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

Introducing: IntriCut

ChildsPlay, IntriCut, MultiSport

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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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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 22 new sports facilities worth in excess of £8.5 million over the past four 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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Woodkirk Academy’s 3G ShockWave pitch built through Fast Track Funding

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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Christ’s College Finchley’s Fast Track Funded pitch

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 32 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: 1st November, Sandy Park Conference Centre, 8am-10am
  • Gloucester: 2nd November, Holiday Inn Gloucester-Cheltenham, 8am-10am
  • Birmingham: 3rd November, Holiday Inn Birmingham M6, Jct. 7 8am-10am
  • Manchester: 8th November, Holiday Inn Warrington, 8am-10am
  • Sheffield: 9th November, Holiday Inn Rotherham-Sheffield, 8am-10am
  • Cambridge: 10th November, Holiday Inn Cambridge-Duxford, 8am-10am
  • Kent: 15th November, Holcombe Hockey Club, Chatham, 8am-10am
  • London: 16th November, RICS, Parliament Square, 2pm-4pm
  • Reading: 17th November, Holiday Inn Reading South, 8am-10am
  • Edinburgh: 22nd November, Holiday Inn Edinburgh, 8am-10am
  • Glasgow: 23rd November, Hampden Park Stadium, 8am-10am
  • Durham: 24th November, Holiday Inn Washington, 8am-10am
  • Cardiff: 29th November, Holiday Inn Cardiff North, 8am-10am

Those attending a seminar will also have a chance to win 20 tickets to the Hockey League Finals Weekend 2017 at Lee Valley Hockey Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London.

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 http://www.nottssport.co.uk/fast-track-funding.html. Further information is available by emailing markw@nottssport.com or calling 01455 883730.

 

 

 

Maddie Hinch Celebrates HockeyFest

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With HockeyFest in full swing in the wake of Team GB’s Olympic gold medal success, we visited the grand opening of the new Bromley & Beckenham HC facility to join in the party. The nation’s new favourite goalie, Maddie Hinch, came along to test out the new pitch, coach the team and give some advice to the club’s young players…

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We spoke to Maddie in the middle of her whirlwind fortnight since returning from Rio, making appearances on The One Show, Sunday Brunch, Radio 2, Sky Sports and The Johnathan Ross Show. Despite her new showbiz calendar, she told the crowd that it was the grass roots, local community events such as HockeyFest that she had been looking forward to most since winning a gold medal:

“To think that we’ve inspired a generation through the Olympic success is massive to us – it’s actually the main thing we want to do more than anything: to inspire the future and get hockey on the map, to get more people picking up sticks is really important, and the medal is just a bonus.” Maddie Hinch

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What is HockeyFest?

HockeyFest is a series of events at hockey clubs all over the country during August and September. These social sports days, hosted by Great Britain Hockey in partnership with Notts Sport, are designed to encourage players of all ages and experiences to get involved, pick up a stick, and join in the hockey community. Everyone from pros to newbies are welcome to try something new and have a bit of fun in friendly atmosphere, with clubs organising BBQs, bake offs, off-pitch challenges, fancy dress and games.

“My favourite thing about HockeyFest is the fact that there’s people here picking up a stick for the very first time. It’s an easy opportunity for people to just come down and experience hockey without having to sign up for anything. You can just literally get down here and enjoy it and there’s a bit of a party atmosphere which makes it all the better!” Maddie Hinch

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How can I get involved?

The easiest way to get involved is to come along to a HockeyFest near you, and give the sport a go for free.

“For hockey newcomers I would just recommend getting down there and make sure you try all the different positions. Don’t just focus on being a defender, goalie or forward, try it all, because you never know what you might suit!” Maddie Hinch

Find out where your nearest event is here, and join in the fun!

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Tour De Prem: Jacko’s Ride

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This month, the Notts Sport team have been busy raising funds and awareness for a number of fantastic charities, including our Official Charity of the Year: Help For Heroes.

Friend of the company, James Nutt took on the challenge of cycling between the UK’s Premiership football clubs in memory of childhood friend and Notts Sport team member, Jack Patrick. This incredible feat took James to 20 stadiums over 7 days, cycling a grand total of 1024 miles, concluding at Leicester’s King Power Stadium to a crowd of friends and supporters, honouring Jack’s club’s unprecedented Premiership win.

So far, the Tour De Prem has raised a staggering £10K for Help For Heroes. If you would like to sponsor James for his amazing achievement you can donate via Just Giving!

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Shane Warne and Ian Botham’s Charity Golf Challenge

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This month, Sir Ian Botham and Shane Warne took part in a charity golf challenge, in which the cricketing greats played 18 holes in 18 different counties.

Notts Sport were pleased to sponsor the 5th hole at Leicestershire Golf Club for the Beefy’s Charity Foundation event, helping to fund specific projects relating to chronic illnesses and other challenges facing young people.

The duo travelled the country in two helicopters, beginning the challenge in County Durham at 6am and finishing at The Belfry shortly after 10pm.

You can watch Sky Sport’s coverage of all 18 holes here.

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Sam Ward counts down to the Olympics

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We spoke to our Hockey Ambassador, Sam Ward, ahead of his first Olympic Games to see how he and Team GB are preparing for their summer in Rio…

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1. Team GB…

Q: What is your favourite memory from previous Olympics?

A: I remember watching 2012 and saying ’I want to be at the next Olympics’. Now it has become true it is the one memory which really sticks in my head.

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2. Career…

Q: If you weren’t an international hockey player, what career would you have chosen?

A: If I could have chosen a career I would have been a cricketer. If I couldn’t be that though I would be a car salesman.

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3. Music…

Q: What music helps you get into zone before a match?

A: Anything with a strong beat/rhythm tends to get me going.

 

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4. Diet & Training…

Q: Does your diet or routine change when building up to a major international tournament?

A: It doesn’t really differ at all throughout the year. We stick to what food helps you to perform at the best of your ability, apart from pre tournaments we maybe focus more on tactical elements.

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5. Tour Life…

Q: Which country did you enjoy touring the most?

A: My favourite place we have been recently is Australia.

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6. Travel Essentials…

Q: What are your top five travel essentials you couldn’t live without?

A:  My hockey stick, trainers, phone, Ipad, and a travel adapter!

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7. Globetrotting…

Q: How do you overcome jetlag when playing in different countries?

A: We have very good support staff who advise when is best to sleep and not to sleep to help recover from it as fast as possible.

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8. Rest…

Q: When touring abroad do you get time soak up the local culture?

A: Not very often as the main thing is to perform as well as we can on the pitch, so rest is the main priotiry in down time.

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9. Climates and Altitudes…

Q: Do different climates and altitudes affect you the way in which you prepare for a match?

A: On game day it does not affect what we do. But for a tournament for example we may do acclimatisation training before we leave in preparation.

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10.  Memory Lane…

Q: What is your earliest sporting memory?

A: I remember scoring for my school hockey team when I was 6!

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11.  Advice…

Q: What would your top tip be to any young and aspiring Hockey player?

A: Never give up, if you believe then you can definitely achieve.

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12. Rio 16…

Q: How does it feel to be chosen as part of the Great Britain Olympic team?

A: I can’t put into words how amazing it feels. It was always a childhood dream. But it’s not about just being selected, it’s about performing and winning a medal.

 

 

Drone Diary

Drone Diary

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The Notts Sport team have been getting to grips with the latest development in photographic technology: The DJI Phantom 3 Drone. We asked our Twitter followers to choose its name, and ‘The Drone Ranger’ won in a landslide victory!

This month The Drone Ranger has been all over the country, photographing  completed facilities at Etone College; Holyrood Academy; Gillingham Anchorians HC; Holcombe HC; Hackney’s Mabley Green Park; and Oundle School. This fantastic bit of kit enables us to take bird’s-eye-view images and videos at a height of 500m, allowing us to capture the entirety of our pitches and playgrounds from the sky for the first time.

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Keep a lookout on social media using the tag #DroneDiary to see where in the UK The Drone Ranger will pop up next.

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Oundle School, Northamptonshire

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