Wales has another world-class sporting facility after a £170,000 investment in a state-of-the-art international hockey pitch at Cardiff’s National Centre.
The home of Hockey Wales has been upgraded with the latest Greenfield TX pitch – the first of its kind in the UK and the same surface that will be used at next year’s Hockey World Cup in The Hague.
The new pitch has seen the total replacement of the playing surface and the shock pad at the national hockey centre and has been designed to ensure fast hockey play at the highest level.
Malcolm Zaple, Sport Wales National Centre Cardiff Manager said:
“The project is an excellent example of our collaboration with Hockey Wales to ensure that world class facilities are available at the Sport Wales National Centre to support Wales’ aspiration to create a nation of champions.
“Above all, this makes the facility a genuine hockey centre of excellent in all aspects.”
Planning for the project started in 2012 to ensure groundwork could start in July and the surface ready for the start of the domestic season in September.
Hockey Wales CEO Helen Bushell commented:
“The investment in the new surface at the National Hockey Centre is a really exciting development for our game in Wales. The new surface is the first of its type in the UK and will provide our performance athletes with a high quality environment to compete internationally.
“Clubs that use the facility week in week out will notice a significant difference to the quality of the playing surface. Our partnership with Sport Wales has once again proved a very positive one and we thank them and Welsh Government for the support and investment to our sport.”
The next international hockey matches to take place at the venue will be in the early summer of 2014 leading up to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Both the men’s and women’s squads have qualified for the Games.
A full calendar of domestic club hockey for women, men and young people will also start on the new pitch.
The contractors were S&C Slatter Ltd.