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Scotland's women turn down World Cup offer
Scotland have declined an invitation to compete in the third FIH women’s indoor World Cup. The Scots had been offered the place for the February 2011 tournament in Poland after the withdrawal of Spain.
The impact of the unplanned-for indoor competition on preparations for the summer's major outdoor tournaments was seen as a major concern by the Scottish Hockey Board, while there were also worries over the potential impact on the domestic league.
The decision followed discussions with Scottish Hockey’s performance and management committees, and its board of directors resulting in a unanimous decision by the Scottish Hockey Board.
Scottish Hockey informed FIH of this decision on Monday 27 September, the deadline for accepting or declining the invitation.
Brent Deans, CEO, Scottish Hockey stated, “We recognise that this decision not to compete in the indoor World Cup may come as a disappointment to supporters of the Scotland women’s team and indoor hockey, but I must emphasise that the decision has not been taken lightly. The senior women’s coaches and players understand the importance of continuing to focus on the major international hockey competitions already planned for in 2011 and Scottish Hockey will continue to support them in their preparations for these competitions.”
Scotland narrowly missed out on qualifying for the women’s indoor World Cup, and then placed their focus on planning and preparations for Scotland women’s participation at two major outdoor competitions taking place in 2011 – the Champions Challenge and EuroHockey Nations Championship II. These competitions are seen as vital to Scotland’s continuing progress on the international stage and the team’s long-term preparations for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Callum McLeod, Scottish Hockey performance manager, said: “As we did not qualify for the indoor World Cup, all of our planning and preparation has focused on the Champions Challenge and Euro Nations next summer. We want the players to be in best possible condition for participating in these competitions when we get there, so we have decided to continue with the performance programmes already in place. Unfortunately, this means not competing at the indoor World Cup next February.”
The Scottish domestic calendar had also already been rescheduled to allow international players to keep club commitments in the national leagues. Further intervention in domestic competition schedules and dates was not seen as ideal for either players or clubs.