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HOCKEY: 'Fantastic start' for Long Sutton's fundraising

True Friends of the Crown v Team Exclusive
True Friends of the Crown v Team Exclusive

Long Sutton have collected more than £28,000 so far in the effort to replace the club's pitch and equipment.

They will continue to host numerous fundraising events over the coming months in an attempt to reach £250,000.

The club have raised £3,000 to add to £25,000 which was saved up.

“It's a fantastic start but we have a lot more hard work ahead of us,” said James Baker.

"We need to get the message across to the people of Long Sutton and surrounding areas that if we don't get help, we could lose this pitch and the club will fold."

Long Sutton's current all-weather pitch is reaching the end of its life span.

Last Saturday a mixed sevens tournament at the Peele Leisure Centre raised £750.

Team Exclusive were the winners.

Wales Commonwealth Games player Julie Whiting made a special guest appearance.

A high-profile match against an XI selected by former England and Great Britain captain and ex-Long Sutton player Glenn Kirkham will take place at the Peele on Saturday, August 18. Tickets are £5, including a meet and greet with Kirkham.

“Glenn is finalising this week what international players he is bringing,” added Baker.

The club are also encouraging the community to “turn the pitch green” by sponsoring a 1m x 1m square of the new turf.

For £50, a square can be individually purchased and subsequently dyed green.

John Kirkham, father of Glenn, has donated £1,000 towards this initiative.

“Whoever buys a square will be permanently remembered at the club,” said Baker.

“We are looking to get a plaque or board with everyone's name on.”

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