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Article by Editorial | 26th January 2019

Quinn Estate Launches ‘Sporting Legacy’ In Herne Bay

An all-day family event recently marked the official launch of the first phase of the Herne Bay Sports Hub. The opening of the first-class hockey pitches provides a long-awaited new home for the Herne Bay Hockey Club after years without a permanent ground.

The launch was attended by Mark Quinn, CEO of Quinn Estates, Sir Roger Gale, MP for North Thanet, Councillor Mark Dance, Cabinet Member for Economic Development at Kent County Council, along with representatives from the local hockey, rugby, football and cricket clubs.

The new pitches at the Sports Hub will provide a new permanent home for the Herne Bay Hockey Club following 15 years of playing at the Herne Bay High School, sharing the pavilion with the Herne Bay tennis club, since their pitch fell into disrepair almost two decades ago.

Mark Quinn said: “It’s great that we are in a position where we’ve been able to offer the Herne Bay Hockey Club a brand-new home, after they’ve been so long without a permanent base. We hope these new facilities encourages them to go from strength to strength in their new home.

“Both the high quality and durability of SISTurf enables extended, multi-purpose use that not only meets the needs of the clubs, but also the wider communities. This first phase will provide world-class facilities for years to come while, at the same time, maintaining the club’s reputation as a strong contender in Kent.

“We are extremely proud of the Herne Bay Sports Hub project and look forward to showcasing and delivering the next phase.”

The next phase of the Herne Bay Sports Hub will see work starting on the cricket pitch in February and March this year. Subsequent phases will provide new tennis facilities, including courts and a clubhouse.

Images: Matt Bristow

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