Leominster’s Lucton School enjoyed an 'opening game' to celebrate the launch of the new world class hockey pitch at Halo’s Bridge Street Sports Centre on Thursday.

The new pitch - created with the help of £248,000 National Lottery Funding (Halo teamed up with Herefordshire Council, local hockey clubs and England hockey to put in the bid) will be a catalyst for attracting and training new players, and bringing back those who haven’t picked up their sticks for some years, said Halo’s partnership manager Alex Haines.

“Hockey made the headlines last year when the women’s hockey team enjoyed an historic victory in Rio and interest has surged as a result,” says Alex. “The pitch will also give footballers the perfect pitch to play on in future years.”