Hockey bullied off for 3G pitches

Hockey bullied off for 3G pitches


Hockey is the loser in plans for new 3G pitches at Worthing Leisure Centre being considered at next week’s Adur & Worthing  Joint Strategic Committee.

The committee is asked to approve the replacement of the current astro turf football and hockey pitches  as phase one of a refurbishment plan for Worthing Leisure Centre.

The current surface has three seven-a-side  pitches or one full pitch and is a water based pitch designed for national standard hockey and everyday five-a-side football.

The proposal is to convert the current area into eight five-a-side 3G pitches with fencing/boarding between each pitch and upgrade the changing area and floodlighting.

Hockey use has declined and the pitch is only used on a Friday evening for training for one hour. The pitch was booked for 16 weekend hockey matches during the 2012-13 season.

A 3G pitch is a ‘third generation’ product with a rubber crumb which is more forgiving for the user and reacts in a more realistic way to grass.

The new surface would not be suitable for Hockey users.

Adur & Worthing Joint Strategic Committee is effectively the two Cabinets of Adur District Council and Worthing Borough Council meeting together.

The Joint Strategic Committee meeting is held in the Gordon Room, Worthing Town Hall on Tuesday September 3rd at 6.30 pm.     The meeting is open to the public.