WORK Is now under way on the new state-of-the-art all-weather astro turf pitch and floodlighting at Bromsgrove Cricket, Hockey and Tennis Club.
It comes after more than five years of fund-raising to build the pitch which will benefit the whole Bromsgrove Community.
As well as helping get more young people into sport, the acreation of the synthetic pitch will also mean the town’s hockey club will be able to play its home matches in Bromsgrove, rather than Redditch where it has been based for more than 20 years.
Lorraine Aspland, who led the fund-raising project said building work could go ahead after £600,000 was secured through various funding streams.
“It has taken over five years to get this project to this point and we are extremely pleased that we can now bring Hockey back to Bromsgrove.”
She thanked all of the funding partners, including Sport England, England Hockey, The National Hockey Foundation, Bromsgrove District Council, sponsors Thursfields Solicitors, B&L Fencing, Redrow Construction, Hugh Mason and friends and members of the club for their support.
Libby Joss Chair of Bromsgrove Hockey Club said “It will allow hockey and other sports to sustain, develop and grow within an already established sports environment.
“It will provide a much needed facility available to schools, clubs and colleges in the daytime and evening who currently struggle to find suitable playing surfaces for their sports”.
Kirsty Goldie-Brammer, the national manager for clubs and facilities at England Hockey, added the organisation was delighted to be able to support the club with the new synthetic pitch.
“Bromsgrove are an excellent hockey club with over 300 members including a thriving junior section.
“There has been a tremendous amount of work been put in by key members of the sport club to make this project happen and they should be commended for their hard work and dedication to get this through.
“We truly believe it will encourage more people from all ages and abilities in the local area to pick up a stick and become part of the hockey family and help to create a nation where hockey matters.”
If all goes to plan, the work should be completed by mid-May.
Anyone wanting more information on the project or hiring the pitch should call 07508 693489.