THE BIG BUILD

Since June 2010, we have been working hard to raise funds to enable the build of our own netball courts in Hinckley. 

With Grant support from Sport England, Sported and Leicestershire & Rutland Sport, and significant fundraising by our members, their families, friends and our supporters, we are delighted to announce that we have achieved our funding target.

Hinckley and Bosworth Council

The local council have been with us in this venture from the start. Graeme Chilvers has given us a great deal of his time and has helped guide us through the funding maze.

Sport England

This was a lottery backed concern. We received money from their Inspired Facilities venture which aims to give clubs the ability to improve their facilities in order to encourage more people to give sport a go.

Sported

This is a UK charity, which aims to leave a lasting legacy from London 2012 by transforming the lives of disadvantaged young people through sport.

Leicestershire Legacy Fund

This fund aim to create a lasting legacy from London 2012 by committing resources to a grants scheme for local club and facility development projects.

Hinckley Carnival Committee

The Committee generously agreed to give us a cash award towards this project.

Club Members

In addition to this the club members have raised a considerable amount of money themselves. The ideas were many and varied and included bag packing, ladies nights, wolf runs clothing drives and many more things. We owe a big thanks to all the members who have helped out along the way as well as all the support we have had from family and friends.

6 August 2013

In support of our aspirations to develop our own home ground, we have now had formal acceptance of our planning application; our new home address will be Leicester Road, Hinckley, Leicestershire LE10 3DR.

We have instructed our designated development partner, Fosse Contractors, to commence work on our new courts.

Work will begin around mid-August with expected completion mid-October.

We are very excited to be bringing netball back home to Hinckley and will continue to provide updates to our members and supporters throughout the development.

Outline Plan of Court Layout

Outline Plan of Court Layout

The Site

The Site

Update: 8th August 2013

Preparation for our new ground has included clearing trees that formed the border of the site and carrying out some weed killing; both of these activities are now complete. Fosse Contractors are due to visit the site again tomorrow to mark out the exact area.

Update: 9th August 2013

The site has been officially marked out by the contractors and work will start on site on Monday 19th August (weather permitting). The Site Manager, Andy, is looking forward to getting on with the work to build the courts.

A view from the side:

The netball posts will be right in front of us in this image. The floodlights in the distance are those belonging to the Hinckley Football Club.

The netball posts will be right in front of us in this image.
The floodlights in the distance are those belonging to the Hinckley Football Club.

A view from the bottom corner:

The bottom corner of the courts will be where the wooden peg is in the foreground. The folliage in the middle will be burnt. All of the tree stumps will be pulled out this week as well as the old floodlights and fencing.


A view from the other bottom corner:

The changing rooms are in the background of this photo. The electric cables have to go from the courts up to the main circuit board in the changing rooms so there is plenty of digging yet to happen.

The changing rooms are in the background of this photo.
The electric cables have to go from the courts up to the main circuit board in the changing rooms so there is plenty of digging yet to happen.

Update: 16th August 2013

Here is a sneak preview of our changing rooms. These have recently been refurbished. Hinckley Ladies will have access to both a home and an away changing room on match days.

 

Outside

Outside

Benches

Benches

Facilities

Facilities

 


Update: 20th August 2013

The giant mound of earth is all the soil removed to level the ground in preparation. It is about 9 foot high!

The giant mound of earth is all the soil removed to level the ground in preparation. It is about 9 foot high!

The ground is now level and ready to receive 400 tonnes of gravel over the next couple of days.

Bonfire night has come early!

Update: 21st August 2013

The gravel has arrived!

The gravel has arrived!

Update: 2nd September 2013

Week 2 

The work continued in the bank holiday week. The second layer of gravel is on and the conduits are all in for the floodlights.

The work continued in the bank holiday week. The second layer of gravel is on and the conduits are all in for the floodlights.

Week 3, Day 1

The edging strips are going in round the courts ready to level the site and then add the tarmac. The floodlights can then go in round the edge, which might be later this week.

The edging strips are going in round the courts ready to level the site and then add the tarmac. The floodlights can then go in round the edge, which might be later this week.

Update 4th September 2013

Week 3, Day 3

The fence posts are up.

The fence posts are up.

Update 5th September 2013

Week 3, Day 4

The posts for the floodlights are up.

The posts for the floodlights are up.

Update 14th September 2013

Week 4

The first layer of tarmac is down and the slots for the netball posts are in.

The first layer of tarmac is down and the slots for the netball posts are in.

 

Update 21st September 2013

Week 5
 

Our builders are working on a Saturday!

Our builders are working on a Saturday!

The final layer of tarmac is down and the fencing is going up today. The lights will go on this week, which will mean that all of the main things are done!

The line painting is dependant on the weather, as is the drying time for them of 2-4 weeks.

We have to have the courts approved by the league but we are optimistic that the first league games will be played on here on the 19th October.

Update 5th October 2013

ALL BUILT!!

Finished

Finished

Complete

 

A New Beginning!

On Saturday 5th October at 5:30pm, members of Hinckley Ladies Netball Club were invited to come see our new ground. The opening of our new home was marked by a traditional glass of fizz and a special cupcake, provided by the super talented Mrs Laura Benz – Thank you so much Laura.

Soft Launch 4 Soft Launch 3 Soft Launch 2 Soft Launch 1

 

The Grand Opening!

On Saturday 26th October 2013, Hinckley Ladies Netball Club extended an invitation to current and past players, friends, family, netball officials and many more to the grand opening of their new ground. This was a massive milestone in the club’s history and were delighted to see lots of familiar faces.

A special mention and thank you has to go to former captain and player for the England Netball team, Olivia Murphy, who joined us to commemorate the opening of our new facilities.

The event commenced with an opening speech from our chair person, Julia Waite, who shared the vision of the project, the funding that we have received to make this a reality, appreciation for the club members support and thoughts for the future. Olivia also provided some words before officially opening our courts with the traditional ribbon cutting.

Former captain and player for the England Netball team, Olivia Murphy

Former captain and player for the England Netball team, Olivia Murphy

Some of our members

Some of our members

Not even a shooter!

Not even a shooter!