Long Sutton Hockey Club makes plans to official opening new pitch
Long Sutton Hockey Club are preparing to officially unveil their new carpet pitch which is set to be formally opened next weekend.
An exhibition match between Long Sutton ladies' 1sts and a team from Ipswich Hockey Club will be part of the celebrations taking place on Sunday, March 15.
The special day will start with a training session in the morning for Sutton's junior hockey players, led by Sutton men's 1st team player Josh Baker, followed by an unveiling ceremony for the new £200,000 pitch at noon.
Nick Worth, a director of Long Sutton Community Sports Association and a qualified hockey umpire, said: "It’s a big achievement for a small, local club to get an artificial pitch and we’re all really excited.
“It came to a total cost of around £200,000 but we raised a lot of the money through grants from Sport England and things like that.
“It’s also a bonus for University Academy Long Sutton and we’re hoping they will use it to help us as a club in getting more players.
“We’ve got some great men’s and ladies' teams and a great youth set-up as well.
“The new pitch really does set the standard for the local area and so we would welcome everyone to come along.”