A series of seminars will highlight an exciting funding scheme which enables the installation of state-of-the-art community sports facilities – in the face of continuing economic challenges and government cutbacks.

Fast Track Funding – an initiative from leading synthetic surfacing supplier Notts Sport – has funded 22 new sports facilities worth in excess of £8.5 million over the past four years.

Fast Track Funding is the only non-traditional funding route for artificial turf facilities – such as 3G football and rugby, or multi-use hockey pitches – proven to be compliant with Education Funding Agency requirements and local authority or academy auditors.

It’s an ideal solution for schools and local authorities, providing high-quality, synthetic turf sports pitches, with little or no upfront capital contribution required.

That’s because most sports facilities are able to generate significant revenue through community use, and this income can be used to pay for a considerable proportion, if not all, of the cost of projects delivered under the unique scheme.

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Woodkirk Academy’s 3G ShockWave pitch built through Fast Track Funding

To showcase this fantastic initiative, Notts Sport is hosting free Fast Track Funding seminars at venues across England, Scotland and Wales throughout November.

These Continuing Professional Development (CPD) events will give all attendees the opportunity to find out how the scheme could benefit them and learn about the experiences of customers who have already had facilities completed thanks to Fast Track Funding.

With Fast Track Funding, Notts Sport works closely with the individual customer to design a bespoke sports facility that’s specific to their vision and strategy.

Instead of the customer spending months or years applying for grants and waiting for funding, Notts Sport will provide a flexible funding solution with repayments spread over an agreed period to suit specific budgets. So depending on the customer’s requirements, Notts Sport and its specialist funding partners, Unilink Finance Ltd, could provide full funding for the facility up front or supply part of the cost to top up existing funds or budgets.

Shaun Patrick, Chairman of Notts Sport, says: “Our free Fast Track Funding seminar is a fantastic opportunity for staff from schools, local authorities and other sectors to discover all they need to know about how we can help them achieve top-notch sports facilities for their communities.

“Whether it’s a brand new project or the refurbishment of an existing pitch, the new facility can be installed straight away – and we can provide valuable advice for customers to help them maximise the use of the new space after completion so it can immediately start to pay for itself.”


Christ’s College Finchley’s Fast Track Funded pitch

Designing each and every facility to the specific requirements of each customer, Notts Sport has an unrivalled project portfolio illustrating the widest range of solutions. The company’s impressive recent installations include elite sports facilities at internationally renowned independent schools such as Oundle School; world class sports grounds such as Lord’s Cricket Ground; and iconic brands such as Central Park playgrounds in New York.

The company, which has over 32 years of experience in the sports and play surfacing sector, also assures full quality control throughout the installation through its turnkey project management service.

Fast Track Funding Seminars are being held in the following locations:

  • Exeter: 1st November, Sandy Park Conference Centre, 8am-10am
  • Gloucester: 2nd November, Holiday Inn Gloucester-Cheltenham, 8am-10am
  • Birmingham: 3rd November, Holiday Inn Birmingham M6, Jct. 7 8am-10am
  • Manchester: 8th November, Holiday Inn Warrington, 8am-10am
  • Sheffield: 9th November, Holiday Inn Rotherham-Sheffield, 8am-10am
  • Cambridge: 10th November, Holiday Inn Cambridge-Duxford, 8am-10am
  • Kent: 15th November, Holcombe Hockey Club, Chatham, 8am-10am
  • London: 16th November, RICS, Parliament Square, 2pm-4pm
  • Reading: 17th November, Holiday Inn Reading South, 8am-10am
  • Edinburgh: 22nd November, Holiday Inn Edinburgh, 8am-10am
  • Glasgow: 23rd November, Hampden Park Stadium, 8am-10am
  • Durham: 24th November, Holiday Inn Washington, 8am-10am
  • Cardiff: 29th November, Holiday Inn Cardiff North, 8am-10am

Those attending a seminar will also have a chance to win 20 tickets to the Hockey League Finals Weekend 2017 at Lee Valley Hockey Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London.


To find out all they need to know about Notts Sport Fast Track Funding, staff from schools and local authorities can book their place at a free Fast Track Funding seminar online at http://www.nottssport.co.uk/fast-track-funding.html. Further information is available by emailing markw@nottssport.com or calling 01455 883730.





Drone Diary

Drone Diary

Notts Sport’s Drone Ranger has been out and about again, this month photographing recently installed sports facilities across England and Wales:


New hockey facility at Ratcliffe College, Leicestershire


ShockWave tiles installed at Dedworth Middle School, Windsor


HockeyFest at Langley Park Girl’s School, Beckenham


New practice nets at Newtown Linford Cricket Club, Leicestershire


Lord’s Taverners charity cricket day at Uppingham Town CC

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Maddie Hinch Celebrates HockeyFest


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With HockeyFest in full swing in the wake of Team GB’s Olympic gold medal success, we visited the grand opening of the new Bromley & Beckenham HC facility to join in the party. The nation’s new favourite goalie, Maddie Hinch, came along to test out the new pitch, coach the team and give some advice to the club’s young players…


We spoke to Maddie in the middle of her whirlwind fortnight since returning from Rio, making appearances on The One Show, Sunday Brunch, Radio 2, Sky Sports and The Johnathan Ross Show. Despite her new showbiz calendar, she told the crowd that it was the grass roots, local community events such as HockeyFest that she had been looking forward to most since winning a gold medal:

“To think that we’ve inspired a generation through the Olympic success is massive to us – it’s actually the main thing we want to do more than anything: to inspire the future and get hockey on the map, to get more people picking up sticks is really important, and the medal is just a bonus.” Maddie Hinch


What is HockeyFest?

HockeyFest is a series of events at hockey clubs all over the country during August and September. These social sports days, hosted by Great Britain Hockey in partnership with Notts Sport, are designed to encourage players of all ages and experiences to get involved, pick up a stick, and join in the hockey community. Everyone from pros to newbies are welcome to try something new and have a bit of fun in friendly atmosphere, with clubs organising BBQs, bake offs, off-pitch challenges, fancy dress and games.

“My favourite thing about HockeyFest is the fact that there’s people here picking up a stick for the very first time. It’s an easy opportunity for people to just come down and experience hockey without having to sign up for anything. You can just literally get down here and enjoy it and there’s a bit of a party atmosphere which makes it all the better!” Maddie Hinch

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How can I get involved?

The easiest way to get involved is to come along to a HockeyFest near you, and give the sport a go for free.

“For hockey newcomers I would just recommend getting down there and make sure you try all the different positions. Don’t just focus on being a defender, goalie or forward, try it all, because you never know what you might suit!” Maddie Hinch

Find out where your nearest event is here, and join in the fun!

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Tour De Prem: Jacko’s Ride



This month, the Notts Sport team have been busy raising funds and awareness for a number of fantastic charities, including our Official Charity of the Year: Help For Heroes.

Friend of the company, James Nutt took on the challenge of cycling between the UK’s Premiership football clubs in memory of childhood friend and Notts Sport team member, Jack Patrick. This incredible feat took James to 20 stadiums over 7 days, cycling a grand total of 1024 miles, concluding at Leicester’s King Power Stadium to a crowd of friends and supporters, honouring Jack’s club’s unprecedented Premiership win.

So far, the Tour De Prem has raised a staggering £10K for Help For Heroes. If you would like to sponsor James for his amazing achievement you can donate via Just Giving!

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Shane Warne and Ian Botham’s Charity Golf Challenge



This month, Sir Ian Botham and Shane Warne took part in a charity golf challenge, in which the cricketing greats played 18 holes in 18 different counties.

Notts Sport were pleased to sponsor the 5th hole at Leicestershire Golf Club for the Beefy’s Charity Foundation event, helping to fund specific projects relating to chronic illnesses and other challenges facing young people.

The duo travelled the country in two helicopters, beginning the challenge in County Durham at 6am and finishing at The Belfry shortly after 10pm.

You can watch Sky Sport’s coverage of all 18 holes here.




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Sam Ward counts down to the Olympics


We spoke to our Hockey Ambassador, Sam Ward, ahead of his first Olympic Games to see how he and Team GB are preparing for their summer in Rio…

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1. Team GB…

Q: What is your favourite memory from previous Olympics?

A: I remember watching 2012 and saying ’I want to be at the next Olympics’. Now it has become true it is the one memory which really sticks in my head.


2. Career…

Q: If you weren’t an international hockey player, what career would you have chosen?

A: If I could have chosen a career I would have been a cricketer. If I couldn’t be that though I would be a car salesman.


3. Music…

Q: What music helps you get into zone before a match?

A: Anything with a strong beat/rhythm tends to get me going.



4. Diet & Training…

Q: Does your diet or routine change when building up to a major international tournament?

A: It doesn’t really differ at all throughout the year. We stick to what food helps you to perform at the best of your ability, apart from pre tournaments we maybe focus more on tactical elements.


5. Tour Life…

Q: Which country did you enjoy touring the most?

A: My favourite place we have been recently is Australia.

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6. Travel Essentials…

Q: What are your top five travel essentials you couldn’t live without?

A:  My hockey stick, trainers, phone, Ipad, and a travel adapter!

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7. Globetrotting…

Q: How do you overcome jetlag when playing in different countries?

A: We have very good support staff who advise when is best to sleep and not to sleep to help recover from it as fast as possible.


8. Rest…

Q: When touring abroad do you get time soak up the local culture?

A: Not very often as the main thing is to perform as well as we can on the pitch, so rest is the main priotiry in down time.

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9. Climates and Altitudes…

Q: Do different climates and altitudes affect you the way in which you prepare for a match?

A: On game day it does not affect what we do. But for a tournament for example we may do acclimatisation training before we leave in preparation.

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10.  Memory Lane…

Q: What is your earliest sporting memory?

A: I remember scoring for my school hockey team when I was 6!

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11.  Advice…

Q: What would your top tip be to any young and aspiring Hockey player?

A: Never give up, if you believe then you can definitely achieve.

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12. Rio 16…

Q: How does it feel to be chosen as part of the Great Britain Olympic team?

A: I can’t put into words how amazing it feels. It was always a childhood dream. But it’s not about just being selected, it’s about performing and winning a medal.



The Jack Patrick Memorial Cup


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Notts Sport team members enjoyed a fun day out of the office on Friday 1st July at the Jack Patrick Memorial Cup cricket day, raising money for Help For Heroes in memory of esteemed co worker, friend and family member Jack Patrick.


The charity, which was important to Jack, has been chosen as the company’s Official Charity of the Year, with a pledge to raise £30,000 over 2016.

“The charity is important because it helps support so many soldiers and allows families to continue with their lives even after the worst may have happened.” Laura Bennett

220,560 individuals were deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq between 2001 and 2014. Up to 75,000 servicemen and women (and their families) will need HFH support in the future”.  Shaun Patrick


The charity event was held at local ground, Lutterworth Cricket Club, with help from the club, The Barmy Army and Help For Heroes. The first match kicked off at 2pm, with the Help For Heroes cricket team vs. The Barmy Army, walking on to a rousing rendition of Jerusalem from Notts Sport’s resident DJ Tom Douglas.

Help For Heroes comfortably won the first game against the Barmy Army, whose team featured appearances from BBC Radio 5 Sport Extra’s Charlie Dagnall and Henry Moeran. Both batsmen made good contributions to the final total of 139, but Help For Heroes made short work of chasing their target down, the ball sailing over the boundary and causing the spectators to scatter.


Prosecco and cocktails were the order of the day, as the stylish converted horsebox ‘Ranieri’s Prosecco Bar‘ pulled up to hand-mix drinks for the steady queue that formed throughout the evening. Other attractions included two bouncy castles, a BBQ, cake and sweet stalls, and a huge raffle with donated prizes worth over £2,000.

“On the day I sold raffle tickets, the prizes donated were fantastic and numerous and I was flabbergasted by the amount of generous people wanting to buy tickets. I was so glad that some of the prizes went to people who really had to dig deep to find the money.”  Keith Parker.

Special guest ‘Billy The Trumpet’ performed classic cricket tunes to rally the crowd, and Wasim Khan MBE presented the trophy to both Lutterworth CC and Help for Heroes teams who drew after the exciting second match was cut short due to unexpected rain.

The evening culminated in an al-fresco auction with the crowd bidding on items such as 4×4 experience days, a signed England Cricket shirt and bat, personalised pet portraits, a luxury picnic hamper, and a signed Leicester City programme from the winning season, all kindly donated from local businesses. Notts Sport chairman Shaun Patrick’s best moment of the day was watching a novelty Help For Heroes cake sell for an astonishing £400, and says that the amount raised was “Amazing. Simply amazing.”


Fundraising for Help For Heroes was great team building for the Notts Sport team, and an opportunity to socialise with the community at large:

“It is fantastic for the entire company & their families to come together for such a good cause and allows us to develop and build community relationships here in Lutterworth” Duncan Bennett.

“It’s always nice to be with colleagues out of the office as well as in, I think it’s what helps in all the team getting on so well and a great part about working for Notts Sport.” Laura Bennett.

“It is an incredible achievement to raise such a large amount of money for charity in one day.”  Jason Palmer.

“The day was such a fitting way to remember Jack and to support his charity Help for Heroes. The turnout was incredible, cricket great and to raise £8,000 was an unbelievable effort, thanks to everyone who gave their time and money so generously!” Mark Coeshaw.


Notts Sport would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came along, donated on Just Giving, played cricket, volunteered, gave prizes, bid in the auction, baked a cake and generally helped to make this incredible afternoon go with a bang (despite the occasional downpour)! We are pleased to announce that we raised an amazing £8,000 for Help For Heroes, and we hope that the money will go a long way in helping to improve the lives of the UK’s injured servicemen.

When asked to sum up the day in three words, cricket fans decided upon:

“Generosity at large!”

“Sun, fun, beer!”  

“A worthy cause.”


and “Same next year!?”




Drone Diary

Drone Diary

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The Notts Sport team have been getting to grips with the latest development in photographic technology: The DJI Phantom 3 Drone. We asked our Twitter followers to choose its name, and ‘The Drone Ranger’ won in a landslide victory!

This month The Drone Ranger has been all over the country, photographing  completed facilities at Etone College; Holyrood Academy; Gillingham Anchorians HC; Holcombe HC; Hackney’s Mabley Green Park; and Oundle School. This fantastic bit of kit enables us to take bird’s-eye-view images and videos at a height of 500m, allowing us to capture the entirety of our pitches and playgrounds from the sky for the first time.

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Keep a lookout on social media using the tag #DroneDiary to see where in the UK The Drone Ranger will pop up next.


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New Job Opening at Notts Sport – Technical Assistant.


Due to continued growth Notts Sport is looking to recruit a Technical Assistant to join its successful Research & Development team.
As the Technical Assistant for Notts Sport your role will be split between testing and developing new innovative products, quality control of existing products and working closely with the CAD department in producing high quality drawings. Notts Sport has innovation at its core, and it is the continual development of new and innovative products which drives the passion of the team and success of the company within the industry.The role will involve undertaking testing of sports pitches, writing professional, clear and concise reports and using analytical skills to play a key role in developing new products. As part of our commitment to quality, regular testing and reporting of existing products will be undertaken in accordance with ISO9001 standards. In addition, our successful Multi Sports department will require additional resource for key stage testing during both the pre and post-installation phase of a synthetic turf sports pitch project.

The role will be both office based for the majority of the week but also requires time to be spent on the road visiting new and existing sports pitches throughout mainland UK.

Your work in the CAD department will mainly involve producing visual and technical drawings for our Cricket department and occasionally the ChildsPlay and Multi-Sports departments working with our current lead CAD Technician. This will be achieved using Autodesk Revit and AutoCAD, design software which allows the user to create objects and products and export them in professional layouts that the sales team will use to promote sales and to aid in planning applications.

The role will be split approximately 60% testing existing and developing new products, 30% completing high quality CAD drawings and 10% aiding the synthetic turf pitch department with on site pitch testing.

Certain applicants will enrol within the Notts Sport academy which is an in-house training programme designed to progress individual staff members’ skills and knowledge through problem solving and team work exercises, while working with real projects and live briefs. Through this outlet, the younger members of the team are given the opportunity to voice business ideas and input creatively in an open and collaborative environment. The scheme has proven to be integral to the growth of the company, with important new business ideas stemming from the Academy sessions. Notts Sport realises that nurturing individual talent in this way will be beneficial for the company now, and in the long term.

You must be a friendly and professional person, trusted by clients and your colleagues, and driven to succeed. You should be able to manage your time effectively and keep up with the demands of the job which may involve overnight stays in any given working week. A clean, full UK driving license will be required. Technical experience of artificial turf pitches and testing will be a preference but full training can be provided. Computer aided design experience is preferred although training can be provided by a member of staff or externally.

To apply or to find out more about the position please send your up to date CV with a covering letter to nickm@nottssport.com with the title of the email “Job Application – Technical Assistant”.