Join the team…


Notts Sport are looking for a new Export Co-ordinator to join our Export department. The candidate will need to be enthusiastic as well as being able to work in a team.

Duties will include:

  • Being the initial point contact for all of Notts Sport’s overseas customers
  • Daily liaison with Notts Sport’s Operations Department to ensure the smooth progress and on-time delivery for all Export Department orders
  • Utilise Department of International Trade’s services effectively and become main contact point within Notts Sport for them
  • Providing project quotations, advice, information and support to all of Notts Sport’s overseas customers
  • Facilitating all of Notts Sport’s overseas customers’ needs using all available Notts Sport services
  • Defining problems within the Export Department and working with Notts Sport’s Sales Director at finding solutions
  • Developing skills and knowledge by attending the appropriate workshops and courses
  • Ensuring that any systems and procedures introduced to make the Export Department more efficient and effective are adhered to
  • Maintain regular communication with inactive Export Distributors
  • Along with Notts Sport’s Sales Director carry out research on potential new markets / customers for Notts Sport’s products
  • Update Notts Sport’s sales folders, used by our overseas Distributors, on a twice yearly basis
  • Along with Notts Sport’s Sales Director carry out research on potential new overseas exhibitions / events for Notts Sport to get involved in
  • Liaise with Notts Sport’s Marketing Department on social media and general marketing opportunities generated by overseas projects
  • Liaise with Notts Sport’s Technical Department on resolving technical / quality / installation issues relating to overseas customer’s projects

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 Cricket Board.

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


Put some life back into your old sports facility…


Did you know that Notts Sport’s Fast Track Funding initiative was originally designed for schools and sports clubs looking to resurface an existing pitch?

Just 16 hours of hire per week could provide all of the necessary funds needed to resurface a facility with new high quality synthetic turf.

This ideal funding solution is a cost-effective alternative to building a new facility, utilising a site’s existing features, whilst crucially updating its synthetic playing surface. This key change will improve player performance and will ensure that the life expectancy of your old structure will also improve dramatically.

Fast Track Funding’ can be used to fund some, or all, the resurface of an existing synthetic pitch (as well as new builds). The scheme allows clients to offset the capital costs of the project and repay over a 5 – 7 year period, eliminating the need for any initial capital cost.

The lifespan of any synthetic turf pitch is largely dependent on the extent of usage, appropriate maintenance procedures being carried out and the quality of the surface/base system installed. Whilst these three aspects can be carefully managed to help maximise the life of the synthetic turf surface, it is inevitable that the day will come calling when surface replacement is necessary. Next comes the question, how will the resurface works be funded?

In an ideal world a sink fund would have been contributed to at regular intervals over the course of several years since the facility was first constructed. Unfortunately it is often the case that a sink fund is insufficient, has already been spent elsewhere or, in some cases, has never been put in place at all!

If this is the case, there is an alternative funding solution available. And one that is ideally suited to synthetic pitch resurface projects!

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Fast Track Funding was introduced so that clients can make repayments utilising the income that a resurfaced pitch would generate from pitch hire. With an ever increasing number of clients choosing to use Fast Track Funding, we have found that through developing a partnership with a local sports club/clubs, our clients can guarantee a considerable number of bookings during evenings and weekends. This can take a large proportion of any risk involved in ensuring that repayments can be made. In effect, the facility would being paying for itself! Furthermore, in the case of a School or Academy, as bookings are in the evenings and weekends, it does not affect the use of the facility by the School/Academy itself.

Using our finance projection calculator, Notts Sport can work with you to put together a business model to ascertain the feasibility of using Fast Track Funding for your synthetic pitch resurface. This would take into account the ‘incomings’ that a resurfaced pitch could generate from pitch booking fees but also acknowledge any additional ‘outgoings’ such as specialist maintenance, floodlight running costs and lamp replacement.

Not only that, Notts Sport can also provide assistance in helping you to develop a partnership with a local sports club.

From working with numerous clients who have resurfaced their synthetic pitches using Fast Track Funding, we have confirmation that the income generated from pitch bookings can cover the necessarily repayments and, in some cases, go on to generate extra income as well!

For more information please email markw@nottssport.com or call 01455883730.

There are also a series of free seminars being held in locations across the UK throughout November 2016 which provide a detailed insight into Fast Track Funding. If this is of interest you can book a place via https://fs6.formsite.com/NottsSport1/form6/index.html


ShockWave: From Lab to Pitch


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ShockWave tiles, so-called because of their wave-like contours, slot together like jigsaw pieces to form a combined upper base and shockpad performance layer: the perfect foundation for Multi Use Games Areas (MUGAs).

Each and every ShockWave tile passes through a series of quality control tests to ensure it meets Notts Sport’s and our manufacturer’s stringent requirements.

As every tile comes out of the mould, the dimensions are recorded to ensure it is within the tight tolerances of +- 2mm, or +-0.17% of the total length of a tile. During production a sample of tiles are regularly weighed, to ensure the correct density of expanded polypropylene is maintained. The data is continuously analysed to determine if the machine’s settings need to be altered during production which minimises waste and downtime should any abnormalities occur.

The tiles are stored on trolleys when they leave the mould which are then wheeled into large ovens to dry the tiles. The drying process stabilises the tiles to ensure the dimensional stability and functional performance of the tile is unaffected by the environmental conditions (temperature, humidity) when installed and used on site, even in the more extreme conditions experienced outside of the UK.

Each trolley has a unique barcode which is scanned at every stage of the manufacturing process which details the product, batch & production numbers and the stage within the process. When the tiles are loaded onto the delivery vehicle, they receive their final scan which will ensure a tile never misses part of the well-orchestrated manufacturing process.

When the tiles are delivered to Notts Sports warehouse a random sample of tiles are run through a series of quality control testing. The size (length, width and thickness) and mass of the tiles are recorded as well as the functional performance. Force reduction, a measure of how absorbing the tile is compared to a hard rigid floor, i.e. concrete, is undertaken in three positions across the tile using an artificial athlete. The Head Injury Criterion (HIC) and Peak-G values are recorded using a Triax 2000. The HIC test is used in rugby and GAA sports and determines a severity value for head impact injuries. These values are compared against historical data held on the material to ensure it meets the tight tolerances accepted. The artificial athlete and Triax 2000 test devices are regularly calibrated externally and values are recorded before and after testing on known samples to ensure the repeatability and accuracy of the recorded data.

If irregularities are found, the volume and air flow of the material can be investigated at the manufacturing plant to determine the exact cause of the problem. Tiles found to fall short of the tight manufacturing tolerances can be chopped up and reused in other expanded polypropylene or polypropylene products.

All Notts Sport ShockWave Ecobase products are manufactured using virgin material to ensure the tight manufacturing requirements and the long term warranty offered against the product.

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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 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.”


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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.