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.


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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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.


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.








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


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 and outline your experience and skills that are suited to this position.



UK Sales & Project Development Manager – Sports

Due to continued growth Notts Sport is looking to recruit a UK Sales & Project Development Manager to join its successful synthetic turf pitch department.

The role combines sales performance with project management. Technical experience and a proven track record of either 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 sell the unique Notts Sport Design & Advisory Service.

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 liaison with prospective clients and conducting the initial sales/technical discussions through all stages right through to 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.

You must be a friendly and professional person, trusted by clients and your colleagues, and driven to succeed.  Technical knowledge of synthetic sports pitches will be required along with high levels 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 job which may involve overnight stays in any given working week.

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;

Competitive salary and 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 with the title of the email “Job Application – Multi-Sports Project Development Manager.”

Deadline for applications: 5pm Friday 14th July 2017.



Technical Installation Assistant

Notts Sport Ltd. are the leading specialist in design, advice, and supply of synthetic surfacing systems for sport, play and leisure throughout the UK and overseas.

Due to the continued growth and business development in the UK and overseas Notts Sport are seeking a Technical Installation Assistant to join our enthusiastic team.

The ideal attributes of the successful candidate will be:

  • Technical and practical experience with installing artificial turf and needle-punched carpets for children’s play, cricket and multi-sport areas
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Fully PC literate

Key tasks to be performed by the successful candidate will be:

  • Building a positive working relationship with Notts Sport’s UK distributors and installers
  • Resolving technical, quality and installation issues relating to UK projects
  • Running training courses for new installers of Notts Sport’s products and then provide them with on-going assistance
  • Installing Notts Sport’s products to a high standard
  • Develop a deep technical understanding of Notts Sport’s products so as to suggest new methodologies and ideas for them

The successful candidate should also have a full driving licence, a valid passport and be in a position to stay overnight when needed

To apply or to find out more about the position please send your up to date CV with a covering letter to with the title of the email “Job Application – Technical Installation Assistant ”.



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 with the title of the email “Job Application – Operations Manager ”.



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.


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.”


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

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[Action photos by SmifSports Photography]

Join the team…


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 and outline your experience and skills that are suited to this position.

Put some life back into your old sports facility…


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 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

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.