Springfield Hockey Club chairman Chris Hills admits he cannot wait to move to Mill Farm after the club became the latest member of the sports and leisure complex.
The club, currently based in Preston, offers teams for men, women, boys and girls with a strong focus on youth development. The move to Mill Farm will provide the club with international standard playing facilities and to mark the move the club will be renamed Fylde Hockey Club.
Chris said: “We are very excitedabout the move to Mill Farm. The new clubhouse and social facilities will enhance morale both on and off the pitch which will ultimately lead to a more successful club.
“We have been looking for a home for a while now as we have been somewhat of a nomadic club, moving from place to place. This gives us a new identity, a new name and it should prove an exciting new start for us. We are proud to be part of the Fylde brand name and we see it as a big step forward.
“All the best hockey clubs in the country have a clubhouse alongside the pitch. Hockey is a very social sport – it isn’t just about playing a game and then going home.
“We are also looking to expand our junior section. As a club we currently go into three schools delivering coaching sessions and hopefully with the help of the AFC Fylde Community Foundation we can build on that.”
The club’s Ladies’ first team currently plays in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Conference North, the second tier of English hockey, while the men play in the Barrington Sports North West Hockey League Division 4N.
Owner of the Mill Farm development, David Haythornthwaite, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Springfields Hockey Club to the Fylde family. The partnership made perfect sense as the club shares our commitment to developing young talent and promoting a sense of community spirit.”
“The all-round improvement in facilities both on and off the pitch will take the club to a new level.
“Fylde hockey will become a very important part of helping us build the Fylde brand and as with the football club we are very ambitious.
“Our aim is for both the ladies and men’s team to play at the very highest level of English hockey. There is no reason why, with the right investment that can’t be achieved and I will be doing everything I can to help the club to progress to the next level.”