Swindon Hockey Club will celebrate its Centenary Year in style by moving to a new home venue and forming a new partnership with The Deanery CE Academy in Wichelstowe.
The partnership agreement with The Deanery CE Academy will see Swindon Hockey Club relocate to the new south Swindon school and in turn expect the deal will further enhance the club’s development of hockey in the town.
As well as boasting a thriving junior and adult section which caters for both men and women, Swindon Hockey Club also provides hockey for new starters, back to hockey, walking hockey and small sided games.
The club’s established and strong junior set-up has also seen numerous players developed and go onto play at the highest National level in England.
Swindon’s new partnership with The Deanery CE Academy is the result of three years of discussions having worked closely with England Hockey to ensure the best facilities possible are provided.
The club’s new home venue is expected to be available this summer and will be formally opened by a special day to kick-start the club’s centenary season.
Chairman of Swindon Hockey Club, Jim Towers, believes the move will give the club a huge boost, saying: “The new facilities available to the club will be a real boost as we enter our 100thyear.
“The close collaboration with England Hockey and The Deanery CE Academy has ensured a great surface to play on. We have worked closely with the Academy and are confident that it is a partnership that will go from strength to strength.
“Not only will we have use of the pitch but also the social space as well, so it will be a real family club atmosphere. We aim to continue to run satellite junior hockey sessions at our current location in North Swindon for the 2019/20 season.”
The Deanery CE Academy is an eight-form entry 11-18 secondary free school being built at Wichelstowe and is due to open in September 2019.
Principal designate Linda Culling welcomed the partnership with Swindon Hockey Club, saying: “I am really delighted to welcome Swindon Hockey Club to The Deanery.
“I played hockey myself in the past and I am looking forward to a great partnership between us. They will bring the same high quality of hockey to The Deanery that we aspire to in all our activities.
“Our students will benefit enormously from the coaching they will provide and by being able to watch and participate at the highest level. This agreement underlines our commitment to being at the centre of our community and I hope it is only the first of many partnerships we will form with local club and groups.”