ACHIEVE FIRST CLASS SPORT OR PLAY FACILITIES EASILY WITH OUR FREE SEMINARS RUNNING IN NOVEMBER

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St Peters High School, Gloucestershire. Completed facility via Fast Track Funding

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 32 new sports facilities worth in excess of £12 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 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.

To showcase this fantastic initiative, Notts Sport is hosting free Fast Track Funding seminars at venues across England throughout November.

These 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.”

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 St Peter’s RC High School, Monmouth School for Boys 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.

Stuart Crabb, Head of Physical Education at St Peters RC High School said, “Fast Track Funding is simple, all organised by Notts Sport. It is a simple process, super easy to access and well managed by Notts Sport.

“I attended a Fast Track Funding seminar 3 years ago, where we came up with the idea to fund the project through Fast Track Funding, from that point on we worked really closely with Notts Sport and their employees and they dealt with all the design and build and it was super easy for us as a client.”

The company, which has over 34 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:

  • Newcastle: 6th November, DoubleTree Newcastle Int Airport , 8am-10am
  • Bury: 7th November, Village Hotel Club, 8am-10am
  • Sheffield: 8th November, Copthorne Hotel Sheffield, 8am-10am
  • Bristol: 13th November, Holiday Inn Bristol Filton, 8am-10am
  • Birmingham:14th November, Genting Hotel, 8am-10am
  • Cambridgeshire: 15th November, BW Quy Mill Hotel, 8am-10am
  • London: 22nd November, RICS Parliament Square, 2pm-4pm

Those attending a seminar will also have a chance to win 20 tickets to the Super 6’s Weekend 2019.

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/form12/index.html?1534335117359 . Further information is available by emailing markw@nottssport.com or calling 01455 883730.

 

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.

 

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.

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.

HOCKEY WALES BEGIN PARTNERSHIP WITH NOTTS SPORT AS OFFICIAL FACILITIES PARTNER

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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.

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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.”

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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 www.nottssport.com.

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[Action photos by SmifSports Photography]

Put some life back into your old sports facility…

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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 markw@nottssport.com 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 https://fs6.formsite.com/NottsSport1/form6/index.html

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.