Bringing hockey home - doors open at new Hitchin sporting facility

Hitchin - New building 2019
Saturday 9 February was the start of a new era for Bluehart Hockey Club and Hitchin Cricket Club as they moved into their brand new home.

The Lucas Lane Sports Club is a
 state of the art, two storey and fully accessible clubhouse and was opened to Blueharts members old and new, with a packed agenda of celebrations and exhibition games. 

Following an official ribbon cutting by the development committee, both the women's and men's first teams were in league action on their new all-weather pitch.

The next day saw a showcase involving the whole hockey family, with the juniors enjoying early matches, followed by returning players - including members of the original women's 1st XI - having a taste of walking hockey. 

Hitchin - New Pitch 2019

The clubhouse was completed as part of a major transformation of the sporting facilities at Lucas Lane and also included the installation of an all-weather pitch and improvements to the cricket ground.

Hitchin Town Cricket Ground Limited (HTCG Ltd) funded the development of the grounds using proceeds from the sale of a small strip of land adjacent to Lucas Land to CALA Homes for residential development. 

Though the construction of the new facilities has taken just twelve months, the project itself has been over 20 years in the making. Blueharts have been playing their 'home' games at a local senior school but are looking forward to being at their own venue from now on.

Hitchin - New building Inside 2019

Geoff Edwards, HTCG Ltd Chairman, commented: “We have achieved an incredible milestone in the history of both clubs, as we finally bring to life our long held aspiration of providing first class sporting facilities at Lucas Lane.

"Without this project we faced the very real possibility of having to leave our home. We have now secured the future of the Lucas Lane sports ground and our members and the local community will be able to enjoy the new facilities for many years to come.

"It has been a dream many years in the making to bring hockey back to Lucas Lane, and we are hugely grateful for the efforts of those who have worked tirelessly to make this dream a reality.

"We would like to thank everyone involved for their hard work, dedication and understanding throughout this journey as we have worked to deliver this truly exceptional facility.”

The clubhouse is already being used by a number of local community groups and hopes to welcome many more new faces through the door as the facility gets fully up to speed and functional over the coming weeks and months. 

It's incredible to see a sports ground get the facilities it needs and has worked so hard towards. For more information on what facilities you can get or advice on how to maximize what you have, click here.