New sports pitch open

District Councillor Mark Robson (far right) is pictured with Chris Darling, trustee at the National Hockey Foundation, and Alexandra Teasdale, the National Manager - Clubs and Facilities at England Hockey Ltd.
District Councillor Mark Robson (far right) is pictured with Chris Darling, trustee at the National Hockey Foundation, and Alexandra Teasdale, the National Manager - Clubs and Facilities at England Hockey Ltd.

Thirsk’s new look floodlit pitch has been officially opened.

Members of England Hockey Ltd and the National Hockey Foundation cut the ribbon to celebrate a £144,000 investment on a new surface.

They were joined at the celebration by members of Thirsk Hockey Club and local district councillors who helped make the pitch a reality.

The pitch has joint use between the Thirsk and Sowerby Leisure Centre and the school. It is also home to Thirsk and Northallerton hockey teams and Football Mundial - a 7-a-side National Football League.

The project, made possible through the partnership work of Hambleton District Council and local hockey teams from Thirsk and Northallerton, has seen participation levels rise as existing groups as well as new clubs and organisations use the pitch more often.