Saturday, December 9, 2023

The 3G curse: ‘We don’t know how we are going to continue to facilitate hockey’

We hear from four more clubs across England under the cosh from 3G and the widespread lack of hockey provision

Correspondence to The Hockey Paper continues to grow – and there is no sign of stopping as clubs get word of our investigation and local authorities and educational sites stay tight-lipped over the future of pitch surfaces.

For the last three years, Tristan Andrews, co-chairman for PGSOB HC in Plymouth, has been pressing his club’s local authority without any valid response on an almost weekly basis as he looks to safeguard the sport in his region.

There are two hockey specific pitches in Plymouth (Marjon) and a further four multi-sport surfaces which service 34 senior teams across the city, four junior clubs and six vets sides. Of the four multi-sport pitches, only one could be considered suitable for use as a hockey pitch.

Andrews has been asking for either a further hockey specific pitch or to upgrade one of the three multi-sport pitches to make it suitable for the club.

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