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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. It is an international organisation whose members are the nations who participate in international events for players aged 60 and over. The Association was recognised in 2006 by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) as being the governing body responsible for the management and regulation of international Grand Masters hockey worldwide. On 31st December 2019 FIH withdrew recognition and transferred these responsibilities to the newly formed World Masters Hockey (WMH).
The Objects of the Association have consequently been amended and are now:
- To promote and encourage the playing of hockey by players, male and female, aged sixty years and older;
- To support the activities of any individual or organization involved in the development of Grand Masters hockey in their own country or internationally;
- To promote and foster the consideration and free discussion of all matters and questions affecting the playing of Grand Masters hockey;
- To support the organization of Grand Masters hockey by WMH and to encourage participation in WMH events and all other events organized internationally for players over sixty years of age;
- To make rules and regulations for the administration and organisation of the Association.
WGMA was originally established as an unincorporated Association in 2002 and a Constitution for the Association was approved by FIH in 2006. In 2012 the Association became incorporated in England as a Company Limited By Guarantee and the original Constitution was replaced by a new Memorandum and Articles of Association.
The aims and objectives of the Association are agreed by the members at a biennial Congress and supervised by an elected Board of Directors.
A new Mission Statement for WGMA was issued in March 2020.