These are exciting and hectic times for Welsh hockey as the game looks to develop on and off the pitch.
Wales women last week completed their EuroHockey campaign in Glasgow, preserving their Championship II status.
Meanwhile, the national men's team are preparing for their first campaign in the top flight of European hockey for 20 years.
They begin their challenge against England on August 17 in a pool where they will also face Spain and current World Champions Belgium on their home turf at the Belfius EuroHockey Championships in Antwerp.
Hockey Wales chief executive officer Ria Male said: "It's a really exciting time. For the men to be able to play in Championship One is such a huge event.
"The men are looking really strong. The work of the head coach, assistant coach and support staff is phenomenal. They thoroughly deserve to be playing in Championship One.
"They are doing really well and it's really exciting for them. I think it was 20 years ago in 1999, the last time they were playing at this level.
"Zak Jones, our head coach, was actually playing in that competition. There are players in this current squad who weren't even born that last time we were at this level."
The Welsh team - lowest ranked in the competition - faces a huge challenge against the likes of Spain, Belgium and England, where many of the players are full-time professionals.
Male, a former Welsh international goalkeeper, says: "They'll have their tactics and approaches on how to tackle these teams. I'm confident they will do as well as they possibly can and approach each game smartly and intelligently.