HISTORY was made over the weekend when the first match was played on the new full-size, floodlit, state-of-the-art artificial pitch at Bromsgrove Cricket, Hockey and tennis Club.
The match at St Godwalds Park on Saturday (March 12) followed a 12-month building programme, more than four years of fund-raising and applying for grants through the ‘Astro for All’ campaign and over two decades of dreaming since the plans were first conceived.
The new pitch means Bromsgrove teams will be able to play their home games in their own town, rather than in Redditch as they did before.
Libby Joss plays for the Bromsgrove Ladies 3rd XI and was one of the first players to try out the new pitch and, despite a 3-0 defeat to top-of-the-table Stourport, she said it was a momentous day.
“It has been a long and slow process with lots of ups and downs along the way, but we have finally got there.
“We couldn’t have done it without the support of our funding partners, the main ones being Sport England, England Hockey, National Hockey Foundation and Bromsgrove Council, but equally our Project Manager Lorraine Aspland has been awesome in her commitment and dedication to see this through to completion.”
As well as the Ladies 3rd XI, the Men’s 5th XI and the badgers also took centre stage with Gareth Bratt scoring the first home-side goal on the new surface.
Bromsgrove Hockey Club Chairman Andy Potter added: “It was great to see so many people come back to the clubhouse, it was buzzing all day and we’ve never had so much side-line support!.
“With the Ladies 1st XI and Mens 4Th XI already securing promotion and Ladies 4th XI top of their table, the future of Hockey in Bromsgrove is looking very positive indeed.”
The club is now planning the official opening for May 6 but the pitch is already available to hire.
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