New Notts Sport hockey pitch wins approval from top internationals

Holcombe Hockey Club in Kent - one of the country's leading club sides with 12 full internationals among their ranks - has had its home pitch rebuilt by Notts Sport.

The new pitch at Holcombe Hockey Club. Image: Supplied
The new pitch at Holcombe Hockey Club. Image: Supplied

The synthetic surfacing supplier is an official England Hockey Facilities Partner, and offers a wide range of FIH (International Hockey Federation) compliant pitches and systems. The project to rebuild Holcombe's existing water-based pitch involved a full design appraisal with players and management.

Duncan Bennett, managing director of Notts Sport, said the bespoke design was developed specifically for Holcombe's water-based pitch. The club also decided to resurface the adjacent second pitch using a sand-dressed grass designed to closely match the first pitch's performance.

"Following the two-year development process, the reconstruction project and resurfacing of the additional pitch was specified and tendered to a range of specialist hockey pitch contractors. The contract for both pitches was then awarded to one of our approved contractors, S & C Slatter, after a comprehensive appraisal and interview process," Bennett said.

"Both pitches were completed over the summer ready for the start of the 2015/16 season and it is fantastic to see Holcombe's teams flying high in their respective leagues. The Notts Sport pitches have now had a few months of use and we're delighted to have received some really positive feedback from Holcombe's elite players."

Among the 12 internationals currently playing for Holcombe's men's and women's teams, 11 are members of Team GB. They have been delighted with the quality of their new playing surface.

England and Team GB defender Sam Quek said: "The new Holcombe pitch is an absolutely fantastic surface to play on. The ball absolutely fizzes across the surface and holds the water really well. It's a really great pitch and we're really lucky to have such an international standard pitch here. It's so much better than the old one."

Emily Maguire, who represents Scotland and Team GB, said: "It's a real international standard hockey pitch and we're really grateful to Notts Sport for helping us out and laying such a fantastic turf. The ball just plays really quickly across it and it means that we can play at really high-intensity and keep the standard of our game really high."

England and Team GB's Steph Elliott adds: "It's really nice and plays really well. It's a million times better than the old one. I actually fell on the pitch last season and my whole knee swelled up because the pitch

The company offers a no-obligation design and advisory service. This minimises development costs and allows clubs and schools to receive specialist expertise and support without incurring costs prior to the scheme going ahead.

Notts Sport also helps schools and hockey clubs work together to provide first-class facilities without any upfront capital costs through its Fast Track Funding initiative.

Under Fast Track Funding, the company will put in place up to 100 per cent of the funding for a brand new pitch which can then be installed straight away. This has already been used by schools and academies around the UK. In many cases, the school can use the completed facility during weekdays, with the hockey club hiring it for evenings and weekends to provide guaranteed revenue over a set period to fund the repayments, creating long-term partnerships and sustainable facilities for both the school and club.

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