College welcomes new partnership with local hockey club

September 7, 2016

Chichester College’s links with local sports clubs are continuing to grow, with a new partnership arrangement with a successful local hockey club.

The Pavilion bar, at the college’s campus in Westgate Fields, will serve as the clubhouse for Chichester Hockey Club as part of a five year agreement.

The club already use the college pitch for matches and this new agreement will establish the college as the hockey club’s home.

Mark Forder, Sports and Leisure Facilities Manager at Chichester College, said: “We are delighted to welcome Chichester Hockey Club to the college.

“The Pavilion opened earlier this year after being completely refurbished, which enables us to offer excellent, modern facilities to local sports clubs.

“This is the second partnership we have agreed this year, following on from Chichester Runners in April, and I hope we’ll welcome more in the future.”

Shelagh Legrave OBE, Chichester College Principal, added: “The hockey club is one of the city’s most successful sports clubs and we are proud they have chosen to make our Pavilion bar their new home.

“We are committed to placing the college at the heart of our local community, and working with the city’s sports clubs is another step towards achieving that goal.”

The new arrangement was celebrated at the hockey club’s annual open day on Saturday 3 September with a ribbon cutting.

Chichester Hockey Club has more than 300 members and fields more than 14 teams across mens, ladies and junior leagues. Earlier this year, the men’s first team reached the national cup final – although they were beaten 3-0 by Beeston.

Simon Pierce, Chairman of Chichester Hockey Club, said: “We are delighted to extend further our long running relationship with Chichester College.

“This new clubhouse is part of our campaign to modernise the club and allow us to concentrate on our club aims of hockey excellence, youth development and fun.

“We look forward to many happy years here and I would like to thank Shelagh and her sports and leisure facilities team for going out of their way to make us feel welcome.”
The Pavilion is open on weekday evenings. For information about room hire, please contact mark.forder@chichester.ac.uk or call 01243 812936. To find out more about Chichester Hockey Club, visit www.chichester-hockey.co.uk