AN UNDERWATER hockey club is in talks over getting markings put down at a new fitness centre, allowing it to play in Tameside.
Children from Hyde and Denton play for Xarifa and have gone on to represent Great Britain in the sport.
Now they hope the new Denton Wellness Centre includes the correct markings that could enable matches to be played on their doorstep.
Top of their list is a centre spot and penalty spots to be laid on the base of a pool at the new £15 million centre, which is being built on land bordered by Lance Corporal Andrew Breeze Way and Denton Road, close to Crown Point.
If discussions with contractors go their way, Xarifa will be able to play in the borough as they currently hold matches at Wright Robinson College, Abbey Hey.
But the Correspondent believes that would mean convincing contractors and owners Active Tameside that it would be worth doing as it opens up the potential to host competitions on future.
In the pool, Xarifa are celebrating after its members were involved in two Manchester sides that achieved promotion in the British Octopush Association’s Nautilus National League competition.
Jake Charnock, of Hyde, who appeared for Great Britain’s Under-19 team, was in the ‘A’ team that won division two by winning all six matches at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge centre, scoring 45 goals and conceding 0!
While Megan Callaghan and Charlie Brincat, from Stalybridge, were part of the ‘C’ team that won the division six trophy and was promoted to division five.