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England Hockey OFFICIAL PARTNERS

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ENGLAND HOCKEY RENEW AGREEMENT WITH NOTTS SPORT AS OFFICIAL FACILITIES PARTNER UNTIL 2021

Leading synthetic surfacing supplier Notts Sport will continue its ongoing support for hockey by extending its successful relationship with England Hockey as the organisation’s Official Facilities Partner.

The renewed partnership, which will run until 2021, means Notts Sport continue their fantastic work in collaboration with England Hockey, ensuring that clubs, schools and local authorities can deliver the best new and refurbished hockey facilities to help grow the game in communities up and down the country.

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The announcement comes four years after Notts Sport began working with England Hockey, offering Facility Design, Advice & Supply. The extension of the partnership provides an emphatic endorsement of the quality of service the company provides.

As well as the renewal of the Official Facilities Partnership, England Hockey and Notts Sport are also proud to announce their continuation as Official HockeyFest Partner. With Notts Sport’s help and the uplift in exposure hockey has received following the Olympics campaign, the 2016 HockeyFest initiative was successful in inspiring young and old alike to pick up a stick. Notts Sport has supported this fantastic nationwide event, which runs annually, to grow participation levels at hockey clubs around the country. In the extended partnership, the company will carry on working alongside England Hockey to encourage people to give the sport a try whilst enhancing the relationship between clubs and their communities.

Not only will Notts Sport continue with both these partnerships, the company has also announced that it is extending its investment within hockey. From the 2017, Notts Sport is proud to become Title Partner of the Schools Championships for Boys and the England Hockey Schools Conference. This will help to extend the reach of hockey even further giving more opportunities for children to play and be involved in hockey.

England Hockey Commercial Director Jon Cockcroft says: “We are delighted to have extended our partnership with Notts Sport through to 2021.  The market-leading work they undertake with our clubs and schools is critical to the facility provision for hockey and the support they provide our initiatives, such as HockeyFest, enhances the experience for existing and new players alike.  We look forward to working with Duncan and his team as hockey continues to make positive strides on and off the pitch.”

Notts Sport Managing Director Duncan Bennett says: “We care passionately about hockey and our partnership with England Hockey goes far beyond a pitch. We are equally as proud of HockeyFest and our involvement in supporting hockey as a sport, as we are the ongoing delivery of high-quality hockey pitches throughout England.

“We are extremely proud of the continued success of our relationship with England Hockey since we began in 2012 and look forward to an exciting period for the sport, building from the success of Rio 2016 with ambitious plans for the future development of the game.”

 
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NEW JOB OPPORTUNITY AT NOTTS SPORT!

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Job Description – Operations Manager

The Department is responsible for all operational and logistical activities, from production and stock availability through to quality and delivery, both domestically and overseas.

By identifying and implementing processes for improved efficiency the vision is to achieve a seamless supply service that exceeds the expectations of our customers and advances Notts Sport’s reputation in the marketplace, thus hugely contributing towards the achievement of company goals.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Strategic planning and controlling change
  • Analysing & presenting findings
  • Quality control
  • Raising quality and best practice expectations
  • Managing in-house systems and ensuring that they are fit for purpose
  • Researching new technologies and alternative methods of efficiency
  • Setting and reviewing budgets and managing cost
  • Overseeing inventory and distribution
  • Leading, developing and appraising team
  • Building positive relationships with suppliers, clients & team members

Key Skills:

  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Self-motivation, determination and initiative
  • Negotiation and persuasive skills
  • Decision making and delegation
  • Customer care/service ability
  • Proactive, problem solving approach
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Excellent telephone manner
  • Organisational & time management
  • Ability to work under pressure and to deadlines
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team
  • Numeracy
  • Good computer (Sage, MS Office, Outlook) and keyboard skills
  • Good business sense and a professional manner
  • Able to develop an in-depth, technical knowledge about our products and markets

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

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HOCKEY WALES BEGIN PARTNERSHIP WITH NOTTS SPORT AS OFFICIAL FACILITIES PARTNER

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Leading synthetic surfacing supplier Notts Sport have taken their support for grassroots hockey to a whole new level, after being chosen as Hockey Wales’ Official Facilities Partner.

The new partnership will see Notts Sport work closely with Hockey Wales to ensure that clubs, schools and local authorities can deliver the best facilities to help grow the game in communities throughout Wales.

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The announcement comes two years after Notts Sport became Official Partner to England Hockey, and is the latest step towards ensuring a strong foundation for the sport across the whole of Great Britain.

Since Team GB’s Olympic gold medal win in Rio 2016, hockey participation levels have risen dramatically, with record numbers taking up the sport and joining clubs across the UK. Notts Sport are committed to ensure that as the sport grows and improves, so too do the standard of facilities available, to guarantee that players of all abilities are able to benefit from the use of a good quality hockey pitch.

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Notts Sport have recently completed a number of high quality hockey facilities in Wales, including at Stanwell School, where Penarth Hockey Club are now able to train. Membership across this club has almost doubled in size since its completion, with the men’s and ladies’ teams demonstrating an improvement in collaborative working, sharing umpires and coaches and providing coaching to schools in the community.

This alliance will see the important continued development of specialised sand filled, sand dressed and water based hockey pitches of an international standard in Wales, necessary to further the success of players and teams in the region.


Notts Sport’s Managing Director Duncan Bennett says:

“We are excited by the opportunity to work in partnership with Hockey Wales, establishing us as the leading hockey provider in the UK.

As a company we have a strong history of delivering hockey pitches throughout Wales since the late 1980s with over 50 Notts Sport pitches completed since that time.

This heritage, coupled with our knowledge and expertise of hockey facilities, means we believe it is a perfect opportunity to partner with Hockey Wales and help their team achieve their facility strategy over the coming years.”

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David Phenis, Chief Executive to Hockey Wales adds:

“We are delighted to have Notts Sport on side in our continued efforts to ensure more quality playing surfaces in Wales.

The effects of their work with Penarth Hockey Club at Stanwell School are already being felt across the region and the prospect of further collaborations, such as this, is very exciting.

The expertise available through this new partnership will be invaluable over the coming years, and I believe will help us realise our vision of thriving hockey communities across Wales.”


The leading sports surfacing brand are looking forward to offering their expertise in both new build hockey pitches and facility refurbishments to clubs, schools and local authorities throughout Wales, at the requisition of the governing body.

Further information about Notts Sport’s range of pitches and systems for hockey is available at www.nottssport.com.

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[Action photos by SmifSports Photography]

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Join the team…

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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.

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Put some life back into your old sports facility…

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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

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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.

View ShockWave in action.

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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 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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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.

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 http://www.nottssport.co.uk/fast-track-funding.html. Further information is available by emailing markw@nottssport.com or calling 01455 883730.

 

 

 

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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:

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New hockey facility at Ratcliffe College, Leicestershire

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ShockWave tiles installed at Dedworth Middle School, Windsor

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HockeyFest at Langley Park Girl’s School, Beckenham

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New practice nets at Newtown Linford Cricket Club, Leicestershire

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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…

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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

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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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