New Hockey Partnership puts Nottingham on the map!

Posted by David Griffiths on 22 January 2016


A new exciting partnership between Nottingham Hockey Centre and The University of Nottingham will see a brand new £1M waterbase hockey pitch open at Nottingham Hockey Centre in February 2016.

The hockey centre, which is home to Beeston Hockey Club, already boasts one of the best hockey facilities in the country. The addition of a second waterbase pitch will put the city on the European map as one of the best hockey facilities on the continent.

The new facility is a state of the art nylon AstroTurf pitch, identical to the other waterbase pitch at Nottingham Hockey Centre, which was relaid last summer. 

Nottingham Hockey Centre Chairman, David Griffiths, commented, "The project has been a pipe dream for many years because we have always struggled to find the funding. This is fantastic news and we are extremely grateful to the University for their significant investment. Beeston Hockey Club and the University of Nottingham already have strong links and this new partnership will make these links even stronger. The new pitch will provide the University with access to one of the top hockey centres in Europe.

The City Council have always had a vision to create a 'Sportopolis' down University Boulevard and we have shared that vision for many years now. The wealth of quality sports facilities, which stretches down the road, must be envied by other big cities. We took our concept idea to develop a further world class waterbase pitch to the City Council in 2012, and then to the University of Nottingham. They have both been fully supportive since day one. The new project will be open for the community to use, will boost participation in the sport and will help the Hockey Centre attract major hockey events in to the City."

The University of Nottingham's Director of Sport, Dan Tilley, commented, "The University has a rich hockey heritage boasting a long line of Internationals such as George Pinner, Nick Catlin and Harry Martin, who are all vying for spots at the Rio Olympics, along with previous Olympians such as Anne Panter, Rob Moore, Robert Clift and John Land. The partnership with Nottingham Hockey Centre helps embed the existing strong links with the Centre, which were undoubtedly a factor in the Men’s side winning the British University (BUCS) National Championships last year. Having one of the best facilities in Europe will help maintain the University as one of the leading hockey institutions and with a joint scholarship package on offer with Beeston Hockey Club, this will no doubt help attract some of the best young players in the country to both the University and the Club."

The trust land at Highfields Park was bequeathed to the people of Nottingham for sport and recreation by Jesse Boot, founder of Boots. Nottingham City Council are now the sole trustee. 

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