21st November 2018
Quinn Estates has officially launched the first phase of the Herne Bay Sports Hub, with an all-day family event. The opening of the first-class hockey pitches provides a long-awaited new home for the Herne Bay Hockey Club after years without a permanent ground.
The launch was attended by Mark Quinn, CEO of Quinn Estates; Sir Roger Gale, MP for North Thanet; Cllr Mark Dance, Cabinet Member for Economic Development at Kent County Council; along with representatives from the local hockey, rugby, football and cricket clubs.
The new pitches at the Sports Hub will provide a new permanent home for the Herne Bay Hockey Club following 15 years of playing at the Herne Bay High School, sharing the pavilion with the Herne Bay tennis club, since their pitch fell into disrepair almost two decades ago.
The first phase offers two state-of-the-art SISTurf Hockey Elite 3G pitches, which is widely regarded as the best artificial turf in the world – used in six of the 12 stadiums where the 2018 World Football Cup took place in Russia.
Mark Quinn said: “It’s been a fantastic day bringing together people from all across the county in celebrating the launch of the first phase of this hugely important sporting facility in Herne Bay. Quinn Estates has a strong track record for delivering exactly what we say we will. That’s why we’re delighted to see the hockey pitches brought to life with a friendly tournament today.
“It’s great that we’re in a position where we’ve been able to offer the Herne Bay Hockey Club a brand-new home, after they’ve been so long without a permanent base. We hope these new facilities encourages them to go from strength to strength in their new home.
“Both the high quality and durability of SISTurf enables extended, multi-purpose use that not only meets the needs of the clubs, but also the wider communities. This first phase will provide world class facilities for years to come while, at the same time, maintaining the club’s reputation as a strong contender in Kent.
“We are extremely proud of the Herne Bay Sports Hub project and look forward to showcasing and delivering the next phase.”
Sir Roger Gale said: “This is truly a great facility and, when the whole Herne Bay Sport Hub is complete, is going to turn Herne Bay into a go-to destination. A true asset for everyone in the town, but especially young people – I am truly delighted to see the first phase launch.”
Cllr Mark Dance said: “In my role as Cabinet Member for Economic Development and local county councillor, this development shows that whilst government are driving for more housing, we must have facilities such as this to build communities where people are proud to live. I’m very happy to be at the opening of the Herne Bay Sports Hub today and wish the community all the best.”
Clive Cripps, President of the Herne Bay Hockey Club, said: “Thanks to Quinn Estates, we are now the proud users of an excellent facility that we know will add massively to our player’s experience and will provide a world-class environment for them and the local community well into the future.
“This will provide the drive for future growth and is a great opportunity for the next generation of local sports men and women.”
The next phase of the Herne Bay Sports Hub will see work starting on the cricket pitch in Feb/March 2019. Subsequent phases will provide new tennis facilities, including courts and a clubhouse.