New Artificial Pitch at John Hanson Community School 13 years ago the then new John Hanson Community School was fortunate enough to be built with a full size artificial pitch. Even now it is the only school in town with such a superb facility. It is a facility many hundreds of their students have benefited from, as well as other community users. And it is during this time John Hanson’s pitch has become the home of the very successful Andover Hockey Club.

From day one the school were aware that the anticipated life of such a pitch was ten years, with care and regular servicing and repairs and it lasted 12!

The new pitch cost £150k to replace and the money came from 4 sources, England Hockey, Andover Hockey Club, Test Valley Borough Council and John Hanson Community School. The two largest donors were the Hockey Club and England Hockey and without their drive and enthusiasm the school and the community would have been without an artificial pitch within a few years.

The opening ceremony of the pitch at the school took place early in September attended by The Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Iris Andersen together with representatives from the School and members of the Andover Hockey Club.

Karen Page, Business Manager at John Hanson Community School said “On behalf on John Hanson School we would like to thank everybody involved for their commitment to the project and the school look forward to an ever closer relationship with the hockey club and hope we remain the home of Andover Hockey Club for many years to come”

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