Pitch Replacement Project - Pitch 18
City of Peterborough Hockey Club are delighted to announce that the "Pitch 18" campaign to raise at least £150,000 towards the cost of the new pitch surface replacement has been successful, thanks to the fantastic generosity and support of our members, both past and present, and their families and friends.
We have raised the money in a combination of gifts, loans (of £5k, either interest-bearing or interest-free), and business sponsorship/donations. Adam Drake, Graham Finding, Jane Wilson and Colin Lake have worked extremely hard as part of a small team co-ordinating the contacts across our myriad of members, former members, parents and supporters. This fundraising started at the Presentation Night on 6 May 2017, where money raised from the raffle went in to kick start the fund with a total raised of £809 for the cause, and reached our target at the end of May 2018.
After much discussion, the club has decided to move the start date of the project from July 2018 to April 2019, after the Easter break. This will mitigate several risk factors around delays in the work and the necessary bedding-in period for the new surface, which would have impacted directly on all our teams, and also will remove extra cost needed to hire pitches for training in the pre-season period.
The start date is confirmed for Monday 29th April, to allow the Leaton Cup to take place on the Sunday, and the work is anticipated to run for about 6 weeks with the intention of making sure we are up and running on 28th June for the Beer Festival and the 7s Tournaments which traditionally run on that weekend. Plans are afoot to allow mini hockey to continue during the period where the pitch is not available at Queen Katharine Academy on Sunday mornings; other training sessions will be suspended as the coaches have already advised, and will restart at varying times over the summer as they usually do taking into account the fall off in demand particularly in the junior sections.
Watch out on the club twitter account, facebook pages and the news items for when they will be restarting.
Jane Wilson who is heading up the campaign group recently noted
It's a hugely exciting project for all of us and all our members and supporters have embraced it; we have been overwhelmed by the generosity of members who have been away from the club for many years, and have received many kind comments from those with happy memories of their time at the club.
We'll continue to offer everyone as many ways as we can come up with to get involved; we will be needing a great team to help wtih the fund raising events over the next 5 years and have already received some great ideas from members keen to help.