Nottingham Hockey Centre has been at the centre of hockey in the East Midlands for 35 years and has served the sport well since Jesse Boot bequeathed the site to the City and people of Nottingham 80 years ago. The quality of the new pitches and social facilities is extremely hard to match anywhere else in the country.
The vision to improve our Club began in 1996, to now appreciate the full splendour of our achievement is gratifying but must be viewed in the context of all the hard work of the many people who have contributed to our success.
Our partnership with the English Institute of Sport (EIS) has been essential and their generous support through the Sport England Lottery Fund has made the vision a reality. The assistance and backing from Nottingham City Council provided a solid foundation for the project and the basis of an excellent working relationship.
The past help and advice of our commercial partners at Tynemill Limited has been invaluable and we have now taken over the bar operation in order to secure the future for the Centre and the catering is franchised to Nottingham Events Company Limited.
Beeston Hockey Club, Nottingham Players Hockey Club, Nottingham Lacrosse Club and Beeston Centurions YFC joined forces in 2001 at the inception of this project. The affiliation of hockey, lacrosse and football under the single ‘umbrella’ of Nottingham Hockey Centre may seem unremarkable to the outsider but we are setting an emerging precedent in English club sport. The development of multi-sport facilities is well established in Europe but is a rarity in the UK.
Nottingham Hockey Centre will continue to work co-operatively in order to provide facilities of the highest quality for all users of whatever sporting discipline. As part of the EIS Network we are very well placed to expand on this great new beginning. The Hockey Centre has recently become the East Midlands National Hockey Performance Centre.
Nottingham Hockey Centre regularly host both national and international hockey events. In 2010 we hosted the FIH Womens Champions Trophy.