The grand opening coincided with a men’s 1st XI league game with special guests including The Argus executive assistant Lyle Acott, Sussex Hockey Association president Michael Acott and Great Britain international Luke Taylor as well as sponsors, donors, vice presidents and friends of the club.
Over the last few months, working with West Sussex County Council and The Angmering School which is progressing to establishing itself as a School of Sporting Excellence, the new Worthing Hockey Clubhouse has been taking shape next to the home astroturf forming a cornerstone in the next chapter of club history following its recent merger with Penguin Men’s Hockey Club.
The trustees of The Argus Appeal kindly donated over £1,500 for the disability access ramp to the new clubhouse which was unveiled at the ceremony.
The new centre builds on the increasing coverage of hockey as a sport for the whole community fuelled by the success of Great Britain’s Women’s Olympic Gold Medal at Rio 2016 and Team England’s men’s and women’s bronze medals at the recent Commonwealth Games.
Worthing Hockey Club continues to attract new players, adding to the nearly 250 existing members. As the base for the club’s six men’s teams, two ladies teams, veteran teams, mixed teams and growing development/junior sections the new clubhouse beside the home pitch will provide a hockey centre to welcome adults and children from across the region.
To mark this historic event in its 123 years of history, the club has rebranded to reflect a modern, fresh image.