Roundhay School

England Hockey, MultiSport

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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Notts Sport: FIH Hockey Academy Partners

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The International Hockey Federation (FIH) is pleased to confirm Notts Sport as an official FIH Hockey Academy Partner, which will see them provide vital investment, educational support and expertise for hockey.

As one of the leading specialists in the design, advice and supply of synthetic surfacing systems for sport, play and leisure, the two-tier partnership will see Notts Sport provide additional funding to support the delivery of various FIH Hockey Academy courses across the world.

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With over 33 years’ experience and heritage in providing high quality artificial turf solutions for hockey, cricket, rugby and football as well as children’s play and multi-use games areas, they are committed to providing effective and innovative design solutions. As such, their experience will be used during FIH Hockey Academy Management courses, where they will provide educational resources and expert advice to attendees.

In addition to this, Notts Sport will also support the implementation of the FIH Quality Programme for Hockey Turf in all activity they undertake in their market, whilst both parties will regularly consult on facilities developments and innovations.

In return, as a Hockey Academy Partner, FIH will actively support Notts Sport through the hockey community, providing them with marketing and networking opportunities that are designed to actively create new business.

The partnership represents a further step for the FIH Hockey Academy who last year signed up their first official partner – Coach Logic, which has already provided a number of benefits to their courses and hockey organisations across the world.

The establishment of the relationship with Notts Sport was built around the Hockey Revolution, FIH’s 10-year strategy. Major initiatives aimed at increasing professionalism across all levels of the sport and securing commercial partners who share the strategy’s vision were key factors in agreeing this relationship.

 

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Speaking about this latest commercial agreement, FIH Director of Sport David Luckes said: “This partnership marks another important step for hockey’s development as we make strides towards professionalising the sport across all levels, from grassroots to the top level.” He continued: “Notts Sport investment in the Academy will allow us to deliver exceptional programmes across the world. Their experience will be of huge benefit to course attendees and our facilities department as we look to further develop the quality and standards of our playing environments as the sport continues to grow.”

Duncan Bennett, Managing Director of Notts Sport, said: “Notts Sport is excited in committing to supporting FIH in the development and promotion of hockey through this fantastic new partnership. We are delighted to become a part of the FIH family and believe that our commitment to innovation and quality in a fast changing and ever evolving sport is be a perfect synergy with the FIH and the Hockey Revolution. As a result we aim to bring the benefits we have demonstrated for a number of years in the UK to hockey at all levels across the world”

The two-year agreement begins immediately, with the FIH Hockey Academy Management course in Ipoh, Malaysia in April, the first opportunity for both parties to work together in an educational environment.

For more information about the FIH Hockey Academy, click here.

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About the International Hockey Federation (FIH)
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) is the world governing body for the sport of hockey, recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Founded in 1924, FIH today has 137 member National Associations. For more information on the Hockey Revolution, visit: fih.ch/inside-fih/our-strategy.

ShockWave Factory Tour

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Notts Sport were welcomed to DS Smith, specialist manufactures of EPP (Expanded Polypropylene) products, for our ShockWave open day.

Guests of Notts Sport learned all about the ShockWave tile manufacturing process, and were able to witness the production timeline from the start -as tiny EPP beads- to the end finished product -a fully formed tile ready to be installed into sports pitches and playgrounds up and down the country.

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ISBA Gold Sponsors

ChildsPlay, England Hockey, Hockey Wales, ISBA, MultiSport, ShockWave
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Oundle School‘s World Class 10 Lane Cricket Practice Facility

Notts Sport are honoured to have been selected as headline sponsors of the ISBA (Independent Schools’ Bursars Association) conference 2017, and wish to offer all delegates a free, no-obligation meeting to support your sport, play or cricket project.

As Official Facilities Partner to England Hockey, Hockey Wales and Scottish Hockey we are the leading brand in Hockey pitches; and with four ECB approved Cricket systems, we have been established as the leading non-turf specialists for over 33 years. We also provide a range of unique playground systems hugely popular with schools around the world.

Indeed, since 1984, Notts Sport have been at the forefront of innovation in the synthetic sports turf industry, to improve quality standards, and to ensure the development of sport and play opportunities for all.

As the industry’s leading synthetic surfacing specialists, we have built an impressive portfolio of world-class projects in locations such as Lord’s Cricket Ground and New York’s iconic Central Park, as well as at numerous leading independent schools throughout the UK and Europe.

Our latest development in synthetic turf pitch system technology, ShockWave, is already revolutionising artificial football and rugby pitch construction due to its unrivalled safety for rugby, key sporting performance characteristics and sustainable design features.

To celebrate this exciting headline sponsorship, we would like to offer every delegate the opportunity for a free consultation meeting with one of our team of experts to discuss your Sport, Play or Cricket project. These no obligation site meetings are available at your convenience, to discuss your specific project needs and requirements.

To book your meeting please contact Will Wade on 01455 883 761, or alternatively email willw@nottssport.com.

Notts Sport are delighted to return for a third time as headline sponsors and look forward to meeting the delegates in Manchester this May. To see more of Notts Sport’s recently completed projects you can view our interactive portfolio online.

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Ratcliffe College‘s Professional Standard Hockey Pitch

#CPMyPlayground Competition

ChildsPlay, IntriCut

We are delighted to launch our fantastic ChildsPlay competition for schools in the UK!

We are inviting pupils to use their imagination to draw a picture for our designers to interpret into a real life play mat. The subject could be anything, from your school building to an outer space adventure! For inspiration see our latest playground installation which was inspired by one child’s painting.

If you are looking to develop or upgrade your playground this is an excellent opportunity to produce a bespoke play space; or alternatively a unique branded entry area or portable play carpet suitable for indoor and outdoor activities.

The winning school will receive a 2m x 2m artificial turf mat, cut out in to the design of the chosen child’s drawing ready to be installed in the format or location that you choose.

To enter download the entry form and either post your submissions to: Notts Sport Ltd, Innovation House, Magna Park, Lutterworth, Leicestershire, LE17 4XH or email to kirstyb@nottssport.com. The closing date for submissions is March 31st.

We’d also love to see your designs on social media, so tweet a photo of your entries using @NS_ChildsPlay and #CPMyPlayground, and we will share the best designs!

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Pitch Resurface Timeline: St Edwards College

MultiSport

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Notts Sport are the synthetic sports turf industry’s resurface specialists, providing complete design consultation and advice from start to finish. Our experienced multi-sport team are experts in resurfacing old, worn-out sport facilities, with 21 synthetic pitch resurfaces completed in the last 2 years.

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St Edwards College in Liverpool is a prime example of a resurface project that took just 7 weeks to complete, once Fast Track Funding was secured. John Bennett, Head of Multi-Sports at Notts Sport, was on board to offer project management; design and maintenance advice throughout:

“We worked with John Bennett who was great: Really helpful, reliable and saw the project through from start to finish. He told us about Fast Track Funding, and within a couple of weeks it was all set up and we were ready to go, so it happened really really quickly: very simple.”

“Fast Track Funding enabled us to be able to fund this and pay it back over a number of years, so it was a great benefit for us.” Karen Vitalis, Chief Financial Officer, St Edwards College.

The timeline above shows how quickly the project developed after the initial pitch condition survey.

Read more about Notts Sport’s Fast Track Funding initiative on our website: http://www.nottssport.co.uk/fast-track-funding.html

Read more about our unique Design & Advisory service: http://www.nottssport.co.uk/sport-design-advisory.html

 

How one child’s painting became the inspiration for a new community playground…

ChildsPlay, IntriCut

 

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The Lincoln Avenue Knightswood community-funded playground in Glasgow is an inspirational project that demonstrates how imagination can shape the future of play.

This creative space in the built-up residential location of inner-city Glasgow is a project that started life as a colourful painting by a young competition winner at a local primary school.

 

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Notts Sport‘s CAD department worked to develop a design based on an artist’s impression of the original painting, creating a fun depiction of the world with oversized houses, clouds and trees.

The design was then intricately cut out of synthetic ChildsPlay surfacing and installed in the centre of the play area, surrounded by ‘zones’ of bright coloured carpet to encourage imaginative play. The eye catching space is unusual because it doesn’t use traditional play equipment to fill the space. Instead, children are allowed to make up their own games and develop play freely in a sensory environment.

 

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With the launch of IntriCut, Notts Sport’s innovative in-house cutting service, creatively cut play spaces like this are being installed up and down the country. IntriCut’s specialist CAD technology enables the Notts Sport ChildsPlay team to work with clients to realise their creative visions, creating dynamic patterns, elaborate shapes and illustrations that prevent the need for other equipment or expensive structures.

Read more about how IntriCut is changing the face of the UK’s playgrounds: http://intri-cut.co.uk/

 

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Notts Sport build relationships across UK Hockey

England Hockey, Hockey Wales, MultiSport, Scottish Hockey

We are proud to announce Notts Sport’s new official partnerships with all 3 GB governing bodies: England Hockey, Hockey Wales and Scottish Hockey.  These relationships will help to cement the company’s position as the leader in the design and supply of Hockey Facilities, and will ensure that Notts Sport continue in their commitment to growing the sport’s participation levels across the UK.

“Notts Sport are committed to promoting Hockey and have an unrivalled track record of delivering high quality facilities as illustrated by our ongoing success in the hockey market throughout the UK.  Indeed, we have a vision of becoming the number one brand for Hockey in the UK, and our partnerships with England Hockey, Hockey Wales and Scottish Hockey will help us meet that challenge as we grow over the coming years.”

Duncan Bennett, Managing Director, Notts Sport.

 

Read more about Hockey facilities on our website: http://www.nottssport.co.uk/hockey.html

 

 

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