Western Wildcats Hockey Club

Western Wildcats Hockey Club - Wildcats Challenge Timeline

Western WildcatsPitch Project Timeline 2007 - 2012



July 2007            

Secondhand water based surface available from Aberdeen. Rejected as no guarantees from contractor on surface.

Sep 2007

Formation of Pitch Committee (in alphabetical order)Stuart Dick, Roger Jamieson, Kris Kane and Ally Scott.

Agreed Water based surface the optimum.

Pitch Fund bank account set up.

Pitch Squares to be purchased at £50 per square detailed on board in bar area to record progress of donations.

TigerTurf WETT played on by 1st Team at Cannock and agreed preferred surface as excellent wet and can be played on dry.

Pitchside acknowledgement board to be erected after completion for all individuals who contribute at least £1,000.

Oct 2007                          

Challenge Campaign launched.

Nov 2007                        

Charitable Status applied for.

July 2008                       

Charitable Status granted.

Brochures produced with Gift Aid inserts suitable for single or regular donating.

June 2009

Professional Fundraiser Gordon McCorkindale appointed.

Jan 2010

Work on Business Plan completed and sent to potential funders.

Feb 2010

Sportslabs appointed as consultants. Pitch laser surveyed to ascertain probable condition of subsurface.

Tenders applied for.

Sportscotland (SS) Stage 1 application submitted.

May 2010

SS Stage 1 accepted.

Jan 2011

SS Stage 2 applied for.

Feb 2011

SS require proof of planning.

Feb 2011

EGM membership appraised of current situation with voting unanimously in favour of the club borrowing sufficient funds to ensure the project could commence in 2011 despite heavy burden of debt repayment over next few years. 

Apr 2011

Committee able to confirm that with borrowing funds mostly in place Stage 2 application sent to SS.

May 2011

Planning received.

Aug 2011

SS make substantial award of £77,000.

Oct 2011

Pitch replacement commenced with updated Tigerturf WETT PRO carpet. Guarantee period increased to 12 years.

Nov 2011

Problems discovered with sub surface – work ceased for cost estimates. Extra £100,000 required. SS consulted.

Jan 2012 

SS agree to assist with extra £64,000. Balance to be found by Club by forgoing the training area and second water tank plus utilising all available contingency money.

Feb 2012

Work recommenced.

2 Mar 2012

Surface finally laid

5 March

Surface passes FIH/ IHL accreditation standard.

10 March

First day on new surface 4 matches played. Joe Simpson scores 1st ever goal on new surface.


 Total Costcirca £435,000