Hundreds of new and refurbished hockey facilities are set to be completed thanks to a unique initiative between the England Hockey Board (EHB) and leading synthetic surfacing supplier Notts Sport.
To celebrate its new approved supplier status with the EHB, Notts Sport has unveiled an innovative solution which allows schools and hockey clubs to work together to provide first-class facilities without the need for upfront funding.
Through Notts Sport’s Fast Track Funding initiative, the company will provide up to 100% of the funding for a brand new pitch, which can then be installed straight away.
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.
Notts Sport Chairman Shaun Patrick commented: “With an incredible season of sport set to inspire a whole new generation of athletes, there’s never been a greater need to make sure sporting facilities are ready to meet the increased demand.
“Levels of interest in hockey are likely to be higher than ever after the London Olympics, so this scheme couldn’t come at a better time.
“For schools whose sports facilities have seen better days, now’s the time to take action – and a cost-effective Notts Sport pitch is the ideal choice for hockey, from the grassroots game to the very highest level.”
Alex Teasdale, National Manager Clubs and Facilities for the EHB, says: “We’re delighted to be working with Notts Sport on this exciting opportunity for schools and clubs to work together for their mutual benefit and we’re sure the scheme will prove extremely popular.”
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