Thursday, October 28, 2021

‘Narrow-minded’ approach is leaving Blackpool hockey festival under threat

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Rod Gilmour
The Hockey Paper's Editor. First covered international hockey at the 2010 Commonwealth Games - no better than a full house watching India play England - and has reported for the Daily Telegraph and other major newspapers ever since. Co-founded THP in 2016.

England Hockey says that the dearth of hockey in Blackpool is a “complicated supply and demand scenario” as the future of the famous Easter Festival remains under threat. 

The 69th Easter Festival remains in the balance for 2022 – the spring meeting hasn’t been run since 2019 due to Covid – with the council looking to press the green light on turning the remaining astro into a 3G.

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  1. 3G is a big problem around the country, but arguing that the local authorities should keep a 2G pitch in the hope that someone may eventually restart a club in the future is sadly not the strongest of arguments.


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