On the ball in the city

It is through our previous work with Sarah Treanor and her own businesses that we have the pleasure of advising the Vice President and her management team at Leicester Hockey Club to move one of the most successful women's hockey clubs in England back to the City of Leicester; Sarah's brainchild and six years in the planning!

The recently re-branded ‘Leicester City Hockey Club’ has taken on a 25-year lease at St Margaret’s Pastures where ambitious plans are being executed to grow the grass roots game whilst upgrading the facilities to include a new high-end water-based pitch, an extension to the pavilion and investment in changing facilities, lighting, security and maintenance.

The sports centre and existing football pitches will continue to be available to the clubs and groups who currently use them but the investment and upgrade comes at a significant cost totaling £1.1M.

Sarah commented “Our campaign team is working hard to secure funds from our strategic partners and grant applications have been made to National Hockey Foundation, Sport England, Samworth Brothers and other grant making bodies in Leicestershire to add to £350,000 of Section 106 funding earmarked by Leicester City Council.

“Look out for our 12-week ‘Switch the Pitch’ campaign to switch 1000 squares of the old pitch to 1000 of the new pitch! We’ll be targeting local businesses for this local community fundraising campaign and hope to raise in excess of £25,000 via the crowd funding site Spacehive.

Phil Bott and his team at MJR have been key in guiding us through the complexities of VAT surrounding land rental and will continue to provide us with strategic business advice whilst also working on our annual accounts and payroll. It’s an exciting time ahead with much to do but we’re comforted knowing that we can call upon their expertise”.

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