Official Scottish Hockey Partners

Scottish Hockey

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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

England Hockey, MultiSport

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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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Introducing: IntriCut

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WATCH THE ADVENTURE TAKE SHAPE…

IntriCut is a brand new service brought to life by Notts Sport, using innovative surface cutting technology.

With our spectrum of vibrant colours, and with endless scope for creating complex patterns, shapes and designs, IntriCut provides the perfect solution for a number of outcomes, including: imaginative playground surfacing; sports turf logos; unique exhibition spaces and more.

State of the art CAD technology means that both elaborate and simple designs can be accommodated, expertly cut from synthetic surfacing and pieced together to create your bespoke flooring design.

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“One of the most exciting growth areas we are seeing is for bespoke designs and logos to be incorporated into the play and sport facilities we deliver throughout the UK and abroad. IntriCut is already proving that it can provide a world class solution to meet this demand whilst at the same time allowing us to diversify into new markets with new innovative & high quality products.

Indeed, innovation is an integral part of Notts Sport’s company values and Intricut illustrates yet again how we listen to our customers and constantly invest in Research & Development.  This state of the art technology is specifically designed to deliver the requirements of new and existing customers.” Duncan Bennett, Managing Director

“IntriCut will provide endless possibilities for clients to brand their sports facilities as well as allowing play providers the opportunity to create fun-filled play surfacing for their projects.” Shaun Patrick, Notts Sport Chairman.

You can read more about IntriCut here.

 

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All Abilities Park: Thunder Junction

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The new Thunder Junction All Abilities Park in St. George is a dream come true for children of all abilities. It’s an inclusive park where children can play in spite of their physical limitations.

Children with disabilities often cannot play in a standard play area – and can‘t benefit from the incredible social, physical, and emotional benefits that play provides. Notts Sport were proud to help the City of St. George build this fantastic new park and playground. The remarkable play space offers accessible and sensory-rich equipment that enchants and delights children both with and without disabilities.

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The dinosaur themed park features playground equipment that is wheelchair accessible so that all children can enjoy the swings and the slides. Wheelchairs can also board the train which circles the park. Play areas surround a huge volcano as faux-dinosaur skull spills water onto a splash pad.

This universally accessible playground will give all the children in the community the chance to play, to grow, and to learn side-by-side.

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Lawrence Dallaglio opens the new Warden Park 3G Pitch

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Warden Park Academy’s state of the art ShockWave 3G pitch opened recently to crowds of eager children and local sports enthusiasts in West Sussex. The multi-use facility is ideal for both Rugby and Football, as the ShockWave jigsaw-like tiles that form the foundation for 3G grass are designed to absorb impact from high contact sports.

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Legendary England player, Lawrence Dallaglio was there to cut the ribbon and gave a rousing speech about the future of sport to the school.

A sudden downpour of rain came down during the event to really put the ‘All Weather’ pitch into practice, as the kids demonstrated their commitment and continued to train on their new facility.

This pitch is one of many sports pitch projects funded by our unique Fast Track Funding initiative. To find out more visit our website.

NEW JOB OPPORTUNITY AT NOTTS SPORT!

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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 simong@nottssport.com with the title of the email “Job Application – Technical Installation Assistant ”.

England Hockey OFFICIAL PARTNERS

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ENGLAND HOCKEY RENEW AGREEMENT WITH NOTTS SPORT AS OFFICIAL FACILITIES PARTNER UNTIL 2021

Leading synthetic surfacing supplier Notts Sport will continue its ongoing support for hockey by extending its successful relationship with England Hockey as the organisation’s Official Facilities Partner.

The renewed partnership, which will run until 2021, means Notts Sport continue their fantastic work in collaboration with England Hockey, ensuring that clubs, schools and local authorities can deliver the best new and refurbished hockey facilities to help grow the game in communities up and down the country.

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The announcement comes four years after Notts Sport began working with England Hockey, offering Facility Design, Advice & Supply. The extension of the partnership provides an emphatic endorsement of the quality of service the company provides.

As well as the renewal of the Official Facilities Partnership, England Hockey and Notts Sport are also proud to announce their continuation as Official HockeyFest Partner. With Notts Sport’s help and the uplift in exposure hockey has received following the Olympics campaign, the 2016 HockeyFest initiative was successful in inspiring young and old alike to pick up a stick. Notts Sport has supported this fantastic nationwide event, which runs annually, to grow participation levels at hockey clubs around the country. In the extended partnership, the company will carry on working alongside England Hockey to encourage people to give the sport a try whilst enhancing the relationship between clubs and their communities.

Not only will Notts Sport continue with both these partnerships, the company has also announced that it is extending its investment within hockey. From the 2017, Notts Sport is proud to become Title Partner of the Schools Championships for Boys and the England Hockey Schools Conference. This will help to extend the reach of hockey even further giving more opportunities for children to play and be involved in hockey.

England Hockey Commercial Director Jon Cockcroft says: “We are delighted to have extended our partnership with Notts Sport through to 2021.  The market-leading work they undertake with our clubs and schools is critical to the facility provision for hockey and the support they provide our initiatives, such as HockeyFest, enhances the experience for existing and new players alike.  We look forward to working with Duncan and his team as hockey continues to make positive strides on and off the pitch.”

Notts Sport Managing Director Duncan Bennett says: “We care passionately about hockey and our partnership with England Hockey goes far beyond a pitch. We are equally as proud of HockeyFest and our involvement in supporting hockey as a sport, as we are the ongoing delivery of high-quality hockey pitches throughout England.

“We are extremely proud of the continued success of our relationship with England Hockey since we began in 2012 and look forward to an exciting period for the sport, building from the success of Rio 2016 with ambitious plans for the future development of the game.”

 
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NEW JOB OPPORTUNITY AT NOTTS SPORT!

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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 info@nottssport.com with the title of the email “Job Application – Operations Manager ”.

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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Join the team…

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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 zect@nottssport.com and outline your experience and skills that are suited to this position.