Theresa May took a shot on Sonning Hockey Club’s new Astroturf pitch and scored the first goal.

On Saturday, the former Prime Minister opened the new Astroturf hockey pitch in Sonning, on the Oxfordshire Berkshire border, and even put on her trainers for some hockey practice.

Lady May said: “It is great to be able to attend the opening of Sonning Hockey Club’s new Astroturf. This marks the culmination of many years of dedicated fundraising by the club.

Read also: PICTURES: the Oxford Brookes parties spreading coronavirus

“I know how important sports, and especially hockey is for the local community and it is great to see this kind of local initiative taking place.

“Sonning Hockey Club is an important fixture of local life and I pay tribute to the tireless campaigning of so many to finally see this come to fruition”.

Oxford Mail:

World-leading hockey brand, Osaka World, have partnered with Sonning Hockey Club and will support Sonning Hockey Club for at least the next four seasons.

Osaka World was founded in 2011 with the intention of making hockey accessible to everyone.

The sponsor has provided a new shirt for every female, male and junior member of the club, as well as creating a bespoke range of branded lifestyle wear for the club.

Read also: Football legend David Beckham could be your best selfie

Edward Butler, president of Sonning Hockey Club, said: “Like the vast majority of sports clubs across the country, Sonning Hockey Club has been impacted by the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic, but we are looking forward to re-engaging with hockey with renewed vigour. We love our sport, but of equal importance is the social dynamic - which is integral to our club ethos.”