World Masters Hockey (WMH)
(For details of developments, click on the important papers below.)
The development of the WMH was stalled following negative communications between WGMA and FIH. IMHA was not involved or included in these, but has been affected by the outcome of decisions made. The IMHA’s views were not taken into account and FIH funding for WMH was stopped. The IMHA and WGMA have until 31st July 2019 to complete the set up of the WMH. WMH was incorporated on 28th October 2018 and has directors representing both IMHA and WGMA. A meeting was held in Rotterdam on 29th November and another has been arranged for the last week of January 2019. It’s focus will be deciding the location and date of the first WMH General Assembly; the MoU with the FIH; the dates by which NAs and Masters Hockey organisations in their countries must identify their delegates for the General Assembly and finalising the company’s articles of association.
Meanwhile, the IMHA will continue to meet the timetables set out by the FIH and work with WGMA to complete the WMH project.
The 2018 IMHA Congress overwhelmingly supported the set up timescales for the WMH and the dissolution of the IMHA when the WMH becomes operationally viable. The balance of IMHA funds at that time will be transferred into the WMH accounts.
This is the new single Masters Hockey entity to replace the IMHA and WGMA from November 2018 . There have been many meetings over the last few years between officers of the FIH, the IMHA and WGMA and much planning and preparation has gone into developing this project to its present point. Sue Catton was selected as chairperson by both IMHA and WGMA, as was Steve Catton who was appointed as the Project Officer.
The memberships of both organisations approved the setting up of this fledgling company at the Extra-ordinary General Meetings (EGM) of the IMHA in Tilburg and the WGMA in Glasgow. The WGMA meeting approved in principle, the IMHA meeting approved the actual setting up of the company to take over from the IMHA and WGMA in 2019. The 2018 WGMA Congress in Barcelona passed a similar resolution and with a sustainable structure having been agreed, the focus is now upon enabling the WMH to take responsibility for organising and sanctioning all Masters Hockey, anywhere in the world, from the age of 35 upwards. The 2018 IMHA Congress in Terrassa approved the dissolution of the IMHA once the WMH was viably operational and agreed that the balance of IMHA funds should be given to the WMH.
The future of the WMH looks promising and while there is still a lot of work to be done, the Chairs and Members of the working parties have identified appropriate approaches to running this new organisation and ensuring that high quality management of on the field play and the organisation of future tournaments for all Masters Hockey players – Masters and Grand Masters alike.