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Venue first as global championships boost city economy by £750,000

SIV, iceSheffield
An international sporting event for hundreds of competitors from all over the world has generated more than £750,000 for the Sheffield economy.  
iceSheffield’s Olympic-standard competition pad was replaced by dry, hard flooring for the International Street and Ball Hockey Federation (ISBHF) 2016 World Junior Championships.

Eighteen teams and 600 players and coaches took part in the tournament held over seven days at iceSheffield, which is operated by SIV.  

Every year, SIV hosts more than 1,500 events contributing over £30m to the Sheffield economy.  

Ball hockey, a team sport played all over the world, is a variation of ice hockey played on a non-ice surface with a ball rather than puck.  

Founded in 1993, the International Street and Ball Hockey Federation has provided international competitions since 1995. The World Junior Championships were brought to Sheffield by governing body, Ball Hockey UK.  

George Gortsos, President of the International Street Ball Hockey Federation, said: “iceSheffield and the staff of SIV served our 18 national teams and 600 coaches and players a world-class hockey event providing an amazing ball hockey platform and growth platform for our athletes.  

“Our ISBHF family is still talking about the wonderful hockey facilities, and professional and keen staff of SIV who went out of their way to welcome our hockey world.  For us is was the perfect venue, city and platform to host our 2016 ISBHF World Junior Ball Hockey Championships.   

“SIV, iceSheffield, Ball Hockey UK and the city of Sheffield served our players a golden event that is one of the most memorable, and world-class events we have ever held.”  

Canada were crowned under 16 and 18 champions at iceSheffield while Slovakia won the under 20 event. Great Britain finished in sixth place at under 16, 18 and 20 level.  

Dominic Stokes, Head of SIV Events – the events arm of SIV, said: “It is the first time the World Junior Championships have been staged in the UK so we were extremely proud that the ISBHF and Ball Hockey UK chose to bring this event to iceSheffield.  

“The value in terms of venue hire, bed nights and additional spend in the city was significant for a single event bringing more than £750,000 to the local economy.

“The sport is played on a dry surface so, ahead of the event, our team removed all the ice from our competition pad and added markings to the concrete floor below, demonstrating the flexibility of the venue as an event space.  

“It was a great seven days of competition and we look forward to hosting more ball hockey tournaments in the future as this sports gets ever more popular.”

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