Club’s new home is tak­ing shape af­ter two-year de­lay

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - by Tim Street tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @Street­boyTim

AN EX­CITED Amer­sham & Chal­font Hockey Club hope to be play­ing matches at their new home within a fort­night.

Two years ago the club an­nounced plans for a new pitch and club­house at Amer­sham & Wy­combe Col­lege but they were be­set by de­lays af­ter Chiltern District Coun­cil re­fused plan­ning per­mis­sion.

Ex­iled to Rick­mansworth, the club even­tu­ally got the de­ci­sion over­turned on ap­peal and, af­ter some im­pres­sive fundrais­ing, the new fa­cil­ity is all but ready, ac­cord­ing to chair­man Peter Rowl­ins.

“The pitch has been ready for about a month now, but we have to make sure the site is safe as well,” said Mr Rowl­ins. “We are pretty much there now and hope to be play­ing our first games there in the next few weeks.

“The club­house should be ready by then too. We are ex­pect­ing the chang­ing rooms to be ready by next week, and the rest of the build­ing shouldn’t be far be­hind.

“It’s been a long jour­ney, and pa­tience has cer­tainly been the or­der of the day!”

While the club will be keep­ing their move low pro­file for now, they are plan­ning an of­fi­cial open­ing cer­e­mony at the end of the sea­son, which they are hop­ing GB Olympic gold medal win­ners Mad­die Hinch and Han­nah Ma­cleod will at­tend.

In the mean­time, the new fa­cil­i­ties will not be ready for the ladies first team’s re­turn to ac­tion on Satur­day, and they will in­stead play Ox­ford Ladies 3s at the Royal Ma­sonic School. But the club an­tic­i­pate their new home be­ing ready to host a dou­ble­header the fol­low­ing week­end, when the ladies play South Berk­shire, fol­lowed by the men’s firsts mak­ing their re­turn from the win­ter break, against Tring.

A taste of what is to come has been pro­vided by Amer­sham & Wy­combe Col­lege stu­dent Robert

Sh a w, who used a drone to take an aerial shot of the new pitch just be­fore Christ­mas. Else­where, Satur­day sees Ger­rards Cross Ladies and South Bucks Ladies re­turn to ac­tion with an away game at Ox­ford Hawks Ladies 4s and a home game against Son­ning Veter­ans, re­spec­tively. Ger­rards Cross men shake off their win­ter slum­ber at South Berk­shire 3s on Satur­day week, as do South Bucks men, at home to Leighton Buz­zard 2s.


Home at last! The new hockey pitch at Amer­sham & Wy­combe Col­lege.

Ex­cited: Amer­sham & Chal­font’s Doug McA­teer is ready to play at the club’s new base

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