Exclusive: Data from Sport England’s facility database shows that hockey is rapidly disappearing pitch by pitch across the country, as well as from less affluent parts
The rise of 3G astroturf over the last 20 years is dwarfing the amount of hockey competitive pitches left in England, with the football-friendly surface having overtaken pitches compatible with our sport in the last two years.
According to analysis compiled by The Hockey Paper using Sport England’s Active Places Power database, there has been a worrying overall decline in the amount of hockey compatible pitch space in England.
The data has also revealed:
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