Newmarket Town FC
Innovative new facility for Jockeys
The close season of 2016 saw a UK first for Newmarket Town FC and Velocity Sports as the Eastern Counties Premier Division upgraded their facility at Cricket Field Road.
The Jockeys installed innovative new flat glass LED floodlighting, designed to offer considerable running cost savings, whilst also providing exceptional performance and backed by an extensive warranty.
The changing rooms, pitch and site perimeter fencing were also upgraded as the Suffolk based setup completed a major overhaul, however the coup de grace was the new artificial 3G pitch.
Instead of filling the pitch with the standard SBR (recycled and granulated car tyres) Newmarket opted to become the first club in the UK to have a FIFA certified facility utilising cork infill.
Newmarket's cork infill pitch
Cork provides many benefits, both environmental and performance related as well as providing a unique aesthetic which comes extremely close to a natural grass field.
The project was delivered as a turnkey solution with Velocity providing a design and build service including obtaining planning permission and discharging the relevant conditions, the project was managed by former Jockeys player Mark Hatley of PCH Associates.
Newmarket Town Secretary Graham Edwards said the development, which was the culmination of almost ten years’ work, was the biggest project undertaken by the football club in their 139-year history.
Paying tribute to chairman John Olive and manager Kevin Grainger for their perseverance, he said: “We decided from the outset that we wanted to build the very best possible facility that we could afford."
Speaking of Velocity's involvement, Edwards added "Velocity were recommended by AFC Sudbury and they did a fantastic job, helping, with others, to deliver a magnificent facility."