Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Hockey ‘killed off’ in Cumbrian borough over 3G pitch installation

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Lucas Ball
Lucas Ball is a freelance sports journalist

Western Lakes Hockey Club believe that hockey in their Cumbrian borough has effectively been ‘killed off’ by the installation of a 3G pitch at their home.

WLHC’s chairman admitted in a letter to Copeland’s Mayor Mike Starkie that their pitch needed replacing at Cleator Moor Activity Centre but the new surface was not suitable after they were not consulted over the decision or given any prior notice.

The decision, which the club says goes against the council’s own Pitch Playing Strategy, came as a surprise to both Western Lakes and England Hockey, who were also not informed.

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  1. The council had cash from the governments towns fund and probably wanted a quick win to show the community that they were on the ball with investment – but its obvious they weren’t.


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