World Masters Hockey (WMH)
(For details of developments, click on the ‘Important Papers’ below.)
Interim Executive Board Members
The development of the setting up of the WMH has accelerated following a number of positive meetings between officials of the IMHA and WGMA.
The WMH was incorporated on 24th October 2018 as a company limited by guarantee. The WMH has 4 registered Board members with equal representation of both the IMHA and the WGMA.
The Interim Executive Board has agreed to hold the first WMH General Assembly at the re-vamped Wagner Stadion in Amstelveen, near Amsterdam on 2nd August 2019. The Dutch Hockey Federation (KNHB) has kindly allowed us to use their modern facilities to ensure that world wide inter-communications are possible for delegates to voice their opinions and exercise their democratic rights in the election of officials to the Executive Board of the unified organisation. There is sufficient seating for the number of delegates who are likely to attend the GA in person.
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.
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. Next meeting is at the KNHB headquarters on 5th March 2019.