Outdoor Pitch Guidance

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Notts Sport are Official Facilities Partner of England and GB Hockey. For further information on how Notts Sport can help your club or facility please visit their website.

As part of Notts Sport partnership with England Hockey, Notts Sport are happy to offer all affiliated clubs, schools and universities a free pitch condition survey. Should you have any queries whatsoever and to arrange a survey please contact nottssport@englandhockey.co.uk.
Introductory guidance for England Hockey artificial grass pitches
England Hockey have produced a guidance document for use by clubs covering all aspects of construction, surface, maintenance and financial management. Please download the document here.

Pitch dimensions and classifications
Please find some downloadable guidance documents with the dimensions of pitches required for hockey on the side of the page.

Types of surfaces
It is widely accepted that hockey is now predominantly played on synthetic (or artificial) sports turf surfaces.

Pitch owners considering hosting national or high level competition should consider carefully the choice of an approved turf product and the level of pitch certification when planning the facility. In addition to consulting with England Hockey they should seek advice from the FIH, the world governing body for hockey. For more information on the FIH Quality Programme for Hockey Turf please click here.

The decision as to the type of playing surface to be installed has direct implications for the design of the drainage system, the need for irrigation, the nature of the base and sub-base and, in some cases, for the marking of lines.

England Hockey has also created a policy to provide clear guidance on what type of artificial grass pitch surface is acceptable for the different levels of hockey. This policy replaced the England Hockey '3G Policy' that existed from 2009 to 2016. You can find it by clicking here.

For further information please contact the Facilities Team on facilities@englandhockey.co.uk or call 01628 897500.