Hockey: England to host women's World Cup in 2018

Last Updated: 07/11/13 9:05pm

Minister for Sport Helen Grant is a former county hockey player

England have been named as hosts of the 2018 women's Hockey World Cup.

The tournament will be played at the Olympic Park from July 7-21.

England Hockey chairman Philip Kimberley said: "We're absolutely thrilled to have secured the World Cup.

"It's of huge importance to us as we look to build our momentum and increase the visibility of our sport."

Minister for Sport Helen Grant added: "As a life-long hockey fan I'm delighted that England Hockey's bid has been successful.

"I know this country will deliver a truly outstanding tournament on the Olympic Park.

"The 2018 Women's World Cup will give us an opportunity to take the women's game to new heights, and inspire both women and children to participate."

New Zealand were reportedly also interested in hosting the tournament, while India were chosen to stage the men's equivalent later that same year.

The FIH president Leandro Negre added: "The quality of both bids was truly extraordinary, and the FIH is greatly looking forward to bringing its top properties to England and India."

England are also hosting the 2015 EuroHockey Championships.