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Newark Hockey Club excited at prospect of potential £240,000 pitch project at Magnus base

A £240,000 project to develop the surface at one of the town’s most used sports facilities has excited everybody at the club says its chairman.

Newark Hockey Club’s Tim Burch said the potential investment in new, revamped hockey pitches at their Magnus base, off Earp Avenue, could help them on and off the pitch.

“It would be an enormous boost to the club,” he said. “The Magnus has been our home for 20 years and we want to keep it that way.

Tim Burch with Ann Crockett-McLean, Jacky Nullis, Tracy Rimmington and Zara 260120PN3-2 (27731721)
Tim Burch with Ann Crockett-McLean, Jacky Nullis, Tracy Rimmington and Zara 260120PN3-2 (27731721)

“We are the second biggest club in Newark behind the rugby club and, with the new pitches we have the possibility of becoming even bigger and having more teams and players here.”

Newark accommodates eight senior teams and more than 200 junior members, ranging from under-eight to under-18s.

It boasts Team GB women’s hockey 2016 Olympic gold medallist Shona McCallin and Team GB men’s captain Adam Dixon among their alumni.

Tim Burch and Newark Ladies 260120PN3-1 (27731656)
Tim Burch and Newark Ladies 260120PN3-1 (27731656)

The club has also had success this term, with their men’s 1sts and men’s 3rds both chasing their respective MRHA titles

Head coach Paul Halfpenny said Newark and Sherwood District Council’s decision to loan the funds to the Magnus School would help the club continue to thrive.

“The club has been through a lot of upheaval where we lost quite a few players, but we are back to where we were now and running a fourth team again, and still running four ladies teams,” he said.

“The club is in a very good place and as a community-based club, we need a venue as the health and well-being of our of our members is so important.”

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