The Abbey School in Reading, with the help of local Planning Consultant Neil Boddington, appointed McArdle Sport Tec to construct a new all-weather hockey pitch.

The start of the construction of the full-size hockey pitch project was celebrated at the school with an earth-turning ceremony. The ceremony was attended by several of the school’s talented sportswomen, including former Sports Captain Lucie Daman who was training at the time with England’s U18 Hockey Squad.

The headmistress, Mrs Stanley, commented: “We are delighted that the work has begun and look forward to seeing the pitch in use during the Autumn term. Sport at The Abbey School continues to go from strength to strength, thanks to the unstinting commitment of our PE staff and dedication from the girls.

“The addition of the all-weather surface will further enhance our facilities and is at the heart of our vision for the future of sport as The Abbey.”

The project began in May and was completed within three months, ready for the start of the new school term. The site works included an extensive cut and fill programme due to the site being on a slope. For the surface, we carefully selected Lano’s Revolution artificial turf which is tested to meet FIH hockey standards. The completed pitch measured 97.4m x 61m and was built to enable pupils to play netball and tennis on the surface in addition to its primary purpose of hockey.

During the construction programme, a local resident handed a letter into our site-office at the school regarding the ongoing all-weather sports pitch construction. Here is an excerpt:
“I would like to say I have been following the work your lads have been carrying out at the Abbey School playing field, and what a transformation!  I have never seen men work like they have, they are fantastic, and should be very proud of them. It will be a great pleasure to see the finished article and I will take great pleasure in seeing the girls make use of the facility.”

“I’ve just been on my first visit to the all-weather pitch – it is fantastic! It has been a superbly professional job from start to finish.”

Mrs Hopper, Marketing Manager, The Abbey School

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