Research in Wales – a part of the International Wales partnership – will likely be branded on the group’s shirts as they compete for the primary time within the FIH Hockey World Cup, in January 2023 being held in India.
India, together with the US, Vietnam and the European Union, is a precedence marketplace for International Wales.
“This partnership is one other welcome step for Research in Wales, sports activities diplomacy and the continued improvement of our relationship with India,” mentioned Iwan Davies, chair of International Wales.
“It’s a optimistic initiative for Welsh universities, enabling the sector to succeed in worldwide audiences by means of hockey on the world stage.”
With over 2 billion followers globally, area hockey is performed in over 100 international locations. Anticipated audiences for the World Cup are round 12.4 million.
The involvement within the hockey world cup creates “much more alternative to advertise Wales as a examine vacation spot”, Davies continued, particularly in encouraging college students from India to “make the most of the distinctive alternatives on provide at Welsh universities”.
Swansea College, the College of Portsmouth and De Montfort College, linking with Leicester Metropolis Soccer Membership in 2018, have all partnered with their native soccer groups in a bid to construct an emotional connection with followers on native or worldwide ranges.
The Welsh group will likely be competing in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela, India, and can be part of high groups from Germany, England, the Netherlands and Australia within the competitors.
In six years, the mens group has moved from thirty sixth within the World Rankings to the fifteenth place. Qualification for the World Cup for the primary time ever is an unbelievable achievement, Ria Burrage-Male, chief govt of Hockey Wales, said.
“There’s a pure synergy between the 2 organisations”
“We’re delighted to associate with Research in Wales, a likeminded and passionate Welsh model which, like Hockey Wales, is devoted in the direction of making certain Wales has a outstanding place on the worldwide stage and showcasing the nation’s expertise and alternatives,” Burrage-Male added.
“There’s a pure synergy between the 2 organisations; we now have gamers and employees who’re present college students and alumni of Welsh universities, who’re in a position to converse enthusiastically about their experiences of what it means to review in Wales.”
Males’s group captain Luke Hawker, for instance, works as a senior lecturer in Sport Teaching at Cardiff Metropolitan College.
Davies added that, “Worldwide college students play a useful position in diversifying and internationalising Welsh college campuses and communities at a time when retaining a global outlook is extra necessary than ever.”