Hockey in the Community
The hockey centre and Beeston Hockey Club continued its partnership with Belong Nottingham and hosted a training day on the 26th October. Around 40 adults took part in the session and refreshments were provided in the bar after the hockey session.
England U21 men attended a one-day training camp at the hockey centre in October.
A World Class Players two-day camp took place at October half term and a further two-day camp is being planned for the 20th and 21st December.
The UK Lions boys U13 squad attended a two-day camp in preparation for their trip to Malaga. The group stayed at the Orchard Hotel on campus at the University of Nottingham. Lunches and evening meals for the group were provided at the hockey centre.
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy returned to the hockey centre to host a seminar in the conference room for the first time since the pandemic began. The organisation have been using the hockey centre for many years and its great they have returned after the enforced break.
The Sunday afternoon mixed league has continued to take place. There are ten rounds of fixtures over running throughout the season and five rounds have taken place to date.
Finally, the University of Nottingham hosted a Movember charity mixed 7 a side event on pitch 4 on Sunday 28thNovember. Around 150 players attended the event from the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University.
The Christmas marquee has returned to the hockey centre for the first time since 2019. The site of the marquee has moved this year due to the construction of pitch 5 and 6 in 2020. The marquee is now situated between pitch 6 and the Tennis Centre in one of the overflow car park areas. The Christmas party events are being organised by Best Parties Ever. The first event took place on Friday 3rd December and they will be running nine dates in total with around 700-850 attendees per evening. The theme this year is Winter Wonderland.
Preparations for the men’s and ladies’ over 35 and over 40’s Masters World Cups in August 2022 are well underway. Discussions have been held with NET Tramlink, Visit Nottingham and Castle Rock Brewery about how they can support the event and provide the best experience in Nottingham possible for the visiting nations.
Castle Rock Brewery have confirmed they will provide a 6 metre bar in the drinks tent and are also organising evening socials at the Old Cold Store next to the brewery and the other pubs in their estate for teams to pre book. The pre booked tickets will include drinks, food and live entertainment at the venue. Evening socials for are also being planned at the hockey centre on Saturday 13th and 20th August.
Repairs and improvements
A new water chamber has been installed for the new location of the Christmas party tent. This will supply water to the temporary kitchens, bars and toilets for the events.
Repairs and maintenance were carried out on the sewerage pump chamber in October after a fault with the floats was identified.
Repairs to the irrigation system on pitch 1 were carried out by Paul Graham who replaced the leaking valve on cannon 1. Paul also helped identify and resolve an electrical fault in the pump house which was causing excess electrical usage in the garage.
Repairs to the floodlights on pitch 4 took place in November by the University of Nottingham’s floodlight contractors.
A new floor has been installed on the gantry of the video tower on behind the goal on pitch 1 and repairs to the container roof have also been made to ensure safety when accessing the tower.
The front door to the clubhouse has now been repaired as it was not closing properly and strip of flooring in the front entrance has been replaced after the old flooring had begun to lift and cause a trip hazard.
Finally, upgrades to the dugouts on pitch 2 have begun with the new scoreboard being installed on the roof as well as repairs to the benches and kit bag hooks also underway.
Hockey in the Community