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Olympic pitch opens at Sheffield Hockey Club

The hockey pitch used during the 2012 Olympics has been moved and installed at a club in Sheffield.

The distinctive blue and pink turf has been relaid at Abbeydale Sports Club, home of Sheffield Hockey Club, at a cost of £130,000.

The pitch was donated free by Locog, the games' organising committee.

Lord Coe previously said: "This is an example of the legacy of London 2012. It will give the club a piece of Olympic history."

Recycled hanging baskets

The pitch is to be used by players of all ages and abilities and will host the 2013 School Games in September.

Much of the work to relay the pitch was done during May and June and the first match on the new surface was played on Tuesday.

Most of the old pitch in Sheffield has been recycled into hanging baskets but part was used to create pitches in Bulgaria and Ireland, the hockey club said.

More than 40 organisations made a bid for the pitch.

It was removed from the Olympic Park in November 2012 and has been in storage until laid in Sheffield.

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