Renovation work has begun on the Magnus Church of England Academy’s artificial turf hockey pitch, which will secure the long-term future of Newark Hockey Club at the site.
Newark and Sherwood District Council is providing initial funding to improve the land, which will be reimbursed by Magnus from rental fees under a community use agreement.
As well as upgrading the ground, the council will make further improvements to make it one of the best hockey grounds in the East Midlands.
The old artificial turf surface, installed in 2001, and its underlying shock pad will be replaced, and new LED lighting will be installed on the existing lighting columns.
“We are thrilled to see the field refurbished and thank the school and the board for their positive vision in achieving this goal,” said Arran Coggan, president of Newark Hockey Club.
“Being over 15 years old, the current field can affect the safety of hockey.
“More than 180 players aged five to over 60 play hockey every week throughout the year and a new field will allow us to provide a safe and secure home for all.”
Additional grant funding opportunities are being explored by the board and the Newark Hockey Club to support the cost of replacing existing goals and providing new team shelters.
In addition to council funding the project, he will also take over the operational management of the pitch in agreement with Magnus through his leisure management company Active4Today for 15 years, and usage reservations can be made through his reservation system. existing online.
The refurbishment is one of the council’s initiatives to contribute to its community plan’s goal of improving the health and well-being of residents, with the intention that the improved land will encourage greater participation in sporting and recreational activities within the community – especially Hockey and Football.
Council leader David Lloyd said: “Renovations to the Newark Hockey Club ground in Magnus will see it become one of the best in the East Midlands, attracting players and supporters from across the region.”
Anna Martin, Managing Director of Magnus, said: “We are delighted to have secured a great investment for our academy and our students. Partnering with Newark and Sherwood District Council, Newark Hockey and Active4Today has allowed us to secure an asset for the entire community.
Andy Carolan, Managing Director of Active4Today, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Magnus to ensure the new facility will be well used by Newark’s sports community and contribute to the collective challenge of getting more people more active. . often.”
Work is expected to be completed by the end of July, in time for the start of the new hockey season in September.