2013 saw the replacement of the ageing sand based pitch with a state-of-the-art sand dressed synthetic turf pitch. This will update the pitch to the highest quality, providing a fantastic new playing surface and bringing the facilities up to date. In addition to this, the lights have received a total overhaul, meaning evening matches will be brighter and better lit than ever before! A series of working parties have refurbished the changing rooms and the pitch area.
The pitch was opened by Rt.Hon.Mary Creagh M.P. for Wakefield, alongside representatives from grant bodies which contributed to the funding of the new pitch.
The opening game was a rematch between Horbury and Ossett Academies – following the same game which opened the pitch in 1995.
The current pitch has served the Sports Club well for 18 years (since its construction as shown below in 1995). The refurbishment will bring the facilities up to a standard which will rival any hockey facility in the area.
Pitch Launch Schedule
On completion of the work, there was a celebratory opening weekend, with pitchside DJ throughout, music, entertainment, events and even a bit of hockey!
Saturday saw exhibition games and the official opening, while Sunday had games for all juniors and seniors at the club.