2018 Celtic Cup - Arrangements
Lille, France 20-22 April 2018
The Celtic Cup on 20-22 April will be played on the new astroturf pitch at Polo Hockey Club 200 Chemin Poivré, 59700 Marcq-en-Barœul, France. Matches begin at 11:00 on Friday 20 April so players should aim to arrive on Thursday 19 April. The last match is due to start at 14:00 on Sunday 22 April and the award ceremony will be between 15:30 and 16:00. The squad has now been published.
Hotel accommodation will be in the Mercure Lille Metropole Hotel, 157 Avenue de la Marne, 59700 Marcq-en-Barœul, France, at around € 85.48 for a single and €99.96 for two people per night on a B&B basis, including City Tax and VAT. The tournament fee is €800 per team. On Saturday evening there will be a gala, three course dinner at the Caquant Lounges, 29-31 Avenue de la Marne in Tourcoing. Places for up to 20 people are included in the tournament fee.
If you arrrive by train, you can travel to the hotel by Tramway T (12 minute journey) from Gare Lille Europe to Ceriserie Centre Commercial, from where it is a short walk to the Mercure Lille Metropole. You can also take the tram to and from Tourcoing for the gala dinner. The ground is a 1.3 mile walk from the hotel so taxis to and from the ground (if there are not enough cars) are an additional expense. Buy a rechargeable ticket from a ticket machine at the tram stop for a supplement of €0.20 and top up at €1.60 per journey. Machines accept credit cards, €5 and €10 notes and coins but be prepared in case your credit card is not accepted in France.
Payment at the ground is by tokens worth €2.50 each, in strips of ten. You can pay for them by credit card at the clubhouse and the Caquant.
There are only two dressing rooms and bags should not be left there between matches. There are two tents near the pitch where you can leave bags and shelter if necessary. Please do not take bags into the clubhouse. Drinks and a food truc will be available on Saturday and Sunday at the clubhouse
All matches will be played in four quarters of fifteen minutes with a ten minute break at half time and an interval of two minutes between quarters.
Friday 20 April
13:00 GM France v Wales
15:00 GGM France v Wales
16:30 SGM Scotland v Wales
18:00 GGM Scotland v Ireland
19:30 GM Scotland v Ireland
Saturday 21 April
09:00 GM Wales v Ireland
11:00 GGM Wales v Ireland
13:00 GM France v Scotland
15:00 GGM France v Scotland
17:00 SGM Wales v Scotland
Sunday 22 April
08:00 GGM Scotland v Wales
09:30 GM Scotland v Wales
11:00 GGM Ireland v France
12:30 GM Ireland v France
Over 60 (Grand Masters)
Over 65 (Great Grand Masters)
* underage, permission granted
Over 70 (Senior Grand Masters)
You will need to organise your own travel to Lille. The main possibilities are
- ferry to Dunkirk, Calais or Zeebrugge, or Channel Tunnel, and car to the hotel (right on the A1 autoroute)
- air to Paris Charles de Gaulle, Paris Beauvais or Charleroi and hire car, minibus or train to Lille/hotel
- Eurostar train from London to Lille (the most popular method for trips to Lille in previous years)
You can fly to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport and take the TGV to Lille - Easyjet and Flybe have flights from Edinburgh and Glasgow to CDG, and you can fly Air France from Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Ryanair fly from Edinburgh to Charleroi, though you need to find your way from Charleroi to Brussels to take the TGV to Lille.
You can fly out on Thursday 19 April and back on Sunday 22 April with EasyJet from Edinburgh or Glasgow to Paris Charles de Gaulle. Air France has direct flights from Aberdeen and Edinburgh to Paris, but not from Glasgow. The Ryanair flight from Edinburgh to Charleroi leaves at 12:20 and the return flight is at 21:55 - it's currently the cheapest option.
You can book Eurostar trains online now but the price of Sunday trains has already gone up.