A&C make their pitch

HOCKEY

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

AMER­SHAM & Chal­font Hockey Club this week for­mally ap­plied for plan­ning per­mis­sion to build a new pitch and club­house at Amer­sham & Wy­combe Col­lege.

The ap­pli­ca­tion is for one hockey pitch and two prac­tice and warm up ar­eas the size of netball courts, plus a two-storey club­house over­look­ing the pitch.

Longer term, the club will need a sec­ond pitch, but this will only be de­vel­oped if the de­mand is con­firmed and fu­ture fund­ing al­lows.

If the plan is ap­proved at the end of March, work is ex­pected to com­mence in the sum­mer of 2015 and take three to four months.

Club chair­man Peter Rowl­ins said: “We want Amer­sham & Chal­font to be the pre­em­i­nent hockey club for ju­niors and adults in the Chiltern area. We have had a great 25 years at New­land Park, but cir­cum­stances there have changed and the own­ers are un­able to give us long-term se­cure ten­ure.

“As well as of­fer­ing the club a fan­tas­tic long-term home, it means the col­lege, and po­ten­tially other lo­cal schools, will have ac­cess to state-of-the-art sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties.”

To fund the work, club mem­bers have raised more than £300,000, while £650,000 in grants has been se­cured from Sports Eng­land, Eng­land Hockey and the Na­tional Hockey Foun­da­tion.

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