Get involved: send your pictures, video, news & views by texting st albans to 80360, or email us
New pitches give St Albans Hockey Club a boost
A big step in the history of St Albans Hockey Club was marked on Sunday with the official opening of its new pitches.
The city’s Mayor Annie Brewster cut the ribbon to mark the grand opening of the new pitches at Oaklands College, which are now the home of the city's Hockey Club.
She was joined by 1988 Olympic Gold Medallists Sean Kerly and Martyn Grimley and Hannah Macleod, Olympic bronze medallist at the London Olympics last year and just two weeks ago European silver medallist in Belgium.
All three took part in the celebrations playing for star-studded Select XIs in showpiece matches against St Albans men’s and ladies first teams, who both now play in the England Hockey national league.
Adrian Stephenson, president of the hockey club who welcomed the Mayor with the club’s CEO Phillip Martin said: "This marks a big step in the history of the club which is already well over 100-years-old.
"These new facilities mean that we can now maintain our position as one the biggest club’s in the country and establish St Albans as a centre of excellence for hockey.
"Already our colts numbers have almost doubled since we started Sunday coaching at Oaklands and we look forward to exciting times ahead."
The Mayor of St Albans added: "I am so proud we have the premier hockey club in Hertfordshire here in St Albans and I am delighted that the number of members has risen so dramatically since these spectacular all-weather pitches have been installed at Oaklands.
"I am sure St Albans Hockey Club is well on its way to being one of the top clubs in the UK and I wish them every success."
Comments are closed on this article.