Eastbourne Hockey Club juniors kicked-off their new season with a successful summer camp.
More than 70 young hockey players took to the Beresford Astroturf and received expert coaching and instruction from former British Olympic hockey star Rob Hill who is the director of hockey at Eastbourne College.
The hockey club runs a number of junior sides and training starts on September 7 at 10.15am until 12noon at Beresford pitch on Summerdown Road.
The club provides equipment for all newcomers and all 6-14 year olds are welcome to attend.
Elsewhere at the club, a new pitch is being installed at the Saffrons following the club’s Pitchin Campaign.
The fund raising effort snowballed throughout the year and raised the required money way ahead of schedule.
In total the club raised £260,000 from a number of sources including £50,000 from Sport England. As a result the club were able to start laying the pitch throughout the summer.
With the additional money raised they also plan to upgrade the floodlighting, dugouts and the fencing during the coming months.
An official opening of the new pitch is planned for September.
Club chairman Andy Edwards said, “There is a real buzz about the club at the moment. The way the entire club came together to raise the funds was tremendous. It has brought the whole club closer and we are all very proud of what we have achieved.
“I just want to thank everyone who contributed and helped us reach and surpass our target.
“We will have the some of the best hockey facilities in Sussex which will last for the next 10 to 15 years.
“It has been a tremendous effort and it will certainly help the club move forward.”