Surbiton Hockey Club regrets to announce that after much consideration and discussion with both the European Hockey Federation (EHF) and England Hockey, it has decided not to enter Surbiton Men into the KO16 stage of the 2017-18 Euro Hockey League.

Surbiton’s Club Captain, Mark Waller said: “After our Men’s 1s fantastic achievement of being crowned Men’s Hockey League champions last season, it is regrettable that we have had to take the difficult decision to withdraw from next season’s Euro Hockey League competition.

But the clash with the 2018 Commonwealth Games means that Surbiton face the prospect of losing up to 14 players (representing England, Scotland, Wales and Canada), who would therefore not be available for selection for the Euro Hockey League. With a squad of 26 players having to be nominated by 1 November for the KO16 stage, Surbiton could be in the position where they would be unable to field a full squad, which would not only undermine our reputation, but also undermine the Euro Hockey League competition.

In light of this, and after discussions with both the EHF and England Hockey, it was agreed that the best option was for Surbiton to withdraw on the basis that our place could be taken by another English club side.

Holcombe will take Surbiton’s place in the KO16 stage of the 2017-18 Euro Hockey League and more information can be found at the Euro Hockey League website here