Suttonians look to secure new astroturf

Suttonians  and Sutton Park School are hoping to embark on a new era in the club’s history as they seek to lay a new astroturf pitch in Sutton Park, replacing their current surface laid in the school in 1998.

To see their dream of playing on a new surface come to fruition, they are among a group of three clubs seeking to apply for a loan from the Leinster Hockey Association’s facilities fund.

The new pitch will provide top class playing facilities for the 200 club members of Suttonians as well as all 400 students in Sutton Park school –with whom the club have secured a 20-year lease – aged between nine and 18.

Total cost of the resurfacing comes to €175,000 and, throughout the 2011/12 season, Suttonians and Sutton Park have been jointly raising cash to this end with a target of €75,000 in sight, raising in excess of €60,000 to date.

The expectation is that they will reach the target following their last two fundraising events of the coming season. These include an ASTRO-nomical night on May 25 in Clontarf Castle which begins with a cocktail reception at 7.30pm followed by a four-course dinner with music later in the evening. Tickets are €80 and can be obtained from Nicole Delaney on grantienic@gmail.com.

And the series of events conclude with a golf classic on June 22 in Howth golf club.

They are among three clubs who are aiming to improve their facilities in the coming year. Fingal applying to the LHA for a new shock pad and carpet at ALSAA while Monkstown are seeking to put in a new water-based pitch in Rathdown.

The Glenageary club are aiming to increase their current club membership from 370 to 670 with the new pitch being a key component. They are seeking a €120,000 from the LHA fund with a further €300,000 coming via a sports grant as they aim to raise the total cost of €800,000.

Clubs in the LHA will be invited to vote on each individual application at the LHA AGM on June 6

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