Join us FREE at The Academies Show Birmingham 2013!
Date: Wednesday, 27th November 2013
Location: NEC, Birmingham
Free online registration, programme details and travel information: www.academiesshowbirmingham.co.uk
The Academies Show Birmingham, taking place at The NEC in Birmingham on 27th November 2013, is the largest event in the UK dedicated to Academies.
It provides the latest information and practical expert advice to maintained schools considering conversion, schools in the process of conversion, established Academies and aspiring sponsors. It also showcases the latest school products and services, and serves as a meeting point for over 3000 school and education leaders from across the country.
The Academies Show is FREE to attend for anyone working within the education sector and associated organisations including: Head Teachers, Governors, Finance Directors, Bursars, Business Managers, local authority education leaders, education charities and other public, voluntary and not-for-profit sector professionals.
On the day, you will be able to take advantage of:
- A free high-level Conference
- Over 40 hours of focused Seminars featuring interactive discussion, case studies and Q&A sessions with experts
- A comprehensive Exhibition featuring the latest services and products to help schools convert to Academy status, and enable more engaging and effective teaching and learning
FIRST CLASS FACILITIES FOR TOP CHESHIRE HOCKEY CLUB
Added on 21st August
Leading Cheshire based Hockey Club, Deeside Ramblers, have had their first team synthetic turf pitch resurfaced by England Hockey’s Approved Suppliers Notts Sport with a new sand dressed synthetic grass hockey surface that has been described by the Club’s 1st Team Coach and former Pakistan Captain Ghazanfar Ali as being “the best sand dressed surface I have ever played on”.
Notts Sport began working with the Club in 2010 after being invited to complete a free pitch condition report and performance test on the original sand filled pitch that the Club were fully aware would need resurfacing in the coming years.
Notts Sport’s original report offered valuable non-contractor led advice with short, medium and long term recommendations to maximise the remaining life of the 15 year old sand filled surface along with projections of how to resurface the pitch and associated costs when it was deemed to be required.
Following the initial survey, the Club took the recommendations on board maximising the performance of the pitch during that period with further free condition surveys being completed each year until Spring 2012 when the Club started to develop detailed grant applications with Sport England, England Hockey and the National Hockey Foundation.
The service and supporting information Notts Sport provided throughout this 2 year period via the Design & Advisory Service meant that the Club had the most accurate information possible against which they would capitalise on the funding avenues available to them, without incurring front loaded consultancy fees or development costs.
Following the Club’s hard work and dedication to get initial grant aid body support, the resurface project was extended to include the construction of a new fully floodlit and fenced 36m x 28m practice and warm up area adjacent to the new pitch which would be delivered as part of the resurface project to ensure there was sufficient capacity on site to develop the Club’s junior, senior and women’s sections beyond their original expectations.
Howard Green, Chairman of Deeside Ramblers Hockey Club, has been delighted with the support and advice Notts Sport offered the club throughout the 3 year period the project was developed.
“The quality and responsiveness of the people from Notts Sport has been first-class. There was always someone to talk to and address our questions and I believe we established a really good working partnership.
As the scheme developed to include the construction of the new practice area, Notts Sport took on the full design of that area and even managed to specify it in such a way that the original shockpad from the main pitch was recycled onto the practice area which saved us thousands of pounds in the process.”
Through the free Design & Advisory Service, Notts Sport were able to offer the widest possible portfolio of surface and shockpad solutions from their manufacturing partners and suppliers which allowed the Club to investigate the best possible combination of systems to achieve their perfect pitch to meet their hockey development plan ambitions. This meant creating the best sand dressed playing surface in Cheshire.
“The technical expertise offered by the Notts Sport team was also important especially in terms of specification and selection of the new playing surface – we were offered several options and then talked through the decision criteria and so what could have been a bit of a drama became a really simple final decision – when you have the club coach going on an inspection visit to Belfast and he comes back and tells you that the proposed surface is ‘the best sand-dressed pitch he has ever played on’ it helps confirm the rigour of the Notts Sport approach.”
The surface choice, manufactured by Domo Sports Grass, was then coupled with a high quality foam shockpad, manufactured by Trocellen. The shockpad was a key concern for the Club as they were desperate to avoid the “bouncy” pitches that they’d experienced on other new pitches at other Clubs. Again, because of the experience of designing synthetic pitches over 29 years, Notts Sport were able to offer a full design consultancy on the various shockpad options to ensure that Deeside Ramblers got the exact performance they wanted.
Once the pitch & associated practice area was fully specified, it was tendered to 5 independent contractors based around the UK after which Cleveland Land Services Ltd were awarded the contract.
“After meeting Cleveland Land Services as part of the post tender process Notts Sport ran for us, we were completely confident the project would be built to our expectations, in fact it has exceeded them. Notts Sport then completed the full project management service, all at no additional fee, on behalf of the Club so we weren’t simply left to our own devices during the construction. As a result, it was delivered on budget and on time which was fantastic as it met our key funding dates.
We now have the first hockey pitch in England surfaced with the state of the art Domo manufactured sand dressed grass and we are delighted with the performance of the main pitch which of course was also replicated on the new practice area. This new facility will allow the Club to develop the membership and provide us with additional capacity to promote hockey development within Cheshire and we can’t wait for the new season to start!”
Notts Sport Chairman Shaun Patrick believes that many Hockey Clubs could be in the same position as Deeside Ramblers in that “off the shelf” specifications and designs are not always the best option but that the Clubs may not be aware of the alternative options available to them.
“Notts Sport offers all types of surfaces, shockpads & construction designs for our customers and the pitch at Deeside was specifically designed to ensure that the surface was, as far as we believe, the best possible hockey surface available. To then to see it coupled with the specialist shockpad chosen specifically after we had established the Club’s preferred performance criteria means that not only do Deeside Ramblers now have their “perfect pitch” but we believe it is one of the best sand dressed hockey pitches in the UK.
“Notts Sport is committed to offering our customers the widest range of solutions to ensure the best possible design for each individual customer is chosen. This is completed via our unique, free Design & Advisory Service which is a standard part of our service led approach and is provided at no fee to our customers.”
Notts Sport are the only Approved Suppliers to the England Hockey Board and have over 29 years’ experience of delivering high quality synthetic sport and play facilities throughout the UK with a proven track record of delivering a wide range of solutions for customers of all kinds including hockey clubs, independent schools, state schools, local authorities, and universities.
For more information contact Notts Sport on 01455 883730
NEW INSTALLATION AT ALL SAINTS PRIMARY SCHOOL
Added on 2nd July
Notts Sport recently installed a single lane practice area at All Saint’s Primary School, Thurlestone, near Kingsbridge in South Devon.
James Ford, a parent governor at the school, whose son plays in the Devon Under 10 county side, was the driving force behind the project because there were limited outdoor facilities to practice hard ball cricket in the area.
The boys now love playing in the new cricket lane and children come in with their parents at weekends to use it, however, the high quality Notts Sport facility has benefited the school in several other ways. So says Julie Holland, a volunteer sports teacher at All Saint’s. She said “the cricket net has transformed the view of cricket with our younger children in the school. Girls especially have ‘got into cricket’ and this term we put out a year 5 and 6, all girls team in a Kwik Cricket festival for the first time. Not only that, the cricket net has become an extra safe play space next to our field and playground, that we use for other games and activities, such as bowls. It has created a wonderful addition to our whole school sport programme - thank you, Notts Sport.”
ECB CA NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2013
Added on 21st February
Notts Sport was once again delighted to support the 2013 ECB CA National Conference by providing them with 2 indoor roll down mats for demonstrations.
David Gallagher, ECB Memberships Services Manager said “A big thank you to Notts Sport for the loan of the indoor mats for our ECB CA National Conference. The mats were a fantastic addition to the workshops on offer; they looked great and played the part too with a consistent bounce throughout. Well done to all for the continual support it is greatly appreciated.”
Ideal for coaching and recreational matches, it offers an ideal cost-effective solution for both indoor and outdoor training on a solid surface such as a sports hall floor or concrete.
Quality award for Notts Sport Ltd
Added on 22nd November
Following an assessment by an independent body, Notts Sport has been awarded ISO 9001 certification. This certification has only been achieved by about 5% of UK businesses and this prestigious award is supported by the Government and recognised world-wide.
Said a delighted Shaun Patrick “We have always been proud of the service we offer our clients and the way that we conduct our business. Now with the award of ISO 9001 certification, this has been confirmed by outside experts who are used to judging standards on a daily basis in a wide variety of trades and industries”.
John Flynn, who undertook the assessment for QMS International plc, paid particular tribute to “the investment in people and training that enables Notts Sport to provide an efficient service to their customers.”
For further information, please contact:
Notts Sport, 01455 883 730 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We have been shortlisted for the Guardian’s Best Practice Exchange competition!
Added on 10th October 2012
Our story of how Notts Sports hassucceeded in Exporting will be featured in a 500 word enhanced write up and featured across the Guardian’s Small Business Network. Read our shortlisted entry here:
Powerplay pitch saves the day as Cricket marathon record is smashed!
Added on 4th July 2012
A Notts Sport synthetic cricket pitch allowed a group of hardy players to play through a storm of biblical proportions to smash the world record for the longest continuous game of cricket.
Loughborough University Staff Cricket Club organised the event in aid of the Harley Staples Cancer Trust to build a respite care holiday home for children and teenagers with cancer in Leicestershire.
The non-stop match lasting 150 hours and 20 minutes between Sunday 24th and Saturday 30th June was held on Loughborough College’s synthetic pitch, which – thanks to Notts Sport’s Powerplay Instant Cricket System – was transformed into a dedicated cricket venue for the whole week.
Organisers were full of praise for Notts Sport’s system, which meant participants were able to play through atrocious weather on day five of the world record attempt.
This unique system, exclusive to Notts Sport, rolls out in just five minutes, creating a high-quality cricket pitch which caters for spin and seam and offers good grip underfoot. Meanwhile, the porous design of the surface meant that the record attempt could continue, come rain, shine – or even freak hailstorms!
Event organiser Chris Hughes, from the university’s sports science department, said: “I still cannot quite believe we managed to keep playing during the storms on Thursday. Hailstones bigger than golf balls started falling from the sky and so everybody put helmets on and simply kept going!
“The groundstaff were keen to see how the surface performed and they were, like all of us, amazed with how it coped with the extreme conditions. Without it, we wouldn’t have been able to continue playing and we were so impressed that we’re now looking to work with Notts Sport to buy our own bespoke surface.”
The players beat the previous record of 105 hours, which was set by Blunham Cricket Club in Bedfordshire, by 45 hours and 20 minutes. The marathon effort, which is on-course to raise up to £15,000, saw Chris’s team emerge as overall winners, scoring 6,678 runs to the opposition’s 6,642.
Chris decided to combine his passion for cricket with fundraising for the Harley Staples Cancer Trust after visiting a festival organised by the charity last year.
Harley, whose mum Katherine is doing a masters degree in ceramics at Loughborough University, died in 2009 from a rare form of leukaemia.
A host of celebrities visited during the six-day event including Leicestershire cricket captain and England Ashes hero Matthew Hoggard, who is the charity’s patron, former Leicestershire wicketkeeper Paul Nixon, ex-England international Alex Tudor, former New Zealand pace bowler Iain O’Brien, ex-Leicester Tigers and England scrum-half Harry Ellis, plus Stephen Holt and Graham Lambert from Manchester indie band Inspiral Carpets.
Shaun Patrick, Chairman of Notts Sport, says: “We were delighted Loughborough University Staff Cricket Club broke the world record and raised so much money for such a worthwhile cause.
“The Powerplay Instant Cricket System is the perfect solution to turn an artificial turf or rubber crumb pitch into a superb facility for cricket training or recreational matchplay – however long the match lasts, or how poor the weather conditions are!”
Notts Sport, which has 28 years’ experience in the synthetic sports and play surfacing industry, is the world’s leading supplier of non-turf cricket pitch systems for coaching, practice and match play.
The company offers an unrivalled choice of ECB-approved artificial pitches – including the NottsBase D System and Envelope System, which can be designed and installed as matchplay or practice facilities – plus bespoke systems and a range of portable mats for indoor and outdoor use.
A new flexible finance solution from Notts Sport, Fast Track Funding, means schools and local authorities can now receive up-front funding for their chosen facility.
Team GB Hockey star puts Notts Sport designed pitch through its paces!
Added on 14th May 2012
Great Britain hockey star George Pinner took time out from his preparations for the 2012 Olympics to host a special training session for school pupils – on an artificial turf pitch designed by leading synthetic surfacing supplier Notts Sport.
The 25-year-old England and Team GB goalkeeper visited Hartismere School in his native Suffolk to raise the profile of the sport with youngsters ahead of this summer’s London Games.
The school, located in Eye, has recently opened a brand new, state-of-the-art synthetic hockey pitch designed by Notts Sport to meet International Hockey Federation performance standards.
George was delighted to see pupils benefiting from such a fantastic facility, which he believes will help develop the sport in the local area.
“The surface is perfect – to go from grass pitches to this is a massive step forward for the school,” he says.
“It allows the game to be played at a much faster pace and you don’t get the bounce that comes with grass or a rubber crumb surface, which means it’s great for skill.
“While international sides generally play on water-based surfaces, the fact the Notts Sport pitch is sand-dressed means it’s much more economical to run as the school doesn’t have to water it before a game is played.”
George is hoping his appearance at Hartismere School could inspire some of the pupils to go further in the game than they may have thought possible – just like he was during his own school days.
“When I was 11 I met the GB keeper at the time, Simon Mason, who really inspired me and made me realise what could be achieved in the sport,” says the former Ipswich School pupil.
“With facilities like those at Hartismere School, pupils, the wider public and local clubs have a great opportunity to really work on their game – it’s a massive boost for hockey in the area.”
George, who plays for current Men’s English League champions Beeston, in Nottinghamshire, is now keeping his fingers crossed he’ll make the final squad for the London 2012 Games.
He’s one of three players vying for one keeper’s place in the Team GB squad of 16 – with a second place up for grabs in the standby list.
“I’m desperate to be involved in the London Olympics – it’s the dream to play in front of sell-out crowds packed with GB supporters,” George says.
“We’re training full-time and after a little dip we are now picking up good results, and everything is geared towards us peaking come the time of the Games.”
Hartismere School’s new facility is a new build 101.4m x 63m hockey pitch using the new NottsPad XC shockpad with sand-dressed synthetic grass carpet to meet International Hockey Federation performance standards.
The bespoke project, which also includes fencing, floodlighting, storage recesses and full access arrangements, was completed in just 13 weeks – and within six months of the school’s first meeting with Notts Sport.
All Notts Sport customers benefit from expert advice and assistance from the design stage to installation and aftercare, while retaining full control over the characteristics and components that make up their specific facility.
The company, which has over 28 years of experience in the sports and play surfacing sector, also assures full quality control and minimal disruption throughout the installation of its products, through its approved network of trained, qualified distributors.
A new flexible finance solution from Notts Sport, Fast Track Funding, means schools and local authorities can now receive up-front funding for their chosen scheme – so they won’t have to wait for their ideal sports facility and it can generate revenue to start paying for itself straight away.
Notts Sport teams up with England Hockey
Added on 11th June 2012
To celebrate its new approved supplier status with the EHB, Notts Sport has unveiled an innovative solution which allows schools and hockey clubs to work together to provide first-class facilities without the need for upfront funding.
Through Notts Sport's Fast Track Funding initiative, the company will provide up to 100% of the funding for a brand new pitch, which can then be installed straight away.
The school can use the completed facility during weekdays, with the hockey club hiring it for evenings and weekends to provide guaranteed revenue over a set period to fund the repayments.
Notts Sport Chairman Shaun Patrick commented: "With an incredible season of sport set to inspire a whole new generation of athletes, there's never been a greater need to make sure sporting facilities are ready to meet the increased demand.
"Levels of interest in hockey are likely to be higher than ever after the London Olympics, so this scheme couldn't come at a better time.
"For schools whose sports facilities have seen better days, now's the time to take action - and a cost-effective Notts Sport pitch is the ideal choice for hockey, from the grassroots game to the very highest level."
Notts Sport already sponsors the youth hockey development programme in its home county of Leicestershire, and the company's new partnership with the EHB takes its backing of the grassroots game to another level.
Following the completion of each installation, Notts Sport will fund a launch programme of hockey activity, to be delivered by the EHB.
For schools, hockey clubs and sports providers looking to upgrade their hockey facilities, Notts Sport offers the widest range of FIH (International Hockey Federation) compliant pitches and continues to innovate to ensure the very best products for hockey.
Notts Sport's high-quality synthetic turf systems are also suitable for a range of sports and activities, including football, cricket and tennis, with performance characteristics individually designed to suit the specific needs of the facility's users.
Notts Sport synthetic turf comes in a range of 15 vibrant colours, meaning hockey pitches can be designed to match school or club colours, while fencing and other accessories can be included for the complete solution.
Customers receive free advice and support from Notts Sport's Design and Advisory Service, which provides expert guidance every step of the way.
Alex Teasdale, National Manager Clubs and Facilities for the EHB, says: "We're delighted to be working with Notts Sport on this exciting opportunity for schools and clubs to work together for their mutual benefit and we're sure the scheme will prove extremely popular."