Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Nottinghamshire club Newark puts down new astro to secure long-term future

A Nottinghamshire hockey club has bucked the trend of recent issues regarding 3G and school academy facilities by welcoming a new astro

Newark Hockey Club, which has Adam Dixon and Shona McCallin as former members, said the pitch at Magnus Church of England Academy would secure its long-term future, as well as help deliver sport for the community.

Newark and Sherwood District Council provided the initial funding to upgrade the astro pitch, which is over 20 years old.

It will then be paid back by the school via leasing fees through a community use agreement.

Arran Coggan, chair of Newark Hockey Club, said: “We are delighted to see the pitch refurbished and thank the school and council for their positive outlooks in making this happen.

“Being over 15 years old, the previous pitch was detrimental to safe hockey.

“Over 180 players from five to 60+ years old play hockey weekly throughout the year and the new pitch will enable us to provide a safe and secure home for everyone.”

Anna Martin, executive head at Magnus Church of England academy, said: “We are thrilled to have secured a great investment for our academy and students, the partnership working with Newark and Sherwood District Council, Newark Hockey and Active4Today has enabled us to secure an asset for the whole community.”

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