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Taunton Vale Sports Club's new hockey pitch is first of its kind in the UK

As part of extensive improvement works at the club, Thornton Sports have recently completed the re-construction of a synthetic grass hockey pitch at Taunton Vale Sports Club in Somerset. The new pitch is now the first fully LED floodlit hockey pitch in the UK.

Lighting for the clubhouse, indoor sports hall, tennis & netball courts, football area and lighting across the new hockey pitch, have all been upgraded to LEDs. This will dramatically reduce light spillage affecting local residents from the outdoor lights, reduce maintenance costs and also reduce energy consumption in the clubhouse.

Taunton Vale Sports Club Chairman, Colin Johnson, comments:

“The Club is now able to implement its initial design stage in its goal to become fully sustainable and an exemplar community Club. We will be reducing the cost of delivering sport, as well as our environmental footprint, while providing a long term enhanced and affordable sporting experience for all participants.”

Re-construction of the club’s hockey pitch carried out by Thornton Sports involved earthworks, drainage improvements, construction of retaining walls, installation of the macadam, shock-pad and synthetic grass layers, in addition to the erection of perimeter fencing.

The new full-size pitch surface, which was also re-sized during the re-construction process, has been tested following completion to confirm compliance with FIH National performance requirements.

To watch a short video about the “Big Switch On” at Taunton Vale just follow the link. Meanwhile to find out more about our range of high performance hockey pitch facilities call 01282 777 345 or email

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