Field hockey ball and stick

The gift marks a defining moment in the mission of the University to improve sports facilities and recognise the many wide-ranging benefits sport gives to all who take part.

The ambitious plans recognise that the University forms part of a vibrant and growing city where sport is valued highly.

As a result of this gift, the existing Wilberforce Road Sports Ground will be transformed and provide opportunities for both Cambridge students and the wider community to play and enjoy hockey, via a partnership with Cambridge City Hockey Club. Demand for hockey, especially at junior level, has grown in recent years and bringing the City Club activity together on one site means the club will generate a greater sense of unity. The gift will fund two new high quality floodlit artificial pitches to be built alongside the current pitch to form a ‘Hockey Hub’.

The gift, the largest to University sport from private philanthropy, comes from Chris and Sarah Field, who were inspired to make a lasting contribution to Cambridge sport by watching their sons play hockey as they grew up.

The new pitches represent part of a wider ambition to improve sports provision, including updating the facilities at Grange Road and the consideration of a swimming pool on the West Cambridge site. The mission for sports at the University is broad in its vision and scope, and supports the University’s intention to be inclusive and accessible to the wider Cambridge community through encouraging participation in sport.


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