A MANSFIELD hockey club is desperately searching for a new home after the pitch they currently play on is set to be resurfaced with a material not suitable for its competitive games.
Mansfield Hockey Club’s three teams currently play their matches on the astroturf pitch at Brunts School, on The Park, after re-locating back into the town from Papplewick last year to try to attract more young local hockey players.
However, the school is now planning to resurface the pitch with a new ‘rubber-crumb’ surface which hockey association regulations do not permit games to be played on.
This will leave the club homeless and members are trying to find a new local pitch that they can play on.
“We have checked with our governing body and they have said there is no way we can play league hockey on that surface,” said first team captain Roy Greasby (36).
“If there was a pitch in Mansfield that we could play our league hockey on, we could move over the summer and pay our subscriptions.”
The only suitable pitch in the area that the club is aware of is at the Manor Sports Complex at Mansfield Woodhouse, but it is not certain that there would be room to accommodate them there because another club already trains and plays on that facility.
“We want a pitch in Mansfield - this rubber crumb is stopping local clubs from playing hockey in their community,” added Roy.
“It’s just a shame that there’s not a pitch in Mansfield that we can play league hockey on - we will have to go further afield.”
A spokesman for Brunts said its all-weather facilities are used six days a week.
“Due to the increased usage, the school has committed funds to provide a brand new surface that will support all of our community partners’ needs,” he said.
“The new 40mm rubber crumb surface allows top class practise facilities for all sports, including hockey.”
Anyone who can help Mansfield Hockey Club should call Roy on 07766 656218.