UCD Launch New Hockey Pitch Surface in Recognition of Student Endeavour

12 Sep 2019


This summer, the UCD Student Services team were busy at work to ensure, once again, student facilities and support services are best in class for the forthcoming academic year. UCD Student Services offers a large suite of supports and facilities conveniently located within the UCD Student Centre. The Centre itself see’s over 12,000 people on average pass through its doors daily during term time. The building’s relaxed environment allows students; staff and the local community to recharge and reconnect with their peers, colleagues and friends. It is also home to in excess of 22,000 UCD student society and sports club members.


UCD prides itself on harnessing the wellbeing of its students both inside and outside of the classroom. It is therefore imperative that facilities are maintained and enhanced in line with our student’s ambitions. Over the past few months, a significant investment in student welfare has seen; the Student Union’s offices receive a contemporary refurbishment; while upstairs in the Health Centre, additional student counselling staff and offices have been added to an already well established service offering. Students have also been given a boast for their endeavours in a sporting sense, with the newly installed floodlighting system on the Thornfield grass pitch, adding to the National Hockey Stadium’s new pitch surface.


On the recent resurfacing of the University Hockey Pitch, Mr. Dominic O'Keeffe, UCD's Director of Student Services and Facilities, says; "We are surrounded by passionate young people who opt to break boundaries by succeeding on the field and in the classroom, and we hope our investment mirrors their level of ambition."



Pic: UCD Hockey Men's Club Captain, Aaron Empey, and UCD Hockey Ladies Club Captain Alison Priestman surrounded by their peers pictured above officially opening the new hockey pitch surface at UCD’s National Hockey Stadium, Belfield, Dublin 4. Date: 11th September 2019.


The works which took place over the summer saw the pitch re-levelled, re-carpeted and a new floodlighting system and fence installed bringing the stadium up to global elite standard. On a weekly basis the National Hockey Stadium welcomes between 500-600 people between training sessions and games. As planned, the pitch is providing as a world class surface for our 11 hockey student hockey teams and is the go-to pitch in Ireland for high level hockey games and tournaments.



Pic: The UCD Mens Hockey team hosted Loughborough University in an exhibition game on the new hockey pitch surface at UCD’s National Hockey Stadium, Belfield, Dublin 4. Date: 11th September 2019.

      Pic: UCD Students enjoying the exhibition games on the opening night of the new hockey pitch surface at UCD’s National Hockey Stadium, Belfield, Dublin 4. Date: 11th September 2019.


UCD Sport also places a strong emphasis on community engagement through widening participation. The stadium welcomes national and local community partners such as Irish Hockey Association (IHA), Leinster Hockey, Genesis Colts Hockey Club, YMCA Colts Hockey Club, Pembroke Wanderers Juniors, Our Ladies Grove School, Jesus and Mary College, Lycee Francaise D'Ireland and Teresian School to name a few.



Pic: The UCD Ladies Hockey team and Leinster Girls U-18 Hockey team soak up the atmosphere as they prepared to take to the field for an exhibition game on the new hockey pitch surface at UCD’s National Hockey Stadium, Belfield, Dublin 4. Date: 11th September 2019.