ENGLAND HOCKEY STAR PUTS NOTTS SPORT DESIGNED PITCH THROUGH ITS PACES AT LOCAL COLLEGE

England Hockey, MultiSport

England & Great Britain hockey star Sam Ward took time out from his preparations for the 2021 Olympics to host a special training session for school pupils – on an artificial turf pitch designed by leading synthetic surfacing supplier Notts Sport.

Sam Ward opening the new facility at Lutterworth College

The recently completed refurbished pitch at Lutterworth College was officially opened by Sam in October this year, giving the students some much-needed excitement and fun in this strange year.

The school recently upgraded their multi-sport pitch to a synthetic hockey pitch designed by Notts Sport to meet International Hockey Federation (FIH) National category field standard.

Sam delighted pupils with a special training session and game and was enthused to see pupils benefiting from such a fantastic facility, which he believes will help develop the sport in the local area. He said “It was amazing to go back to the Midlands to open the pitch at Lutterworth College. It is a fantastic school in which a high class facility like that can really bring the community together getting more people more active. The playing surface supplied by Notts Sport is incredible and hopefully will be used to create some stars of the future.”

Within just eight weeks, the school’s original Notts Sport multi-sport pitch – which had seen 15 years of intensive use – was given a state-of-the-art make-over, creating a top-notch facility for students and community users to enjoy.

Notts Sport channel partner Cleveland Land Services were contractors for the install, lifting and removing the existing carpet and shockpad, cleaning the macadam base before installing a brand new shockpad and sand dressed synthetic grass.

The £251k refurbishment project was carried out during lockdown and the summer holidays, meaning there was minimal disruption to the school.

Laura Kendrick, School Business Leader at Lutterworth College said, “Working with England Hockey’s Official Facility Partners Notts Sport, our old pitch was stripped and then resurfaced with a new shock pad and premium sand dressed surface compliant for multi-sport activities benefiting the whole sports curriculum and the wider community. Notts Sport made the process so easy, taking away the stress and giving us the confidence that we’d get just what we were looking for. A huge success all round!”

Sam Ward’s visit ended with a Q&A with the pupils where they learnt what it is like to be a professional athlete, the amount of training is involved to be one, his inspiration and the details of Sam’s worst injury he had received, the Olympic Qualifiers in 2019, when he was hit with a hockey ball and received 8 fractures to his face and lost his sight in his left eye.

JOIN US FOR OUR 1ST ONLINE FAST TRACK FUNDING SEMINAR!

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Unable to bring our roadshow seminars to you this year in these strange times, we have decided to take them online! Our first seminar highlighting our exciting funding scheme which enables the installation of state-of-the-art community sports facilities, will be avaialable on Zoom on the 26th November 2020 at 1330.

Fast Track Funding – an initiative from leading synthetic surfacing supplier Notts Sport – has funded 35 new sports facilities worth in excess of £15 million over the past 7 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 and easy 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.

This online event will give all viewers 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.

Duncan Bennett, Managing Director of Notts Sport, says:

“Over the past 7 years our free Fast Track Funding Seminars have proven to be an ideal opportunity to learn about how Notts Sport can help deliver and achieve world class sport & play facilities for their communities without any capital contribution required.

“Since 2013 we’ve completed FIFA & World Rugby compliant pitches, FIH compliant Hockey pitches covering the resurfacing of existing pitches, the construction of new pitches and even a major playground development.  These projects have been delivered with funding approvals for a range of customers across Academies, Academy Trusts, Catholic Schools, Independent Schools and Primary Schools.  

The Turnaround on Fast Track Funding projects can be expedited so as an example, in 2018 we took an enquiry from Stantonbury International School on 20th December 2018 and had funding approval, the project tendered and as a result had the School’s condemned artificial grass pitch resurfaced & completed to comply with FIFA Quality standards by the end of March 2019.

Working with our partners such as England Hockey, Notts Sport provide valuable advice for customers to help maximise the external use of the new facility after completion.  This means the pitch can generate income from the outset & immediately start to pay for itself.  This will ensure the whole project delivers on a carefully developed business & financial plan to create a long term sustainable model bespoke for each of our customers’ requirements.”

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. We will be showcasing a number of those recently completed projects including Liverpool College, The Hertfordshire and Essex High School and more; in addition to the 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 36 years of experience in the sports and play surfacing sector, also assures full quality control throughout the installation through its turnkey project management service.

To ‘attend’ our Fast Track Funding Seminars click on the link below:

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 Zoom. Further information is available by emailing markw@nottssport.com or calling 01455 883730.

We’re delighted to announce that Jason Palmer is our new Design & Planning Manager!

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Jason Palmer

Since joining Notts Sport in 2012, Jason has produced CAD designs for countless Play & Sport projects in the UK and abroad, ensuring they comply with industry guidelines and standards. Jason has a keen eye for detail which is reflected in all of his designs whether they be produced to shape a project vision, to support a planning application, or to support a construction tender.

Further to his design responsibilities, Jason develops and manages planning applications for new build and reconstruction developments within the UK. Jason’s good communication skills are key when engaging with local authorities, consultees and clients alike. His willingness to work hard guarantees that key considerations are made pre-application and that all deadlines are met.

Congratulations Jason!

Roundhay School

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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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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

Pitch Resurface Timeline: St Edwards College

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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

 

Notts Sport build relationships across UK Hockey

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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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Official Scottish Hockey Partners

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Scottish Hockey announces Notts Sport as official Facilities Partner

Notts Sport are delighted to announce their new official partnership with Scottish Hockey as official Facilities Partners.

The partnership will be in place for three years as Notts Sport looks to support hockey north of the border in Scotland, replicating the success of similar partnerships with England Hockey & Hockey Wales.

Working in collaboration, Notts Sport and Scottish Hockey aim to grow the game at all levels and support clubs, schools, and local authorities to deliver the best new and refurbished hockey facilities, helping the sport thrive in Scotland.

Notts Sport will become the title partner for the Inter Districts competitions, which will be called the Notts Sport Inter Districts.

Scottish Hockey will also work closely with Notts Sport through HockeyFest which as of 2016 is now run throughout Great Britain. HockeyFest is the social event of the season, offering clubs a fantastic opportunity to promote themselves, show off their current facilities and raise funds for new equipment or projects. HockeyFest, held throughout August and September, is open to everyone and gives clubs the chance to develop unity and excitement and attract new members in the build-up to the season.

David Sweetman, CEO of Scottish Hockey, said: “We’re delighted to work in partnership with Notts Sport to grow hockey in Scotland. With a shared passion for hockey I’m looking forward to a bright future working in collaboration for the benefit of the sport. The expertise available through this partnership will help ensure more quality playing surfaces in Scotland.

Duncan Bennett, Managing Director of Notts Sport said: “Notts Sport are committed to promoting Hockey and have an unrivalled tracking 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 this exciting new partnership with Scottish Hockey will help us meet that challenge as we grow over the coming years. 

With the recent news that there is significant Scottish representation in the new GB Training Squads for Tokyo 2020, and with our shared values and vision for the sport it feels like an ideal fit and time for Notts Sport and Scottish Hockey to work together as facilities partners.”

 

 

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GB Medallist Crista Cullen MBE Opens Kent College’s New Hockey Pitch

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Notts Sport were delighted to welcome Team GB Olympic Gold Medallist Crista Cullen MBE to open the brand new hockey facility at Kent College Pembury in December.

The hockey player led a group coaching session for the girls at the school, offering specialised skills training and guidance before cutting the ribbon to officially open the pitch. The audience of parents, governors, alumni and staff were impressed to hear about the athlete’s journey to Rio, and her thoughts on the importance of a good hockey facility:

“Any school that’s able to have a fantastic Astro Turf in their grounds is brilliant for the school. It’s great to have one here in Kent County, and great that the kids are able to play on it day in day out. That’s what breeds better hockey players. Fundamentally facilities have to be there in order for the kids to be able to replicate what they see on the telly, and if they’re able to have access to it within a school’s grounds it’s all the better. If we’re talking about inspiring people and making sure that people have the ability to be able to play the sport we’ve grown to love over so long we have to be able to have facilities that can replicate that.” Crista Cullen

The sand dressed pitch is the latest addition to an impressive portfolio of state of the art sporting facilities at the renowned girl’s school.

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