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 Further information is available by emailing 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