Trekking for Jacko

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In 2015 Jack Patrick passed away at the age of 20 from a rare disease called Goodpastures Syndrome.

Jacko was a big supporter of The Barmy Army, following England to all the home tests and also Australia. A good friend of Barmy Army MD, Paul Burnham, Jacko helped promote and organise the BAT 2015 tour around the counties of England, often sharing a few beers and fags with Paul and Billy Cooper on the way.

In 2016, The Barmy Army and Lutterworth Cricket Club, organised a Memorial Cricket Match in his memory. With help from Chris Millard from Barmy Army, and the Notts Sport staff (where Jacko worked), a staggering £8,000 was raised for Jacko’s favourite charity, Help for Heroes.

In 2017, the event was repeated and over £10,000 was raised. The fixture has now become a permanent event in South Leicestershire and will take place on Friday June 22nd. Help for Heroes send a cricket team made up of wounded servicemen, and have made sure it is the first match to appear on their fixture list.

In the last 2 years, Jacko’s friends and family have raised more than £50,000 in his memory. The latest challenge will see his Mum and Dad, Shaun and Emma, along with 30 other Help for Heroes Fundraisers, trek across Cambodia in March. Details can be found here. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/shaun-patrick11.

Both Shaun and Emma will be sporting Barmy Army sunhats throughout the trek!

When Shaun and Emma were at this winter’s first test in Brisbane, they witnessed the first rendition of the Kangaroo song, and will be teaching the rest of the group the words when the going gets tough!

We wish them all the best for this difficult adventure. Feel free to sponsor Emma and Shaun at Just Giving

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Notts Sport moves to Strengthen its Export Division

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Andy Earnshaw, Director of Export.

Leading sport and play surfacing specialists Notts Sport, is delighted to announce the appointment of Andy Earnshaw as new Director of Export.

 

Andy originally joined Notts Sport in 2014 to lead the Multi Sports project delivery team and to assist with the launch of the revolutionary ShockWave EcoBase system having worked alongside the company for over 25 years as a contract manager at leading UK sport, play and cricket contractors.

The return of Andy leading our Export division shows company’s ambition and vision for the development of an already thriving overseas business, bringing his passion, enthusiasm and unrivalled wealth of experience across construction, technical and supply chain development not only to Notts Sport but to the company’s clients in the UK and worldwide.

Commenting on the new appointment, Managing Director, Duncan Bennett said: “We are delighted that Andy has returned to Notts Sport.  In his 3 years at the company, Andy had already proven himself to be a key member of the senior management team across our sports pitch & project delivery side of the business.  Transferring that success, experience and unrivalled set of skills to his new role as Director of Export will ensure that we continue to deliver our strategic vision of developing existing partnerships with our 25+ distributors around the world as well as developing new global and regional opportunities across sport, play & cricket and in turn opening up exciting new opportunities for Notts Sport products and solutions such as Surface Play & ShockWave in North America.”

Andy commented, “I look forward to expanding Notts Sport’s business globally and leveraging our relationship with existing and new customers around the world as we look to help clients improve the level of safety within play areas and sports facilities.”

Supporting Andy in the Export Division is Beverley LaRosa, who has become integral to the success of the Export department since beginning in her role 12 months ago.

Academies Show 2017

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With over £8.6m worth of projects funded to date, Notts Sport were privileged to present at the recent Academies Show in Birmingham.

Over the course of 30 minutes we provided a whistle stop summary of our unique Fast Track Funding model which provides funding solutions to the Education Sector for synthetic turf sport, play & cricket facilities.

If you are looking to develop, upgrade or replace any external sports facilities then Fast Track Funding provides another proven option and for over 25 schools & Academies has created a robust and sustainable business and financial case to make the project vision a reality.

Our presentation can be viewed on the following link so why not take a look and learn how Notts Sport can provide a turnkey solution including funding for your sport, play or cricket project.

NEW JOB OPPORTUNITY – SALES & PROJECT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

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Sports Consultancy – Sales & Project Development Manager

Due to continued growth Notts Sport is looking to recruit a Sales & Project Development Manager to join its successful synthetic turf pitch consultancy department.

The role combines both sales and project management. Technical experience and a proven track record of sales or project management within the synthetic sports pitch industry is essential, with a combination of both a preference.

You will be working closely with a wide variety of customers at any given time including local authorities, education departments, schools, sports clubs, facility managers, sports pitch contractors and main contractors to promote the unique Notts Sport Design & Advisory Service. Sales leads will be generated by both yourself and the company marketing initiatives within the United Kingdom.

You will also be managing & delivering large scale, high profile sports pitch projects from initial enquiry through to completion.  This encompasses all aspects of the design, development, specification and delivery of synthetic turf pitch projects for customers throughout the UK, with you being on hand to offer expert advice and support throughout.

You will be office based and out on the road with responsibilities ranging from liason with prospective clients and conducting the initial sales/technical discussions through to managing all stages during the life of the project to ensure successful project delivery.

You must be a friendly and professional person, trusted by clients and your colleagues, and driven to succeed.  Technical knowledge of synthetic sports pitch construction will be required along with a high level of communication skills as is the ability to build strong, long term customer relationships across a wide variety of customer and supplier sectors. You should be able to manage your time effectively and keep up with the demands of the role which may involve overnight stays in any given working week.

I.T skills will be an advantage; Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Powerpoint and CRM Suite are key tools to deliver your key performance results.

The package;

Competitive salary and attractive bonus scheme (subject to knowledge/experience). Company car, pension scheme, private health insurance, up to 25 days annual leave.

To apply for the position please send your up-to-date CV with a covering letter to johnb@nottssport.com with the title of the email “Job Application – Multi-Sports Project Development Manager.”

Deadline for applications: 5pm Monday 11th December

FREE SEMINARS WILL SHOW HOW A NEW SPORTS FACILITY COULD PAY FOR ITSELF!

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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 25 new sports facilities worth in excess of £9 million over the past five 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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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.”

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St Edwards College Pitch following Fast Track Funding

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 33 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: 31st October, Sandy Park Conference Centre, 8am-10am
  • Southampton 1st November, Holiday Inn Southampton Eastleigh, 8am-10am
  • Washington: 2nd November, Holiday Inn Washington, 8am-10am
  • Wasrrington: 7th November, Holiday Inn Warrington 8am-10am
  • Sheffield: 8th November, Holiday Inn Sheffield/Rotherham, 8am-10am
  • Gloucester: 9th November, Holiday Inn Gloucester South, 8am-10am
  • Brighton: 14th November, AMEX Stadium, 8am-10am
  • Kent: 15th November, Holiday Inn Maidstone, 8am-10am
  • Ipswich: 16th November, Holiday Inn Ipswich, 8am-10am
  • Birmingham: 21st November, Holiday Inn Birmingham, 8am-10am
  • Glasgow: 22nd November, House For An Art Lover, 8am-10am
  • Edinburgh: 23rd November, Holiday Inn Edinburgh, 8am-10am
  • London: 28th November, RICS Parliament Square, 2pm-4pm
  • Maidenhead: 29th November, Holiday Inn Maidenhead, 8am-10am
  • Cardiff: 30th November, Holiday Inn Cardiff M4 J32, 8am-10am

Those attending a seminar will also have a chance to win 20 tickets to the Hockey League Finals Weekend 2018.

BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW

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 https://fs6.formsite.com/NottsSport1/form9/index.html. Further information is available by emailing markw@nottssport.com or calling 01455 883730.

 

 

 

WITH LOVING MEMORIES OF SIMON GLOVER

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It is with great sadness that we bring the news that one of the Notts Sport family, Simon Glover, has passed away suddenly this weekend after fighting an aggressive form of cancer.

Simon has been a key member of the Notts Sport team, leading the installation, training and development of Notts Sport systems, contractors and distributors all across the world in his 12 years at the company.  In his role as Technical Installation Manager, his impact on Notts Sport will be felt for many years and generations to come with any number of our 100+ family of distributors & contractors around the world having teams and individuals trained up to Simon’s exacting standards on cricket, sport & play pushing the standards for installations and projects as a result.

Simon will be sorely missed as a friend, colleague and most of all as one of the most thoroughly nice human beings you could ever wish to meet and even better, work with day in day out.  We ask that you are patient with our staff over the coming days and weeks as we come to terms with Simon’s sudden passing.

Our thoughts at this time go out to Wendy & his children and the wider family.

New Job Opportunity – Marketing Assistant

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Notts Sport is looking for a new Marketing Assistant to join our Marketing team. The candidate will need to be enthusiastic with a creative eye as well as being able to work in a team. Experience and/or a qualification in Marketing would be ideal.

Duties will include:

  • Writing and proofreading copy for Notts Sport blog and website
  • Organise and execute photoshoots
  • Editing of photographs
  • Managing of Notts Sport social media pages
  • Planning and evaluating marketing campaigns
  • Managing the production of marketing materials, including flyers, brochures and e-campaigns
  • Create case studies of completed projects
  • Attending events such as conferences, seminars and exhibition’s
  • Sourcing advertising opportunities
  • Supporting the Head of Marketing and other colleagues

The ideal candidate:

  • Good IT skills and experience of working with Microsoft Office software
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative suite or other design software
  • Confidence in writing copy quickly and to a high standard
  • Excellent communication and organisation skills
  • Photography skills are ideal but not essential
  • A full driving licence

The company:

Notts Sport is the leading specialist in designing, advising upon and supplying artificial surfacing systems for sport, play and leisure.

The company has over 30 years’ experience in providing non-turf technology for cricket, tennis, hockey and football as well as children’s play and multi-use games areas.

Committed to providing effective and innovative design solutions, Notts Sport has built up an impressive client portfolio, working with local authorities, schools, clubs and national and regional sports bodies such as England Hockey and the England and Wales Cricket Board.

To apply please email your current CV to markw@nottssport.com and outline your experience and skills that are suited to this position.

NEW JOB OPPORTUNITY AT NOTTS SPORT!

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UK Sales & Project Development Manager – Sports

Due to continued growth Notts Sport is looking to recruit a UK Sales & Project Development Manager to join its successful synthetic turf pitch department.

The role combines sales performance with project management. Technical experience and a proven track record of either sales or project management within the synthetic sports pitch industry is essential, with a combination of both a preference.

You will be working closely with a wide variety of customers at any given time including local authorities, education departments, schools, sports clubs, facility managers, sports pitch contractors and main contractors to sell the unique Notts Sport Design & Advisory Service.

You will also be managing & delivering large scale, high profile sports pitch projects from initial enquiry through to completion.  This encompasses all aspects of the design, development, specification and delivery of synthetic turf pitch projects for customers throughout the UK, with you being on hand to offer expert advice and support throughout.

You will be office based and out on the road with responsibilities ranging from liaison with prospective clients and conducting the initial sales/technical discussions through all stages right through to following up  at critical points during the life of the project.

Sales leads and contacts will be generated by both yourself and the company marketing initiatives within the United Kingdom.

You must be a friendly and professional person, trusted by clients and your colleagues, and driven to succeed.  Technical knowledge of synthetic sports pitches will be required along with high levels of communication skills as is the ability to build strong, long term customer relationships across a wide variety of customer and supplier sectors. 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.

I.T skills will be an advantage; Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Microsoft Customer Relationship Management (CRM) are key tools to deliver your key performance results.

The package;

Competitive salary and bonus scheme (subject to knowledge/experience). Company car, pension scheme, private health insurance, up to 25 days annual leave.

To apply for the position please send your up-to-date CV with a covering letter to johnb@nottssport.com with the title of the email “Job Application – Multi-Sports Project Development Manager.”

Deadline for applications: 5pm Friday 14th July 2017.

Roundhay School

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Roundhay School is an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ school located in Roundhay, Leeds.
Notts Sport were approached to project manage the installation of a new full size sand
dressed hockey facility, overseeing planning, design, building and maintenance.
The project was developed from 2014 through to 2016 in partnership with Leeds Council,
and it has allowed the school to introduce hockey into the curriculum for the first time.
In the first four months since completion of the new pitch, the school has seen over 50 girls playing hockey, a tremendous start illustrating how a synthetic turf facility has the ability to improve participation and engage a wide range of pupils.

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Rachelle Le-Bourdin, PE teacher at the school was able to tailor the pitch to the school’s
needs:
“Working with Notts Sport was brilliant right from the beginning: they came up straight
away, met with us and asked about our vision and what we needed from the pitch, so it
was always about what we wanted and needed, and not ever about what they were trying to sell.”
“From the brilliant initial meeting the relationship grew, and they’ve actually helped with the wider planning of an expansion at the school. They’ve been absolutely brilliant from start to finish: coming and checking that everything’s been installed properly, and helping with our opening ceremony.”


The sand dressed hockey pitch is the first of its kind in the area, meaning that it will benefit the wider community:
“We’ve gone from having about 15 at hockey practice to having over 50 at every session –
and that’s only the girls. We are hoping to get junior clubs in the community involved which means our pupils can have a bit of a school/club link going on, and sports such as hockey, football, handball can grow within the community for juniors and adults alike.”

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We welcomed England and GB Hockey player, Suzy Petty, to open the pitch in May:

“Coming from Leeds originally, having a pitch at Roundhay is unbelievable – I’ve been playing against them since I was 11. They have never had a hockey pitch before, and I think for a school like this that is so big and has such a big impact on the community. To have a hockey pitch is just unbelievable and hopefully the kids will just love it!”

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Cricket at La Manga Club

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Cricket Ireland has joined forces with Cricket Scotland and La Manga Club in a ten-year deal to create a European Cricket Performance Centre in La Manga: the first of its kind in Europe.
Notts Sport were welcomed on board to facilitate the state of the art Performance Centre in Spain, designing six new first-class grass pitches, and two artificial wickets on two existing grounds; plus 18 grass and five artificial net lanes with 25 yard run ups. In addition, specialist grass fielding, catching and wicket-keeping areas are also being created.

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Scott Hawkins, Head Groundsman at La Manga Club, worked with Notts Sport throughout, and has also been able to play on the new ‘D’ System surface, as a club player:

“It plays very similarly to natural turf. It’s a good resemblance of what you would play on a natural turf pitch environment: you do get pace and bounce and a lot more consistency. It’s easy to go from the natural turf to the artificial.”

“The practice facility is a good training aid because you do get confidence from knowing
it’s going to be consistent, and also the knowledge that it’s going to resemble what you go
and play on in a match environment. Everyone that’s been here to train on this – whether it’s been club or international cricketers have benefited from playing on this surface, and have been enjoying how good the quality is. They’re making individual improvements as well as team benefits at the same time.”

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Since completion in early 2017, David Moore, La Manga Cricket Club President has seen
much activity within the new facility: “Club players and our juniors had first use of the nets in March 2017, all of whom were very impressed. The batsmen were happy with the bounce and being able to attack the ball.”
“We have had a very full programme of cricket in April, with our Classic T20, Last Man
Standing European Open, UK Schools Tournament and Madrid Cricket Club T20. The
artificial pitches played extremely well with all competing teams complimenting the new
facilities. We as the home club are extremely impressed with the new facilities, and can now watch professional and international players training on a regular basis.”

Under the terms of the partnership, Cricket Ireland and Cricket Scotland will have exclusive booking options for using the centre as a warm weather training and playing base for its men’s and women’s national and provincial senior and youth teams.

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