Fourteen project partners (among them the Ice Hockey Federations of Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Austria and the International Ice Hockey Federation IIHF) as well as the Austrian expert partners of the Play Fair Code, the NADA Austria, the Fairplay Initiative and the Finnish elite icehockey school Vierumäki were proved right in presenting a win-win format combining a unique icehockey rookie-event with awarness-raising and education training sessions for young athletes on the topic of integrity in sport (match-fixing, doping and discrimination).
The European Rookie Cup (find Video here) was implemented in a hockey tournament series over a period of three years with junior teams from a total of seven different European countries. With the Junior Vienna Capitals and the EC-KAC Juniors, the Austrian rookies were twice among the winners of the final tournament.
The focus in the awareness raising and education sessions by NADA Austria, the Fairplay Initiative and the Play Fair Code among approximately 1,100 junior athletes, coaches and referees was clearly set to sensitize to the dangers of doping, discrimination and match-fixing.
Severin Moritzer, CEO Play Fair Code: "These awards are truly an outstanding recognition for the sustainable, european-wide and multi-stakeholder joint effort brought to the table from all project partners!"