – USA Field Hockey is pleased to announce a two year partnership with Harrow Sports to be the Presenting Sponsorship of the National Club Championship. The first annual National Club Championship will be held at Sportsquest in Richmond, Virginia, July 21-24, 2011.
"Hockey is a significant part of our future and we believe supporting the next generation of athletes along with USA Field Hockey provides a great opportunity to support the game that is at the core of our brand," said Mark Hayden, CEO of Harrow Sports. "We're proud to help recognize the top players in the country and participate in the creation of a great event. We believe our partnership with USA Field Hockey helps ensure that this event will quickly become the pre-eminent event of its kind."
The National Club Championship is an ideal opportunity for Clubs to compete against each other at a highly competitive event. On February 1, online registration for the National Club Championship opened and in approximately one minute was filled. Registration for this first year was based on a first come, first serve basis and given the high demand was adjusted to include thirty-two Under-19 and Under-17 Club teams instead of sixteen.
“A National Club Championship will inevitably create a higher level of competition amongst club teams and will provide further training, outside of the school setting, for young athletes to advance their game,” said Technical Director, Terry Walsh.
In future years, regional qualifiers will be in place and will determine the best Club team to advance to the National Club Championship. Official Club rankings will be determined and displayed based on results from this event. The inaugural Club Champion athletes will receive a unique commemorative Harrow Club Champion stick.
"Harrow has stood for performance since our inception," said Alli Tanner, Harrow Director of Field Hockey. "The National Club Championship provides an opportunity to showcase the best in amateur athletic performance and our goal is for field hockey players across America to aspire to be participants."
For media inquiries, please contact Ashley Meunier, USA Field Hockey Communications Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at (719) 866-4365. Additional information regarding the USA Field Hockey team can be found online by visiting www.usafieldhockey.com.