Facilities Strategy

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Vision - Every hockey club in England to have appropriate and sustainable facilities that provide excellent experiences for players.

Mission - More, better, happier players with access to appropriate and sustainable facilities.
There are three key objectives supporting the facilities strategy to help retain existing players and attract new ones to the game.
1) Protect - To safeguard existing hockey provision.
We currently have around 1000 pitches that are used by hockey clubs, including University teams. We need to retain the current provision where appropriate to ensure that hockey is maintained across the country. 
England Hockey aims to work closely with hockey clubs on their facility partnerships, influencing Playing Pitch Strategies (PPS) and continuing to work with other National Governing Bodies on a local and national level to identify priorities
2) Improve - To improve the existing facilities stock both at grassroots and elite level.
The current facilities stock is ageing and there needs to be strategic investment into refurbishing pitches and ancillary facilities. More support is required for clubs to obtain better agreements with facilities providers and to receive better education about owning and maintaining an pitches
England Hockey aims to provide education around asset owning including when it is appropriate for clubs to asset own as opposed to hire facilities combined with developing stronger partnerships between hockey clubs and pitch providers, recognising that many clubs are the single user of an artificial grass pitch. Improving the administration and business planning with asset owning organisation to ensure there are appropriate finances in place for the replacement of the surface.
In addition, support clubs in the National League to achieve the facilities Elite Operating Standards requirements and working with funding partners to ensure investment into pitches that provide opportunities to deliver our player pathway.
3) Develop - To strategically build new hockey facilities where there is an identified need and ability to deliver and maintain.
Research has identified key areas across the country where there is a lack of suitable hockey provision and there is a need for additional pitches. There is an identified demand for multiple pitch provision in the right places to consolidate hockey and allow clubs to have all of their provision catered for at one site. 
A clear facilities rationale has been developed and implemented through the mapping of sites that identifies where multi pitch provision should be placed. England Hockey aim to work with all stakeholders and key funding partners to strategically build new hockey facilities
For information how we will be achieving these objectives please find the facilities strategy booklet here.