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Latest News from WGMA
HC Klein Zwitserland, the popular hosts of the highly successful WGMA World Cup in 2014 will host another major event from 24-30 June 2024. Invitations have been sent out to WGMA members and others for a 7-day tournament similar to the one held in Barcelona in 2022.
After a very successful inaugural tournament last year the Yeovil & Sherborne 7-a-side (Grand) Masters Tournament is now a fixture in the Masters summer programme of not to be missed events. It will be taking place from Friday 7th-Sunday 9th June 2024 on the Astro pitch at Yeovil Recreation Centre, Chilton Grove, Yeovil, Somerset BA21 4AW, England.
Calling all 80 year olds!
Are you still keen to be part of the WGMA-style tournaments but too old for all the regular age-group teams from your country? Don’t despair there is still a place for you in a new Alliance O80 team which is being assembled by Peter Child to take on De Zestigplussers, LX and Southern Cross in an Over 80 section at The Hague in June 2024. Over 80s are a growing force so extend your hockey career and enjoy playing against your own age group. No longer any need to chase after those fleet-footed O75s! Just get in touch Contact Us..
The popular International Super Veterans Tournament will take place on 27th, 28th and 29th April 2024. Described by the organisers as ‘social hockey with a competitive twist’ this tournament has become a permanent fixture in the Grand Masters calendar.
Australian State Championships
The 2023 State Championships were held in Perth in September/October 2023. Western Australia were winners at O60, O65 and O75 with NSW taking gold at O70 and Victoria at O80, the first time that this age group has been included. Read more..
In the women’s event Queensland won at O60 and NSW took gold at O65 and O70. Read more..
Masters World Cup 2024 Cape Town
Pierre-Yves Chegaray (France Masters) has devised many posters in recent years for tournaments around the world, most notably the regular posters for Lille and one that was adopted for the World Cup in Tokyo in 2022. Here is his latest light-hearted offering (unofficial) for the Masters World Cup in Cape Town next year.
What is WGMA?
The World Grand Masters Association was formed in 2002 as a result of a fast-growing interest in Grand Masters (60+) hockey. The Association was recognised in 2006 by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) as the governing body responsible for the management and regulation of international Grand Masters hockey worldwide. When FIH decided that there should be a single organisation to govern both Masters and Grand Masters hockey WGMA supported and was instrumental in the formation of World Masters Hockey (WMH) which was launched in 2019. WGMA now continues as a members’ club for all individuals and organisations involved in promoting and managing Grand Masters hockey worldwide for both men and women.
WGMA will continue to promote the concept of Grand Masters hockey which it has so successfully developed over the last 20 years.
WGMA recognizes the fact that players Over 60 need competitive hockey among people of their own age combined with social interaction off the field.
A Short History of WGMA
Since 2020 WGMA has been active in supporting the annual tournaments at Lille, Tilburg and Brussels and had a leading role in helping to organise the tournament in Barcelona in 2022 which celebrated both the 125th anniversary of Real Club de Polo and the contribution to Grand Masters hockey of former WGMA President Wim van Noortwijk. WGMA continues to build a network of individuals and organisations worldwide to ensure that there will always be plenty of hockey for all men and women who still enjoy playing beyond the age of 60.