How to Find Us
Newmarket Hockey Club play home matches on the Astro at Abbeycroft Leisure Centre, Exning Road, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 0EB. Access is via the South Drive from Exning Road. There is plenty of parking on site. Changing rooms and facilities are available within the Leisure Centre.
Post-match teas are served at The White Hart Hotel (High Street, Newmarket, CB8 8JP). A short distance from the Leisure Centre, it is necessary to drive – parking is available on site in a small car park at the back. Please note there is a small fee charged for parking – this is enforced by ANPR cameras and returned as money off a drink at the bar.
Tel No: 01638 663051
Newmarket Hockey Club was founded on 10th October 1948 as a mixed team and has played at a number of venues throughout its history, including Stanley House, the Town Ground, the Upper School, Scaltback School, George Lambton’s Playing Fields and Ely. Despite recruitment being a struggle due to a high concentration of local teams, separate sides for men and women were formed and Newmarket began to grow, moving away from playing on grass in the early 1990s.
The fundraising campaign was successful and the club returned to Newmarket Academy when the new Astro was completed in 2006. Now fielding a total of seven senior teams across the East leagues and boasting a thriving Junior section, Newmarket Hockey Club is without doubt on the rise.
This change to playing and training on Astroturf allowed players to develop and compete at a higher level, resulting in teams fielded by the club moving up the leagues. However, an unfortunate side effect was that every game became an away match, and Newmarket sides were forced to travel to Cambridge, Bury St Edmunds or Ely to play their games on Astro. A fundraising campaign immediately began to fund construction of a sand-based Astroturf pitch in Newmarket and the club actually entered the Guinness World Book of Records in the process – recording the ‘Longest Ever Hockey Match’ when the club staged a 60-hour ‘Hockathon’ on George Lampton’s Playing Fields in 1992.