£40,000 needed for a new hockey pitch

Horncastle hockey action EMN-151126-153650001
Horncastle hockey action EMN-151126-153650001

Horncastle Hockey Club is asking the local community to ‘pitch in’ and back plans for a desperately needed new all-weather playing surface.

The club is looking to raise £40,000 towards the project.

Grants have been secured from Sport England and East Lindsey District Council.

Together with the club’s own contribution - and the support of Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School and Banovallum School - around £110,000 has already been secured.

That means the club - and the Horncastle Playing Fields Management company - is looking to raise the remaining £40,000 to ensure the project goes ahead.

Club vice-chairman David Seymour said: “I would like to stress the pitch is not only used for hockey but also for both adult and junior football.

“We also plan, should we be successful with this project, that the facility will be available to all schools in the Horncastle area in order to promote physical activity and participation in team sports.

“That will encourage children to take part in healthy activities and enable them to lead a healthy lifestyle.

“It is our belief that our local sports facilities and clubs play a vital part in doing this.”

Mr Seymour admitted that if the existing pitch is not re-surfaced, it could lead to doubts about the future of the club in the town.

He added: “Due to its poor condition, the pitch will be condemned and this popular and centrally located facility will be lost to the local community.

“This may be our only window of opportunity to complete the project as we currently have the backing of Sport England.

“Their financial support will be lost if we cannot go ahead with the new pitch in the next six months.

“It (the financial support) might not be available again.”

Mr Seymour accepts it will be difficult raising funds in what he describes as ‘challenging financial times’.

He added: “Any help, financial or otherwise, is hugely appreciated.”

The club has launched four different sponsorship/donation packages - bronze, silver, gold and platinum. Prices range from £20 to £500.

The larger amount means sponsors will receive advertising on the club’s website and in the official fixture list handbook. An advertising board will also be located alongside the new pitch for a 12-month period.

Mr Seymour said the club is happy to discuss alternative sponsorship or donation possibilities.

The club runs two men’s teams, a women’s team and boasts a growing junior section with over 30 children.

The men’s first XI were promoted as league champions last season and have high hopes of continued success at all levels.

○Anyone wanting further information about the sponsorship packages should email pitch-in@horncastlehockeyclub.co.uk. Alternatively, contact 01507 524830/07891904283.