Hockey Tasmania is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of $400,000 in funding from the Tasmanian State Government to help guarantee the success of the Tassie Tigers in the new-look Hockey One league beginning this September.
The funding was part of the State Government’s 2019 Budget handed down on Thursday 23 May and secures the commercial future of one of Tasmania’s favourite and most successful sporting teams fielding equal women’s and men’s sides in the highest elite national domestic competition.
The $400,000 is over the period of four years and helps Hockey Tasmania cover initial operating costs of the Tassie Tigers in the new Hockey One league.
Hockey Tasmania CEO Damian Smith said the continued support from the State Government allows the sport to flourish and remain successful and competitive at all levels.
“The Tasmanian State Government are fantastic supporters of Hockey in Tasmania and this funding agreement is a massive financial boost to our Tassie Tigers, our senior elite representative women’s and men’s team, as they seek to continue their national success in the new Hockey One league.
“We’re delighted to secure this funding over four years which guarantees the Tassie Tigers financial competitiveness against teams from all around Australia as we establish our presence in the new national competition.
“The Tassie Tigers are our pathway to international and Olympic representation for our elite athletes, so there was never any chance of Tasmania not being an inaugural franchise holder, but this funding eases our initial financial burdens around establishing the team in Hockey One and allows us to focus on the fantastic new opportunities for community and commercial partnerships,” he said.
Hockey One is the new-look national competition that replaces the old Australian Hockey League (AHL). Hockey Tasmania will continue to field equal women’s and men’s teams in the highest national domestic competition, which it has done since 1996. The League starts in September 2019 and runs for 6 weeks on a home-and-away roster, with the Tasmanian Hockey Centre hosting three home games on both women’s and men’s rosters. In a first for hockey every game will be broadcast live on Kayo and the finals series will be broadcast live on Fox Sports.
More details about tickets and membership packages will be announced soon.
For more information go to: http://hockeyone.com.au/