Notts Sport Has First Monofilament Grass Surface Included In ECB Approved NTP Cricket System

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Notts Sports pioneering new cricket surface NottsGrass Ultra has been recognised by the ECB as a component in the ECB Approved Non-Turf Pitch System.

Incorporating a state of the art texturised monofilament yarn brings huge advances in cricket surfacing technology & catapults cricket surfacing into the 21st Century. Combining the NottsGrass Ultra with proven non-turf cricket systems combines the best of traditional system technology with new surface & fibre advances & sets new parameters for how a cricket surface & system performs.

IMG_8126.JPGCreating consistent performance is at the heart of all our research & development for cricket systems and NottsGrass Ultra has been developed to maintain performance at all times. This ensures that coaches & players are confident that ball to surface interaction will be as consistent as possible resulting in better teaching, coaching and playing experiences.

Independent laboratory test results show that the NottsGrass Ultra fibre maintains critical performance characteristics for longer when compared to previous NottsGrass surface technology. This significant development will provide coaches, players and customers with improved playing performance over a much longer period of time which, in turn, creates more realistic & consistent performance throughout the life of your cricket facility.

By creating this advantage, life costs will also reduce because performance is maximised for longer, meaning resurfacing and remediation works will be required with less frequency maximising your strategic investments in cricket facilities.

Lord’s Cricket Ground & leading Independent Schools have already chosen NottsGrass Ultra for their cricket facilities, with many more schools and clubs contacting the Notts Sport cricket design specialists to discuss how Notts Sport can provide their club or school with state of the art cricket technology.

To learn more about the revolutionary NottsGrass Ultra surface visit www.nottssport.com or contact Notts Sport at 01455 883730 or info@nottssport.com.

 

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JOB VACANY – PROJECT MANAGER

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Project Manager – Sports

Due to continued growth England & GB Hockey Official Facilities Partner, Notts Sport is looking to recruit a Project Manager to join its successful synthetic turf pitch department.

As a Multi Sport Department Project Manager you will be working closely with a wide variety of customers at any given time including local authorities, education departments, schools, architects, facility managers, sports pitch contractors and main contractors.

The Project Manager role will involve managing & delivering large scale, high profile sports pitch projects won by our Business Development Managers and wider sales teams, taking commissioned projects to completion via the unique Notts Sport turnkey Design & Advisory Service.  This service led approach encompasses all aspects of the design, development, specification and delivery of synthetic turf pitch projects for customers throughout the UK with you on hand offering expert advice and support at every stage of project delivery, supporting sales activities where appropriate.

You will be office based and out on the road with responsibilities to link the contractor, customer and Notts Sport at all times.  With strong interpersonal & communication skills, you will provide services and solutions ranging from specification, tendering, contract administration, CDM Co-Ordination & liaising with the project delivery team to ensure all Key Stage Inspections are completed at the appropriate time, taking responsibility for all stages right through to handover.

You must be a friendly and professional person, trusted by clients and your colleagues, and driven to succeed. Technical knowledge of sports pitches will be required along with high levels of communication skills as is the ability to deal with people at all levels and 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.

Technical experience and a proven track record of project management within the synthetic sports pitch sector is essential.

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;

Salary information on request

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 duncanb@nottssport.com with the title of the email “Job Application – UK Project Manager (Sports).

Notts Sport are an Equal Opportunities Employer & accredited Investors in People organisation at the Silver level.

Notts Sport was formed in 1984 and in the past 33 years we have become recognised as one of the leading specialists in the design, development and delivery of artificial grass surfaced cricket, sport and playground facilities in the UK and around the world.  It is important to note we are not contractors or manufacturers of synthetic grass, instead we offer full, turnkey expert design & project management services to customers looking to develop synthetic sport and play facilities and offer market leading solutions in doing so.

We are very proud of our heritage and reputation for delivering high quality facilities across a wide range of market sectors which is now reflected with the various partnerships with National Governing Bodies in the UK including being the only:

  • Official Facility Partners to England & GB Hockey
  • Official Facility Partners to Hockey Wales
  • Official Facility Partners to Scottish Hockey
  • Academy Partner to FIH
  • Official Partner to ICC Europe
  • One of 5 Code of Practice Suppliers to the England & Wales Cricket Board

Please feel free to look at our company portfolio to illustrate some of the high profile customers and projects we have worked on in the past 12 months:  http://www.nottssport.co.uk/portfolio.html

Job Vacany – UK Business Development Manager

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UK Business Development Manager – Sports

Due to continued growth & department restructuring England & GB Hockey Official Facilities Partner Notts Sport is looking to recruit a UK Business Development Manager to join its successful synthetic turf pitch department.

 As a Multi Sport Business Development Manager you will be working closely with a wide variety of customers at any given time including local authorities, education departments, schools, architects, facility managers, sports pitch contractors and main contractors to obtain commitment from the customer in order for Notts Sport to specify and supply specialist synthetic pitch systems and products for sports pitch projects.

 This role will involve securing commitment from customers for £500,000+ value large scale, high profile sports pitch projects.  You will offer a service led approach to guide customers from initial enquiry through to commitment & ultimately completion via the unique Notts Sport turnkey Design & Advisory Service. 

 This service led approach to our customers encompasses all aspects of the design, development, specification and delivery of synthetic turf pitch projects for customers throughout the UK with you on hand offering expert advice and support at every stage up to specification & tendering.

 You will be office based and out on the road with responsibilities ranging from telephoning prospective clients (to service new and existing customers), arranging appointments & meetings, taking enquiries and conducting the initial sales/technical discussions through all stages right through to commissioning before offering further support to the Project Delivery team by 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 and working closely with our commercial & supply chain partners.

 You must be a friendly and professional person, trusted by clients and your colleagues, and driven to succeed. Technical knowledge of sports pitches will be required along with high levels of communication skills to ensure you are able to work closely with the Project Delivery Team. You will have the ability to deal with people at all levels and build strong, long term customer relationships across a wide variety of customer and supplier sectors with a key focus on Independent Schools. 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.

 Technical sales experience and a proven track record of service led, long term relationship building over a minimum of 2 years will be essential.

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;

 Salary details on request

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 duncanb@nottssport.com with the title of the email “Job Application – Business Development Manager (Sport).

Notts Sport are an Equal Opportunities Employer & accredited Investors in People organisation at the Silver level.

Notts Sport was formed in 1984 and in the past 33 years we have become recognised as one of the leading specialists in the design, development and delivery of artificial grass surfaced cricket, sport and playground facilities in the UK and around the world.  It is important to note we are not contractors or manufacturers of synthetic grass, instead we offer full, turnkey expert design & project management services to customers looking to develop synthetic sport and play facilities and offer market leading solutions in doing so.

 We are very proud of our heritage and reputation for delivering high quality facilities across a wide range of market sectors which is now reflected with the various partnerships with National Governing Bodies in the UK including being the only:

  • Official Facility Partners to England & GB Hockey
  • Official Facility Partners to Hockey Wales
  • Official Facility Partners to Scottish Hockey
  • Academy Partner to FIH
  • Official Partner to ICC Europe
  • One of 5 Code of Practice Suppliers to the England & Wales Cricket Board

Please feel free to look at our company portfolio to illustrate some of the high profile customers and projects we have worked on in the past 12 months:  http://www.nottssport.co.uk/portfolio.html

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.