The club welcomes the formal decision from the City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby to grant Leicester Hockey Club a lease of St Margarets Pastures, bringing the 125 year old hockey club back into the heart of the city.
Formed in 1884 Leicester Ladies is one of the oldest hockey clubs in the country and with an impressive roll call for international players over the years, this opportunity represents a bright future for the National League Club. The club currently is made up of:
- 5 x seniors womens teams
- 1 x mens team with a second mens team planned for next season
- A growing junior section and age group teams
- Academy with school holiday events
The club has planned and agreed a major redevelopment of the hockey facility whilst also retaining the 5 a side football facility which will continue to offer the same services to its users and members. All current football users will be contacted by the club who are keen to assure everyone that they should see minimal disruption and retain their full access to the football pitches for their 5 a side activities. Hockey users will be updated on plans and progress once the new pitch improvement programme gets underway and then able to access the new facility once ready for use.
Plans include a new waterbased hockey pitch of which there are only 2 others in the whole county and refurbishments of the pavilion and changing rooms to enable the club to host opposition teams at a top class hockey facility.
A classroom/training facility is planned for the future and the facility will be accessible for community groups and the public.
Club President Carol Johnson said “this gives a home in the heart of the city and allows us to really engage with people across the city and county. We will be forever grateful to the City Council for their buy in to our vision and aims. A multi-sport venue with increased access will help more people participate in fitness activities”.
Club Vice President Sarah Treanor said “we are so excited for the start of a new journey for the club but also very keen to remind ourselves who has been with us on the way so far, we had a great 10 years at Leicester Grammar School and we would like to make sure they receive our thanks. Our journey with them is far from over and we plan to retain several training sessions and continue our work with them at Great Glen whilst also forming new relationships with schools and community groups in the city”