Commander opens new military sports facilities in Catterick Garrison

Lt Gen Tyrone Urch cutting the ribbon of the newly refurbished pavilion at the Robertson Road sports complex

One of the British Army’s most senior officers today opened a new military sports facilities in Catterick Garrison.

Lieutenant General Tyrone Urch, Commander Home Command, was shown a new artificial hockey pitch and floodlights which cost £300,000 before opening a refurbished pavilion at a cost of £30,000 at the Robertson Road sports complex in the Garrison.

In all the new investment in providing sporting facilities cost £500,000 with the Army Sports Control Body providing £450,000 and the Army Central fund the rest.

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Lt Gen Tyrone Urch talking to staff at the new hockey pitch.

Lt Gen Urch said the investment would provide excellent facilities for the soldiers based at the Garrison and ensured they were as up to date as possible.

The Garrison Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Joe Jordan, said the investment was a precursor to a further £1.8m would be spent at the Wavell Road pitches including a brand new pavilion that could house six teams at once.

“As we get more forces in the future there will be more sporting competitions so it is vital that the relevant sporting facilities are given the financial support to bring them up to a high standard of excellence.”