Highfields could become UK's best Hockey Centre

Posted by David Griffiths on 31 May 2014


Highfields Hockey Centre could be turned into the 'best hockey facility in Great Britain' with a £1m development.

Highfields Hockey Centre, Beeston Hockey Club and Nottingham City Council have long wanted to improve the popular site on University Boulevard so even more people can use it – and in order to stage international hockey tournaments.

And they have now joined forces with the University of Nottingham in a new partnership to try and make their dream become reality.

The University of Nottingham is prepared to invest the seven-figure sum – and the cash would be used to create a new water based pitch and seating.

And if the exciting plan gets the go-ahead work could start as soon as September and be finished by the end of the year.

"It will be the best hockey facility in Great Britain by miles if we get the green light," said Highfields general manager Graham Griffiths.

The proposal has been submitted for consideration to Nottingham City Council's Trust and Charities Committee.

They will make the ultimate decision because the land is in their trust, after it was gifted to the city by Jesse Boot.

"We are hopeful it will be approved so we can move forward with it," said Eddie Curry, Head of Parks and Open Spaces.

Highfields is already one of the most well used sports grounds in the city, hosting a wide range of sports from football to lacrosse and baseball as well as being the home of Beeston Hockey Club, who already have one water based and two sand based hockey pitches.

Griffiths says at least 200,000 people use the ground every year – and that thousands more would benefit from the proposed development.

"It is a fantastic project, it really is," said Griffiths.

"We have wanted to do this for 20 odd years now, but never been able to do it because we've never had the money, so it would be brilliant if it finally happened thanks to a partnership with the university.

"It's win win for everybody.

"It will be great for the community because more people will be able to use the place, it will lift university sport and it will lift Beeston Hockey Club as well – and it will mean we can try to bring European hockey to the city.

"We've wanted to do that for a long time as well, but haven't been able to match other European venues."

"This is something the council and the hockey club have been working towards for many years because it will help attract big events and increase the capacity for community use," added Mr Curry. "The University of Nottingham has the resources to deliver it so it's a real opportunity."

Read more: http://www.nottinghampost.com/pound-1m-development-plan-make-Highfields-best/story-21169215-detail/story.html#ixzz33Ihb4vD9

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