OXFORD ACADEMY – 3G COMMUNITY FOOTBALL PITCH.

Pupils benefit from a brand new 3G pitch thanks to a a grant from the Football Foundation.

McArdle Sport Tec were delighted to work in partnership with TigerTurf after winning a competitive tender; as the chosen contractor to construct and install a new full size 3G community football pitch at the Oxford Academy. The artificial pitch was officially opened on the 3rd October with special guests from Oxford United FC.

The 3G community football pitch was made possible by securing a £579,201 grant through the Football Foundation. The funding enabled the academy to replace an existing grass pitch with a state of the art 3G pitch built to FIFA Quality standards. The new facilities are expected to increase football participation in the area by 266% according to the Football Foundation. Pupils at the Oxford Academy will benefit from the new pitch in addition to partner clubs, Greater Leys FC, Florence Park FC, Oxford Blackbirds FC, Horsporth YFC, Union Street FC, Littlemore RFC and local primary schools.

The installation of the pitch by McArdle’s took approximately 14 weeks in total; and during the build, 5,000 tonnes of stone was imported, six floodlight columns were erected and a total of 7,420 square metres of TigerTurf Atomic Pro 60 artificial turf was laid.

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said:

“The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund provides the investment necessary to improve grassroots football facilities. So, I am delighted to see the Oxford Academy join thousands of local clubs and organisations who have reaped its benefit, in this case through the opening of a new 3G community football pitch. My thanks go to Oxford United FC players who took the time to unveil the facility.
Having delivered over £1.4 billion of grassroots sports infrastructure projects, the Football Foundation has developed a network of accessible, first-class facilities in areas they will have the greatest impact – thanks to money from the Premier League, the FA and the Government via Sport England.
These facilities are more than places to play football at, these facilities are hubs of physical activity, the bedrock of local communities and ‘homes from home’ for so many who also use them as social outlets to learn new skills, gain work experience and other qualifications.”

“The Oxford Academy would like to thank the Football Foundation and the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund for the support and funding provide for this project. As a facility we have struggled to accommodate local sports clubs for their training and fixtures in recent years.
This new facility will enable us to provide a state-of-the-art facility, along with our current facilities, to local community clubs. As a school, one of our objectives is to serve the community in the evenings and weekends. This project has allowed us to take a step closer to achieving this.”

Matthew Brandish, Community Operations Manager for Oxford Academy

 

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NETHERTON FOOTBALL CLUB 3G SPORTS PITCH, THE GRANGE IN PETERBOROUGH.

6 year old 3G Sports Pitch passes FIFA 1 star accreditation

McArdle Sport Tec were delighted that a 3G sports pitch originally installed for the Netherton Football Club in 2011 has recently passed the FIFA 1 Star accreditation.  The all-weather TigerTurf Soccer Real 60mm AGP built for Netherton FC at The Grange in Peterborough, measures 7526m2; and was extensively tested to pass the following areas to achieve the 1 Star FIFA standard:

  • Ball rebound
  • Ball roll
  • Force reduction
  • Vertical deformation
  • Rotational resistance
  • Surface regularity and dimensions

Ron Seddon, Chairman for The Netherton Football Club was delighted that the pitch has passed the FIFA 1 Star, the community pitch is used extensively; Ron himself participates in the Walking Football team.  The original Contracts Manager David and Site Manager Shaun, are long-standing and valued McArdle staff members; both have been involved in many prestigious pitch and athletics track projects.

Regular maintenance and care is vital to ensure longevity and performance for your 3G sports pitch.  Ensuring players wear the correct footwear using only moulded or screw in stud football boots prevents the turf compacting or flattening. Regular brushing will maintain the turf yarns/fibres to remain upright and protects the infill from compacting.  You can read our comprehensive 3G Pitch Maintenance guide for more information

Netherton Football Club have been stringent with ensuring that all regular and more intensive maintenance procedures including infill top ups have been carried out.  The clubs pitch care would have no doubt assisted the endurance and performance of their pitch resulting in successful testing and accreditation from FIFA.

Steve Gould, Facilities Manager, commented:

“The Grange, Peterborough, 3G sports pitch installed by McArdle’s as part of a Football Foundation project has since hand over in 2012 grown year on year. Managed by Netherton Community Sports Association the average footfall is now around 1000 people weekly, which is fantastic.

We have a wide range of users; Walking Footballers, Local Schools, Social Football, Charity Matches, Schools County Finals, Local League Finals, as well as regular training and matches. Usage has increased year on year. At a recent progress meeting with the football Foundation the facility, along with its Management received very positive feedback.

We are constantly receiving positive comments with regards to the Pitch some suggesting it is one of if not the best facility in the area and indeed further afield. We pride ourselves on maintaining the pitch to the highest possible standard and recently for the second successive period have achieved the FIFA 1 Star rating.

Our aim is to continue to grow and provide football for the local community whilst maintaining the 3G sports pitch facility to the highest standards possible.”

“When we heard that the original Netherton Football Club Pitch passed the recent FIFA 1 Star accreditation, I was delighted to see the test results.  It shows that as long as you install a stable engineered sub-base with a reputable and proven artificial turf supplier, as with all pitches providing the regular maintenance and care has taken place the results show in the condition of the pitch year after year.

David Darnell, Contracts Manager for McArdle Sport Tec

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SHELFORD RUGBY CLUB, THE DAVEY FIELD

McArdle Sport Tec are delighted to build our 2nd RFU Rugby 365 incentive pitch at The Davey Field.

Shelford Rugby Club, known to their fans as ‘The Peacock Family’ are celebrating the handover and official opening of their brand new 3G rugby pitch construction at The Davey Field. Thanks to the RFU Rugby 365 programme rolled out across the country, nearly £1million pounds has been invested into the new facilities including new floodlights, fencing and artificial turf.

The new 3G rugby pitch construction built to meet World Rugby Regulations 22 standards, will have a positive impact improving the quality of training and match day experience for those participating at SRFC, but also for the surrounding local rugby partnership . Shelford Rugby Club have been based at The Davey Field since 1965, & secured a 10-year lease with the RFU; allowing the players 12 hours a week on the new facility. The new rugby pitch is available to not only Shelford RFC but also other local rugby clubs, schools, universities, colleges and sports clubs.

 So, what is the RFU Rugby 365 incentive?

After the Rugby World Cup in 2015, the RFU set out a legacy to invest more than £50m over a four-year period to develop 100 artificial grass pitches within the United Kingdom. The Rugby Football Union wanted to create accessible facilities & increase participation within the sport. It is anticipated that the Rugby 365 scheme will create over 50,000 available playing hours, enabling more training sessions and matches to take place. 3G rugby pitches are durable, safe, allowing all-year round play, which can withstand extensive usage.

Currently 6 pitches have been built on the Rugby 365 initiative, benefiting five new areas. McArdle are delighted to have worked in partnership with TigerTurf to install two of these 3g rugby pitch constructions: Hornets RC and Shelford RC. The RFU have reported that in four months of on-season usage since the initial first three Rugby 365 pitches opened; 250 matches have been hosted, & more than 30 festivals of rugby held plus over 20,000 players enjoying these new facilities. Once all the planned artificial grass pitches are built it is estimated that grassroots rugby will see 16,000 brand new members taking up the sport.

“Shelford Rugby Club and the client were extremely easy to work with.  The 3G rugby pitch installation went smoothly, and we are pleased to be involved in the RFU Rugby 365 incentive.  It is still early days, and McArdle have constructed two out the six initial pitches on the RFU Rugby 365 programme.  The pitch looks and plays brilliantly; and we are delighted with the positive impact we’ve been able to make on the local community.”

David Darnell, Contracts Manager for McArdle Sport Tec

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 FRONT LAWN RECREATION GROUND £1.5 MILLION COMMUNITY SPORTS PROJECT MADE POSSIBLE THANKS TO FUNDING FROM THE FOOTBALL FOUNDATION.

McArdle Sport Tec & TigerTurf were delighted to have been selected by the Football Foundation to manufacture and construct a 3G Artificial Football Pitch and refurbish an existing Multi Use Games Area.

Havant Borough Council secured a substantial grant of £629,407 thanks to Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation. The funding enabled a £1.5 million community sports project at Front Lawn Recreation Ground, Havant; which included refurbishing an existing MUGA, and a brand new 106 x 70m 3G artificial football pitch, built to meet FIFA Quality standards.

The Football Foundation is the country’s largest sports charity. Since 2000 when the Foundation was launched, nearly 15,000 grants have been awarded worth nearly £580 million. The Foundation has also gained additional partnership funding of just under £800 million – which is an overall investment of £1.4 billion into the Grassroots sport.

Working in partnership with TigerTurf; McArdle Sport Tec were delighted to have been selected as the manufacturer/contractor for this Football Foundation community project. The new 3G TigerTurf Atomic Pro 60 artificial turf replaced an existing natural grass pitch which was prone to waterlogging. The artificial football pitch also benefits from new fencing and floodlights, which will enable all year round playing; the FA expects the new 3G pitch will be used on average of 50+ hours per week

Neil Cassar, CEO of Hampshire FA, commented:

“We are one of a few county FA’s with more than one operational site which is a momentous achievement in itself. “At our HQ in Basingstoke we have seen cup finals hosted and large-scale events hosted for the local community. We have hosted regional finals, courses and much more.

This new facility will go that extra mile to ensuring we can accommodate even more for our members, the very people that serve our beautiful game whilst being closer, more connected with these areas and our members within them. It isn’t simply a facility providing an  artificial football pitch – it is a facility for the whole community, where local people can partake in a variety of sports whilst finding out about the work that we do. It will be a community hub, where we can deliver a programme of courses including safeguarding, medical, refereeing, CPD and more. Together with our partners and stakeholders, this has been achievable and we look forward to a bright future ahead for our game in Hampshire.”

 

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation said:

“Congratulations should go to Havant Borough Council for working with the Hampshire FA to secure this Premier League & FA Facilities Fund Grant. My thanks go to Alan Mak MP for taking the time to visit the site.

“Since 2000. The Foundation has awarded 362 grants worth £12.6m across Hampshire towards Grassroots sports projects worth nearly £28.4m with money generously provided by our funders: The Premier League. The FA and the Government via Sport England”.

 “The development at Front Lawn Recreation Ground is great news for our community. Congratulations to everyone involved, and I look forward to supporting this great local facility in the years ahead.”

Alan Mak, MP for Havant.

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3G PREMIER PRO PITCH AT THE CORINIUM STADIUM.

McArdle Sport Tec install the UK’s first Premier Pro 60 3G Pitch for Cirencester Town Football Club.

McArdle Sport Tec were delighted to work in partnership with TigerTurf on another successful Football Association project, installing the UK’s first Premier Pro 60 3G pitch for Cirencester Town Football Club.

The club’s original natural grass pitch based at The Corinium Stadium, proved itself to be unreliable and prone to waterlogging. Training and games were frequently postponed due to poor ground conditions. The new 106 x 70m 3G playing surface will allow improved flexibility and reassurance over the winter months for matches and training.

Cirencester Town FC successfully received a grant from the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund for £369,383. The Centurions also secured sponsorship from the club’s chairman, and Cirencester College over a two-year period. The grants and additional funding allowed the club to replace the natural turf, into a modern 3G artificial grass pitch.

The club’s motto which is incidentally “Providing Football for all”, compiled a five-year Football Development Plan with Gloucestershire FA and the Football Foundation. The five-year strategy outlines the plan to increase the numbers of players and intended use of the pitch. The Club will introduce 10 new teams to boost the participating numbers, including a number of junior girl’s teams to increase the numbers of female players.

Nigel Robbins, Mayor of Cirencester officially opened the club’s 3G Pitch on Sunday the 27th August. The Centurions were also delighted to welcome Matthew Boucher (Football Development Manager for Gloucestershire FA) and the Football Foundations Club Chairman Steve Abbley to the official opening ceremony.

A recent Twitter post via the club’s official page @CirenTownFC commended both McArdle and TigerTurf:

“Our 3G pitch is one of a kind thanks to the generosity of TigerTurf, who offered us the opportunity to be the first club in the country to upgrade our pitch by using their new 3G product, Premier Pro 60. TigerTurf are the UK’s leading artificial grass manufacturer, and together with sports pitch construction experts McArdle Sport Tec installed the first ever Premier Pro 60 pitch in the UK here at the Corinium Stadium. Our new pitch boasts the latest artificial grass yard technology, combined with sand and PRO-Gran, a new infill product developed by Murfitt’s Industries, the system will offer unrivalled playability, durability and safety. The surface is considered to play with similar characteristics to a natural grass surface and is tested annually to ensure it meets the exacting standards as set out by the FA and FIFA”

Daren Hibbert, Technical Manager at TigerTurf UK explains why Premier Pro stands out from other 3G surfaces:

“The technology behind Premier Pro is what sets this product apart from other 3G surfaces. The polymer and profile of the yarn is superior to those used in regular 3G products, therefore offering unrivalled performance and durability. The pile in other 3G yarns can become exposed after use, creating a weak point in the fibre where it can bend, weaken and eventually break under pressure. We designed the profile of the 3DN XL yarn to remove those weak points. An entirely new shape was developed, so when force is applied, such as a player’s footstep, the new yarn acts like a spring. The yarn twists and distributes the pressure through the entire length of the fibre, rather than one localised point, meaning the yarn is able to retain its memory and remain upright.”

“As part of our planning process and funding application, we needed to forecast the number of hours the new pitch would be used for each week, as well as demonstrating that we could support the investment with a viable business model. Having also sourced expressions of interest from local clubs and organisations, we realised we could accommodate a staggering amount more usage per week, compared to the four hours we could allow on the natural grass pitch. This in turn helped us to prove that a new 3G pitch wouldn’t just benefit the football club, but would be a huge asset to the local community as a whole.”

Scott Griffin, Football Secretary at Cirencester Town Football Club.

 

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UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM ATHLETICS TRACK

McArdle build prestigious athletics track used by Olympic teams for IAAF World Championships pre-training.

McArdle Sport Tec were thrilled to be chosen by the University of Birmingham after a competitive tendering process to build a prestigious athletics track. Built to international training standard, the porous Stobitan track has been finished in a stunning deep red. The eight lane athletics track includes, floodlighting, throwing and jump facilities with a 7000m² natural grass in-field.

The University, currently ranked in the top ten for sport in the UK; pride themselves on nurturing and encouraging talented new athletes to study at the campus. One such pupil is Sarah McDonald currently representing Team GB in the 1,500m at the World Athletics Championships, in London. The high-quality sporting facilities attracts renowned worldwide Olympic teams as the facility of choice for training practice before major competitions.

Director of Sport at the University, Zena Wooldridge OBE commented:

“We’re very fortunate to have such a superb new athletics track on a magnificent leafy site. Athletics is a key sport for the University of Birmingham and it will make a huge difference to our athletes’ training to have such a fantastic track so close to the main campus.

I hope our student athletes and the young athletes from BRATS and local schools will be inspired by the new track and its Jamaican inauguration, and we look forward to seeing more of our own stars of the future training here.”

The athletics track was constructed on overgrown woodland leased from the Schools of King Edward V. Situated on the edge of the campus, the new facilities will be home to not only the University but King Edwards School, King Edwards VI high school for girls; and other local athletics clubs.

Simon Hedges Contracts Manager for this project commented:

“A considerable amount of work was undertaken to clear the site and to level the earthworks. However, it was a fantastic opportunity to be involved with this project, as athletics tracks especially to this standard and specification are rarely constructed in the UK. Our team worked extremely hard to ensure that the tracks were completed on time to ensure that a well-known Olympic athletics team could train on site prior to the IAAF World Championships took place in London. We are extremely honoured to be involved in this construction.”

Photo’s courtesy of Alan Spink and the University of Birmingham.

“We are delighted to have been able to support the University in the development of this impressive new facility. Not only will our own pupils benefit from the use of the track for games lessons, fixtures and sports day, but through our extensive outreach programme it will also give primary school children across the region the opportunity to train on the same site as Olympic athletes.”

Dr Mark Fenton, Chief Master of King Edward’s School.

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MANCHESTER COMMUNICATIONS ACADEMY – 3G FOOTBALL PITCH

McArdle Sport Tec & TigerTurf work with the Football Foundation to install a 3G Pitch at Manchester Communications Academy

TigerTurf in partnership with McArdle were delighted to win yet another competitive tender through Robinson Low Francis on behalf of the Football Foundation. McArdle installed a new 3G football pitch with associated fencing and floodlights at Manchester Communications Academy.

The new third generation pitch measures 106 x 70m using FIFA tested TigerTurf Atomic Pro; and took a total of 20 weeks to construct. The pitch will be mainly used for football by the Academy, but the 3G pitch is also available to the local community for holding matches and training sessions.

Green surrounding fencing finishes the pitch, and installation of ultra-low glare floodlights will enable all year round playing access. Inlaid and tufted lines define a full-size and two smaller 64 x 46 meter playing pitch options. Line paint marks out a further two 55 x 37m and four smaller 34 x 27m pitches.

McArdle received a glowing reference from Susan Webster, Project Manager at the Manchester Communications Academy:

“I am happy to say that working with McArdle Sport Tec has been a delight. Anthony Doran, the on-site manager worked well with the academy team to guide the project, particularly providing practical and proactive input to some late site layout changes. The whole McArdle team co-ordinated well to deliver the new pitch. It was not an easy site with many planning provisions to attend to, but with support from McArdle Sports Tec, Manchester Communications Academy now has a great new facility for its students and the local community.”

3G pitch opening MCA

“The site will also be an important hub for grassroots football clubs and many other sports and groups in the area. Fantastically well done to all concerned!”

GRAHAM TAYLOR OBE, FORMER ENGLAND MANAGER & FOOTBALL FOUNDATION AMBASSADOR

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RFU’S 3G RUGBY PITCH PILOT SCHEME – HORNETS RFC

McArdle Sport Tec & TigerTurf were delighted to have been selected by the RFU for the artificial 3G rugby pitch construction at Hornets RFC.

McArdle Sport Tec, TigerTurf UK & Technical Surfaces were pleased to have been selected as the contractor/manufacturer/maintenance team appointed for the artificial 3G rugby pitch construction at major rugby club Hornets RFC, Weston-Super-Mare.  Working with TigerTurf, McArdle’s installed their new “Rugby 360” third-generation artificial turf at the club’s Hutton Moor Road site. The Hornets were selected as one of the clubs to be included in the pilot scheme which aims to continue the RFU’s Rugby World Cup 2015 legacy of delivering over £50m investment over four years into the development of one hundred artificial 3G rugby pitches across England; sixty on rugby club sites and forty on community sites.

The scheme has been devised by the RFU to offer superior all-weather playing facilities across the country, with the RFU pledging to invest in 100 floodlit artificial 3G rugby pitches for the grassroots game across the country over a four-year period.  They claim the major driver for installing artificial pitches is to sustain and grow participation in the game whilst overcoming increasing pressure on natural turf pitches, the impact of wetter winters resulting in postponed matches, changing player expectations and competition from other sports investing in artificial pitches.

Steve Grainger, RFU Rugby Development Director said: “With changing expectations and aspirations it is clear that rugby, like other sports, needs to provide playing surfaces that meet modern requirements.” He added, “Following the Rugby World Cup 2015 there has been an upsurge in interest in rugby, not least from aspiring coaches, referees and young players, and this is an exciting opportunity to further develop our community rugby facilities.” The new scheme is thought to be the biggest single investment in the grass-roots game by the governing body; it follows the decision by the Football Association to invest £260 million to build 600 all-weather 3G pitches and create 150 football hubs over the next four years.

RFU area facilities manager Jon Bendle said: “This really is an exciting opportunity for the entire rugby community in North Somerset. We hope that a number of the surrounding clubs, schools and college will want to utilise this great facility.” He continued, “The new facilities will improve the quality of the rugby experience at Hornets and provide more playing opportunities, especially for people in the 14-24 age group.”

The RFU’s official opening ceremony for the new artificial 3G rugby pitch took place on Sunday 15th January 2017, the new pitch was opened by RFU President Peter Baines. Preceding the ceremony, Hornets Colts played Weston Colts and immediately after the opening ceremony The Hornettes played Cullumpton Ladies.

The club held an unofficial opening the previous weekend and over 700 spectators arrived to see the new pitch. Hornets first team played their first game on the new pitch and beat Camborne. The feedback received about the new pitch was excellent, we hope the winning streak continues.

“Following the Rugby World Cup 2015 there has been an upsurge in interest in rugby, not least from aspiring coaches, referees and young players, and this is an exciting opportunity to further develop our community rugby facilities.”  Steve Grainger – RFU Rugby Development Director

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ST ANDREWS PREP SCHOOL HOCKEY PITCH

On St Andrews Day in 2013 the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, attended the opening ceremony for one of our newly constructed hockey pitches.

St Andrews Prep School appointed McArdle Sport Tec for their new artificial hockey pitch construction project. For this installation we used TigerTurf UK’S EvoPro carpet to meet with International Hockey Federation standards. The pitch measured approximately 100x60m and the project included the installation of drainage, a 15mm in-situ shock pad and a tarmac layer beneath the surface.

Kate was a pupil of St Andrews from 1986-1995 and was invited by the school to officially open the new pitch. Kate formally opened the new pitch by unveiling a plaque before meeting members of the school’s current hockey team and playing a quick game.

During the opening, Kate stated, ‘It was while I was here at school that I realised my love of sport. Sport has been a huge part of my life, and I feel incredibly grateful for the opportunities I had to get outside and play in such wonderful open spaces – though sadly there was nothing quite as glamorous as this in my time! I hope that you all enjoy playing sport here as much as I used to, and make the most of these incredible facilities.’

Click here to see The Dutchess of Cambridge playing hockey on the newly opened pitch.

Hockey Pitch Construction

“We are very happy with our new sand-dressed pitch. McArdle completed it on budget and on time and were a great team to work with, I would definitely consider them again for future work. The finished pitch looks fantastic and the children are really enjoying the great surface.”

PENNY, BURSAR

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ST GEORGES PARK SHEFFIELD THORNCLIFFE

McArdle Sport Tec won a competitive tender for the construction of 2 new 3G pitches at the second site of the Sheffield’s Parklife Scheme, St George’s Park – Thorncliffe

In 2014, The Football Association unveiled its plan to build more than 150 new “football hubs” at over 30 major UK city locations. In order to achieve this, the FA pledged to invest more than £230 million into 3G football pitch construction by creating new “football hubs”.

Sheffield was selected as the first city to benefit from the “football hubs” and with backing from Sheffield City Council, the new project was to become known as “Parklife”. The Parklife project would see more than £6.8 million invested in football in Sheffield over a few sites across the city.

Planning permission was granted for the first two sites in 2015, Greg Dyke, Chairman for the FA said, “This is excellent news for grassroots football in Sheffield and a significant step towards making our vision of creating publicly accessible football hubs across all major cities by 2020 a reality.” “Introducing city hubs is a key recommendation of the Chairman’s Commission as a means of protecting football facilities from a potential downward spiral of declining quality brought about by inevitable reductions in local authority funding as fiscal budgets are squeezed.”

Paul Billington, Director of Culture, Sport and Leisure at Sheffield City Council, also added “I’m really pleased that planning permission has been granted for the first of these new football facilities, which will significantly improve the quality of the grassroots football provision here in Sheffield,” he said. “As well as being a boost for those who already play football, this new partnership with The FA is expected to increase participation and, in the longer term, provide a financial saving to the council as more play is concentrated on fewer pitches.”

McArdle Sport Tec won a competitive tender for the 3G football pitch construction of the new pitches at the second site of the Sheffield’s Parklife Scheme, Thorncliffe Recreation Ground. The new football hub was to be built alongside the new £7 million North Active Leisure Centre and the project included the installation of two new, full size 3G pitches for football, each with specialist fencing and floodlighting, and two fully drained 11v11 natural grass pitches. It also included a changing room, coach education facility and social space.

The proposed third site in Sheffield is set to boast two full-sized 3G pitches and natural turf pitches, a fitness centre, changing rooms and an education facility. Councillor Sioned-Mair Richards, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods at Sheffield City Council, said, “This partnership with the FA is a great thing for our city. I’m delighted to see this grassroots scheme moving forward with the announcement of the third football hub site, which will also create a fantastic new public health facility in the south east of Sheffield.” She added, “Football is Sheffield’s biggest team sport with over 800 teams, the majority of which are junior and youth teams. It is significant for sports participation, community activity and associated health benefits.”

McArdle Sport Tec believe that more 3G football pitch construction, and the creation of football hubs across the UK should have a positive impact on grassroots football as all-weather pitches provide much longer playing times and are not weather dependant.

“The vision of building football hubs in up to 30 key cities and towns has begun and we applaud Sheffield for leading the way.” Kelly Simmons, The FA’s Director of Participation and Development

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THE XVII COMMONWEALTH GAMES ATHLETICS TRACK

McArdle Sport Tec were delighted to be selected to provide the main stadium’s athletics track at The XVII Commonwealth Games in Manchester.

The Commonwealth Games is a world-class event and the XVII in Manchester was the most significant multi-sport event to be held in this country since the Olympics of 1948. It was the largest ever Commonwealth Games with more competitors than ever before from 72 nations and many of the world’s top athletes competing in individual and team events. Continue reading “THE XVII COMMONWEALTH GAMES”

WATFORD FC – MERIDEN COMMUNITY CENTRE – 3G PITCH

Watford FC’s Community Sports and Education Trust selected McArdle Sport Tec and TigerTurf to install a brand new 3G Pitch at Meriden Community Centre

In December 2012 Watford FC’s Community Sports and Education Trust took over the running of Merdien Community Centre from Watford Borough Council with plans to refurbish and improve the centre both internally and externally. Their aim was to “develop a vibrant youth and community centre aiming to enhance the lives of local residents providing social benefits with its diverse programme of activities.”

As part of the plan to improve the external facilities, the Trust applied for funding to contribute towards a brand new 3G pitch for football. Watford Community Sports & Education Trust were successfully awarded a grant of £250,916 from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation, as well as funds from Watford Borough Council, The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation and Watford FC’s CSE Trust itself.

After a successful tender, McArdle Sport Tec were selected with TigerTurf to construct and install the new 61m x 43m pitch complete with fencing and floodlighting at an old tarmac site within the community centre grounds.

During the construction programme, the site was visited by the Mayor of Watford, Dorothy Thornhill. The Trust’s Community Director Rob Smith and Head of Community Facilities Steve Williams met with Mayor Dorothy to show the progress made to date.

Watford stars Troy Deeney, Heurelho Gomes and Jerome Sinclair joined Graham Taylor OBE, Hornets legend and Football Foundation Ambassador,  officially unveiled Watford FC Community Sports and Education Trust’s (CSET) new 3G pitch in November 2016.

Speaking about the new facility, Graham Taylor said: “I am personally delighted to open Watford FC Community Sports and Education Trust’s new fantastic 3G pitch at the Meriden Community Centre alongside Troy, Heurelho and Jerome.

“My role as Football Foundation Ambassador allows me to see the massive difference that these types of grassroots facilities make. They enable more and more people of all ages and abilities to enjoy playing football and many other sports purely for the love of it.

“Having enjoyed a great many years, both in the dugout and as Chairman, at Vicarage Road, the club holds a very special place in my heart. From that time I also know that Watford has long been a club that is genuinely committed to its local community.

“I want to congratulate the Watford FC Community Sports and Education Trustfor working with the Football Foundation to secure a grant from Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund that has helped to develop this excellent facility. It will serve as an important venue for them to deliver life-changing community projects that improve the health, education and quality of life of local people. The site will also be an important hub for grassroots football clubs and many other sports and groups in the area. Fantastically well done to all concerned!”

Watford FC’s media team who took some video footage of the construction progress, these can be found here http://mcardlesport.co.uk/videos/

“The site will also be an important hub for grassroots football clubs and many other sports and groups in the area. Fantastically well done to all concerned!”

GRAHAM TAYLOR OBE, FORMER ENGLAND MANAGER & FOOTBALL FOUNDATION AMBASSADOR

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ABERYSTWYTH TOWN FC

Aberystwyth Town FC appointed McArdle Sport Tec to install a 3G surface to their pitch. The installation included TigerTurf’s innovative Ecocept base.

Following the increasing number of artificial pitches installed at Welsh premier league team grounds, Aberystwyth Town FC decided to install a 3G pitch of their own. After a competitive tender and interview process, 3G football pitch construction specialists, McArdle Sport Tec were delighted to have been awarded the contract by Welsh Premier League side Aberystwyth Town FC to install a state-of-the-art third-generation pitch at the club’s ground.

The 3G football pitch construction project at Park Avenue Stadium had a number of challenges;
1. Remote location, poor availability of Aggregates etc
2. Very busy town centre, difficult traffic and roadworks to navigate
3. Contaminated subsoil, very expensive disposal costs
4. Limited Budget
5. Had to tie in to existing stadium features  included removing the existing pitch surface and installing the specialist base system, installing kerbing the synthetic turf and specialist sports fencing.

To see more about our 3G football pitch construction see our ‘how we do it page’.

McArdle Sport Tec offered the club a new and innovative sports surface base system by TigerTurf called TenCate Ecocept. Ecocept is a one-of-a-kind base system which has been specifically developed for synthetic turf playing surfaces. The base is manufactured onsite using 80-90% recycled end-of-life waste plastics and rubber mixed with a binder to hold it together. The new base system meets both FIFA and World Rugby impact requirements so can be used for football and rugby surfaces. Using Ecocept reduces the need for a conventional thick layer of crushed stone, and the performance base drains rainwater laterally so that traditional drainage methods are not necessary.

McArdle Sport Tec have previously installed an Ecocept pitch at Cheshunt FC at the end of 2015, the installation of Ecocept at the club in Hertfordshire has since gained recognition for TigerTurf for embracing new technology and leading the way for product design, having been named as a finalist in the SAPCA Awards 2016. To read more about this innovative base-system, click here.

The work was completed in time for Aberystwyth Town’s match against Bala Town on 11th October 2016. McArdle’s were also on-site at Bala Town FC constructing a 3G pitch at their home home ground Meas Tegid.

ATFC Chairman, Tony Bates, the inspiration behind the project proclaimed, “I am thrilled that after overcoming so many hurdles, this project has finally come to fruition. There is no question that the Club and wider-community will all benefit greatly from this much-needed facility.”.

ATFC’s Facility Manager, Frank Rowe claims, “3G has all the benefits of a traditional grass surface but without the drawbacks. In an area with very high rain fall, the excellent drainage 3G provides allows the playing surface to remain consistent throughout the year. Furthermore, the pitch can be played on virtually continuously due to the fact that the surface does not cut up or become warn as with grass. Such playing qualities have made 3G pitches extremely popular across Britain and given the number of times water-logged pitches have prevented games and training in the region, Aberystwyth is extremely fortunate to now have its own.”

A bumper crowd of 1,168 – the biggest at the club in over 15 years – turned out to support the team at their first Welsh Premier League match on the new playing surface

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ST JOHN  BOSCO ARTS COLLEGE

In Early 2016, McArdle Sport Tec and TigerTurf were selected to install a full size 3G football pitch at St John Bosco Arts College in near Liverpool.

The girls’ college has over 1,000 pupils and was completely rebuilt in 2015 as part of the Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson’s replacement programme which saw 12 schools rebuilt as part of the new £169 million scheme.

Headteacher Anne Pontifex said: “Our brilliant new £18m school building is a wonderful environment for pupils and staff to thrive in. I’m incredibly proud of our building and the difference it has made to our whole school community.”

The new 3G pitch joins the brand new sports and dance facilities, including a gym, two double-height dance studios and a new pavilion.

For this project, TigerTurf’s Atomic Pro carpet was chosen due it its hard wearing properties. Atomic Pro 60 is specifically designed to meet the player requirements at community level right through to elite level and is accredited with a FIFA Quality mark.

The new pitch project was given part funding by the Football Association and Football Foundation and work commenced on site in March. The design includes dividing nets which will enable the school to rent out various size pitches for 11, 9, 7 and 5-a-side football. The installation of floodlighting means that the facility will be available for use up until 10pm at night throughout the year.

The installation of the full-size pitch by McArdle’s took approximately 11 weeks in total and during the build, 5,000 tonnes of stone was imported, six floodlight columns were erected and a total of 7,420 square metres of artificial turf was laid.

The new facility was proudly handed over to the school in May 2016.

Since the recent opening of the pitch, the school have used the 3G for Ladies football training by Liverpool Football Club’s Foundation College. The collaboration between St John Bosco Arts College and the Liverpool FC Foundation College, provides a unique opportunity for young ladies aged16-19, to follow a bespoke educational programme with two outstanding institutions. They offer the L3 Extended Diploma in Sports as well as a range of academic and technical qualifications.

Students are trained by LFC coaches and players from the Liverpool Ladies team and play in local, regional and national competitions. They have opportunities to travel abroad and play against international opposition. Students undertake the FA Level 1 coaching award offering the chance to become a coach with the LFC Foundation.

Since the recent opening of the pitch, the school have used the 3G for Ladies football training by Liverpool Football Club’s Foundation College.

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MANCHESTER UNITED FC

We have a long standing working relationship with Manchester United Football Club. We appreciate that professional players require the best possible playing surface on which to perform, and understand that only the very best will do for such a high calibre club. We are proud to have installed numerous pitches for Manchester United at their training grounds.

2001: We worked with the club in 2001 to design a ‘caged’ outdoor artificial pitch at their Carrington Training Ground. The pitch was enclosed by nets to confine the balls. We also installed an indoor pitch at Manchester United’s The Cliff Training Ground in Salford. We received very positive feedback from the club and this was the start of many future pitch projects working closely with Clive Snell, the Facility Manager at Manchester United.

Our first Astroplay pitch was a 40m x 40m pitch installed in a caged area. We were able to work with McArdle to ensure that this surface was used as a trial area and brought to the playing characteristics required by our coaching staff. McArdle worked very hard to ensure this was achieved and we are very grateful for their flexibility. We were then able to use these trials to ensure that the new surfaces installed at the Academy were of identical standard.” Clive Snell.

2002: In 2002 we were appointed to construct the first full-size artificial pitch at the Trafford Training Centre in Carrington. For this outdoor 3G project we installed AstroPlay ‘R’ 55 carpet.

2009: When the indoor training pitch at Carrington was due for renewal, Manchester United contacted us once again. We installed 4,800sqm of Lano’s Profoot MXSi system, possibly the most advanced 3G system on the market at the time. Clive Snell,

Facilities Manager at Carrington, stated that Manchester United were “delighted with the installation”.

Unfortunately, shortly after installation, an external film crew who were recording on-site caused damage to the surface as they broke a light which contaminated the surface with glass and burnt the grass. The club called us back a week before Christmas to replace the pitch surface which we managed to completed in-time for Christmas.

When we decided to replace our synthetic pitch we automatically chose McArdle Sport Tec as they had installed our original pitch. Our previous experience had shown us that McArdle Sport Tec provided a very high level of service and were able to deliver the project with a minimum of fuss. We are delighted with the installation of our new Monofilament pitch and McArdle Sport Tec once again demonstrated their ability to deliver a high quality project.” Clive Snell

2012: In 2012 we were contacted by the club to design and build another 3G cage and a polymeric surface. We used MXSi60 for the artificial turf pitch to match the indoor surface we installed in 2009. We are honoured to be part of Manchester Football Club’s continuous improvement process.

3G Artificial Pitch

“The Academy have been using these surfaces since July of this year and it has received high acclaim from our  coaches, players and visiting clubs. This has also been backed up by excellent after sales service.”

CLIVE SNELL, FACILITY MANAGER MAN UTD FC

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BATH RFC – FARLEIGH HOUSE

Farleigh House, home of Bath Rugby Club’s training ground appointed McArdle Sport Tec to construct a new artificial 3G rugby pitch.

We were very pleased to have been involved in the construction of a new artificial 3G rugby pitch at Farleigh House. The new 3G pitch was to be a great addition to Bath Rugby Club’s existing training facilities.

The project brief was to design and build an IRB certified rugby pitch. For this, we carefully chose TigerTurf’s Total Turf 65mm 3G carpet, which we laid upon an engineered macadam pitch base and a 15mm in-situ shockpad.

We completed the construction within the given 10 week contract period, and within the specified budget.

David Reed, the Estate Manager of Farleigh House stated, “We were given the task of creating a 3G pitch to add to the training facilities of Bath Rugby Club here at Farleigh House. McArdle Sport Tec gave us a very competitive quotation and despite challenging terrain and weather conditions completed the job within the agreed time scale. Everyone agrees that the finished product looks superb! We were very impressed with the whole team ably led by David Darnell.”

This project was overseen by the specialist sports pitch consultants, STRI

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ST JOHN’S SCHOOL

We constructed a MUGA facility at St John’s School in Marlborough, this consisted of the installation of six new tennis courts.

McArdle Sport Tec were pleased to be appointed as the chosen contractor to construct six brand new tennis courts at St John School in Marlborough.

The location was the site of the old St John’s Upper School, a picturesque setting, high above the historical town of Marlborough. The new tarmacadam courts were one of the final stages of a big construction project at the school totalling over £26 million.

The site was on a steep hillside so the six courts were staggered. After the old school buildings were demolished, extensive earthworks had been undertaken. This included the construction of various retaining walls to accommodate the new facility.

Different surfaces were selected for each court depending upon the primary usage, either tennis or netball.

“The tennis courts will be an enormous benefit to students at St John’s.  We will also be making the courts available for use by community groups during evenings, weekends and school holidays, giving a real boost to the provision of sports facilities in the town.”

Dr Hazlewood, Headmaster

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WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS FC

Following the successful construction of Wolverhampton Wanderer’s 3G pitch at their Compton Training Ground in 2009, McArdle Sport-Tec Ltd were chosen by Wolves once more.

McArdle Sport Tec were selected to be a part of the construction of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC’s new £7 million Training Academy and Arena the ‘Sir Jack Hayward Ground’.

We carefully selected TigerTurf UK’s Soccer Real turf for this bespoke pitch as it is backed by FIFA’s 2-star accreditation. The project also included the construction of three macadam tennis courts, which needed to be completed in-time for the pitch opening ceremony.

The completion of the Wolves Academy & Arena marked the final piece of the club’s overall Compton Park development. The new world-class Academy will be utilised by St Edmund’s Catholic School, St Peter’s School, Wolverhampton Girl’s High School and Wolverhampton College, in addition to general community use and the hosting of Wolves Community Trusts’ various Social Inclusion, Health, Education and Community Sports projects.

The official opening in November 2014 was attended by MPs, Councillors, businesses, members of the local community and the public and private sector partners in the overall Compton Park development project, plus guests from football’s main governing bodies, and both current, and former, Academy / First Team staff and players. The installation of the new facility enhanced Wolves’ academy status to ‘Category One’ – the highest status that can be awarded by the Premier League’s academy accreditation system.

“The Wolves Academy & Arena will give our highly qualified coaches, and our young players from eight years of age upwards, every possible chance of maximising their potential by becoming successful professional footballers, hopefully making it through to the Wolves first team.”  Steve Morgan, Chairman at Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

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The Blundell’s School in Tiverton

McArdle Sport-Tec was chosen to install a new full size sand-dressed pitch with warm-up area at The Blundell’s School in Tiverton.

The project was delivered on budget and within the 16-week schedule. The sand dressed hockey pitch was officially opened in October 2009 by David Hacker, a former GB Player of the Year who also represented Great Britain in the Sydney Olympics.

We were later asked back to resurface the school’s netball courts and received a glowing reference.

“….it was a super project and your company was a pleasure to deal with from start to finish. Everyone who worked on site was very personable and helpful. The project was completed on time and on budget and the enlarged facility with two adjacent pitches creates a splendid venue of which we are very proud.”

David Chambers, Bursar, Blundell’s School

Hockey Pitch Construction

 “I cannot speak highly enough of McArdle Sport-Tec Ltd. They came through a competitive tender process and we were delighted with their performance in every respect. They are currently on site resurfacing the schools’ netball courts hence demonstrating our willingness to use them again.”

DAVID, BURSAR

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BALA TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB

On Monday 4th July 2016, McArdle Sport Tec commenced the construction of Welsh Premier League team, Bala Town FC’s new 3G football pitch.

The 3G football pitch construction process took approximately 12 weeks and included clearing the site and removing the natural turf surface, removing topsoil, installing a drainage system, laying the new synthetic surface, installing specialist sports fencing, team dug outs and testing the pitch to ensure it meets FIFA standards.

The project was been part-funded by Gwynedd Council, the Football Association of Wales and UEFA’s Hat Trick programme and was co-ordinated by specialist sports pitch consultant Jonathan Smith of GEO Turf Consulting whom McArdle’s have worked closely with on previous projects.

The new 3G football pitch construction has created much excitement for the club, Chief Executive of Bala Town FC, Nigel Aykroyd said: “This is the culmination of over 2 years of hard work and dedication to arrive at this project commencement stage. It is a huge investment for the future of the younger generation of sporting participation in Bala and its surrounding areas.

“Bala Town must thank considerably the help we have received from all its partners in this project which has enabled this development to transform from a distant dream to actual reality.”

Ruth Crump, Club Secretary, “We have played on many artificial pitches over the last few seasons and are very impressed with the pitch conditions which can only improve playing standards for our team. The new pitch will be used primarily by our First team and our Academy teams ranging from seven years old up to nineteen years old. However, we are in the process of setting up a ladies’ team who will also have access to the facility along with our veterans. Bala Town will be employing a Community Officer who will set up a new league and also tournaments for both children and adults. The pitch will also be available for community use by local schools and colleges.”

“A huge investment for the future of the younger generation of sporting participation in Bala and its surrounding areas.”

NIGEL AKROYD, CHIEF EXECUTIVE, BALA TOWN FC

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BRIDGEMARY SCHOOL

Bridgemary School in Hampshire had long suffered from a water-logged pitch which was making it difficult for the school and the local community to utilise the pitch during the winter months.

Due to these problems with their natural turf pitch they applied, and were successful, in receiving a £355,397 grant from the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund for a new all-weather pitch. Continue reading “BRIDGEMARY SCHOOL”

ETON COLLEGE

McArdle SportTec Ltd are very proud to have recently handed over a new full-size sand-dressed artificial turf hockey pitch at Eton College’s sports ground.

The college selected TigerTurf’s Evo Pro surface to deliver an all-weather hockey pitch which could be used all year round. They opted for special hockey world cup colours of dark green with a light green surround. Tested to FIH standards for hockey, this product is the most popular synthetic surface in the UK with over 100 pitches having been constructed to date.

 

The project involved the complete reconstruction of an existing dilapidated artificial turf pitch, measuring over 6,000sqm, the work included a partial new shock pad and dividing nets. The project was completed within budget and a week ahead of schedule, ready for the new school term.

 “The contract went very smoothly and to time. I was very pleased with the overall experience with McArdle from tender to completion. The finished pitch has been very well received by our hockey club and other recreational users.”

GROUNDS MANAGER,  ETON COLLEGE

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G4S NETBALL CENTRE

McArdle Sport Tec successfully constructed a tennis facility in East Grinstead with nine new netball courts.

We successfully won a tender to construct the G4S Netball Centre in East Grinstead. The project included the construction of nine tarmac netball courts with the addition of fencing, floodlighting and, a terraced spectator stand and access paths. The facility was built over three tiers and was funded by Mid Sussex Council, Sport England, National Sports Foundation and the G4S.

The new Netball Centre was officially opened by Phyllis Avery, the President of England Netball. This was followed by Scarlet Williams, who was a home grown England U21 player and the face of The G4S Netball Centre, playing in the opening match.

Just two months after the opening ceremony East Grinstead Sports and Social Club (G4S Netball Centre) won The Rose Award for contribution to the development of Netball at grass roots level. Continue reading “G4S NETBALL CENTRE”

WODSON PARK SPORTS CENTRE

When the old sand-based pitch at Wodson Park needed upgrading to a third-generation surface, McArdle Sport Tec were appointed.

McArdle Sport-Tec were selected to refurbish the existing pitch at Wodson Park Sports Centre which was to be created for community use, as well as by Wodson Park Rangers FC, Ware Lions FC, Bengeo Tigers FC and Bury Rangers FC. The site was also hoping to host a lunch-time league and to use the pitch for coaching education.

The project was made viable thanks to a £237,163 grant which was awarded to the Centre by the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund via the Football Foundation.

The new 3G pitch received lots of positive feedback on the day. Mark Prisk, MP for Hertford and Stortford said, “It was a privilege to officially open the new 3G pitch at Wodson Park. I know just how hard the Wodson Park Trust, alongside the Football Foundation and Hertfordshire FA, have worked to ensure that this project came to fruition. This refurnished facility will be of a tremendous benefit to local football clubs and community for many years to come .”

For the new pitch, measuring 101.9m x 62.70m we carefully selected TigerTurf UK’s Total Turf 60XQ carpet to meet with FIFA one star and FIFA two star performance standards.

Jan Stock, Chief Executive of the Wodson Park Trust commented, “I’d like to thank Mark Prisk MP and the Hertfordshire FA for opening our new 3G pitch. East Herts now has a fantastic football facility which will benefit the whole community and encourage sport participation at grassroots level.”

F2 Football Freestylers were invited, along with Mark Prisk, MP for Hereford and Stortford to attend the opening ceremony ad to cut the ribbon. The Freestylers, Billy Wingrove and Jeremy Lynch put on a show for everyone at the opening launch, a video can be seen here.

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The new state-of-the-art facility will serve to strengthen the connection between Hertfordshire’s professional clubs and the local community.

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ABERDEEN SPORTS VILLAGE

McArdle Sport Tec were delighted to be selected to provide two 3G pitches, an all-weather hockey pitch and a large athletics facility at Aberdeen Sports Village.

As part of a large construction project at Aberdeen Sports Village we were chosen to construct two full size 3G football pitches, a water-based hockey pitch and an athletics facility comprising of an indoor track and outdoor athletics tracks. The aim of the project was to provide the best indoor athletics facility in the North of Scotland.

Indoor Athletics: The indoor area comprises a bright blue, 135m six-lane running straight, with specific, fully-equipped areas for long and triple jump, high jump and pole vault. The indoor area also provides a state-of-the-art indoor throws cage, providing training opportunities for hammer, discuss, shot putt and javelin.

Outdoor Athletics: The outdoor area comprises of a 400m eight-lane running track.

Football: We installed a full-size indoor 3G football pitch, which was the first of its kind in the UK. The requirement was that the pitch could be split into three separate sections for community hire. Each section measures 60m x 32m.

Hockey: We construced a full-size FIH Global accredited hockey pitch adjacent to the outdoor athletics track. The water-based surface measured 97 x 61m and is complete with a full irrigation system, meeting the requirements for international hockey.

Our works at Aberdeen Regional Sports Village totalled over £1,000,000.

The stadium at Aberdeen Regional Sports Centre bears the name of the former vice-Chairman of the Aberdeen Football Club, who was an educational and sporting visionary and the driving force that helped take Aberdeen Footbal Club to the peak of European football in the 1980’s

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TILSLEY PARK

The Vale of White Horse District Council chose us to install two new all-weather pitches close to our Head Office.

McArdle Sport Tec completed the replacement of two full size, floodlit, sand-dressed monofilament synthetic pitches at Tilsley Park, Abingdon; Oxfordshire’s premier football and athletic centre.

The contract was appointed to us by the The Vale of White Horse District Council, we were particularly keen to be involved in this job as Tilsely Park is local to our offices. Some of our staff members and their partners play on these pitches with their local sporting clubs.

The pitches were constructed in 2013 and for this project we used Lano Hockey Revolution artificial turf carpet. The installation took thirteen weeks and cost approximately £380,000.

Pitch 1 involved uplifting the existing carpet and replacing it with a blue Lano carpet with a red surround, designed for multi-use games and preferred for hockey. Continue reading “TILSLEY PARK”

UNIVERSITY OF STIRLING

We submitted a successful tender to install two all-weather pitches at the University of Stirling in Scotland. This included a full-size 3G rugby surface and a sand-dressed hockey pitch.

After being designated Scotland’s “University for Sporting Excellence” in recognition of its contribution to Scottish sport, the University of Stirling sought two new playing surfaces in 2012. The University contacted specialist sports consultants Sports Labs Ltd to assist with their plans for the reconstruction of a full-size 3G artificial turf pitch and an FIH National tested Hockey surface. After submitting a tender for the new pitches, McArdle Sport-Tec were chosen for the installation.

The University needed a 3G carpet for rugby which met both IRB and FIFA one star and FIFA two star accreditations and which guaranteed a minimum of 20,000 playing hours, for this reason, TigerTurf UK’s Total Turf XQ with a 65m pile height was selected. For the hockey pitch, the popular sand-dressed Evo Pro surface by TigerTurf UK was chosen. This is fully compliant with the International Hockey Federation’s National standard.

Since the installation of the £525,000 facilities, the University of Stirling’s sport-centred campus has become a hub for the local community, bringing together the people shaping Scottish sport, their expertise and excellence.

“Since installing two new artificial sports surfaces, they have been very well used, and will continue to be used for many years to come. Our sports surfaces now match our strong and ever growing reputation within Scottish sport and will continue to help our players develop and perform well in competitive fixtures.” – Christie McNaughton, Project Manager at the University of Stirling.

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WEYDON SCHOOL

We worked with an consultant to install a range of sports surfaces at Weydon School.

We succesfully won a tender through a sports consultant MUGA UK. This was for a large sports facilitiy to be constructed at Weydon School in Farnham, Surrey.

The progamme saw the construction split into phases, the first stage began in September 2013 and was the installation of a 97.4m x 61m 3G pitch suitable for both hockey and football, to meet FA / FIH standards.

The next phase began in January 2014 and included the construction of a block of 6 colour coated tennis courts, to LTA standards, a retaining wall around the tennis courts and the construction of a 3G rugby pitch to RFU/FA standards, measuring 120 x 75m.

The final phase saw the construction of a long jump facility, to meet IAAF standards, 1 cricket square, to meet ECB standards and a non-turf cricket wicket.

The entire project was finished in April 2014 and totalled approximately £1.68m.

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JENNER PARK

McArdle Sport Tec were appointed to build a brand new full-size 3G football pitch at Jenner Park stadium.

Towards  the end of 2015, we were selected by the Vale of Glamorgan Council to construct a new all-weather pitch at Jenner Park stadium, the home of Barry Town United.

The new pitch had meet FIFA Quality standards for professional football. Due to the specific requirements and the number of hours the pitch will be played on we carefully selected TigerTurf’s Soccer Real 50mm pile height 3G monofilament synthetic surface.

Our construction progress was followed by many of Barry Town United’s fans and players on Twitter which created a buzz of excitement. During the build we unveiled a jug which had been buried under the old pitch, this has now been restored and sits proudly in the club rooms.

Jenner Park Stadium’s new pitch has been used by many teams since the opening just weeks ago, including Barry Town United FC, Barry Town United Disability FC and many youth and children’s teams. One of the advantages with playing on a 3G pitch is that it can be used in all-weather scenarios. Continue reading “JENNER PARK”

UNIVERSITY OF EXETER

The University took on a mammoth project over the Summer holidays which included the resurfacing of their existing rugby pitch.

In 2014 we were approached by The University of Exeter to submit a price to resurface their existing sports pitch.

The University’s brief was that they required a 3G sports surface to replace their existing artificial pitch. The surface had to be suitable primarily for men and women’s Rugby, but also for football, lacrosse and American football and ultimate frisbee. The pitch was to be used extensively with almost constant use, 7 days a week, during the university term so it was vital that it included floodlighting and that it was fenced.

Due to the demands of the usage pattern and the sports to be played a shock pad was required to meet with IRB Regulation 22.

The University also required the surface system to be accredited to FIFA 2 star standards. Taking all of the requirements into consideration, which we selected Tiger Turf UK’s Total Turf 60 XQ for this job.

We completed the project in late 2014 and it was very well received by the University and was part of £9 million over haul of facilities.  “To be able to offer incredible facilities and superb services to our students, staff and external members we know we must continue to improve and invest and strive for excellence. We hope that everyone is able to benefit for the sports facilities across all our sites.” Neil Sheppard, Assistant Director of Sport.

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AXE VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

We were proud to have been chosen to design and build a state of the art 3G pitch at Axe Valley Community College.

This pitch was to be the only full-sized 3G pitch within a 15-mile radius and was to be used by the college, the local community, local sporting clubs including Axminster Town AFC and Millwey Rise, as well as League Two side Exeter Town FC, who planned to use the facility to coach their development teams. Continue reading “AXE VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE”

HOLMES CHAPEL COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL

McArdle Sport Tec were given the task of designing and building a new 3G pitch at Holmes Chapel School in Cheshire.

McArdle Sport Tec were happy to have been appointed as the pitch contractor for the new 3G artificial turf pitch at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School. Working in conjunction with Gillespies Landscape Architects, we were able to develop a solution that met with the client’s requirements and budget.

The project involved the construction of a full-size 3G artificial turf pitch along with fencing, floodlighting, athletics facilities and extensive landscape works. The existing school playing fields were in poor condition due to difficult drainage and ground conditions which restricted the frequency that the pitches could be used in the winter months.

We carefully selected  TigerTurf’s Soccer Real 60mm pile height 3G turf laid upon an engineered macadam pitch base.  Tested to FIFA Quality, Soccer Real 60XQ is a third generation product that has been designed with the player in mind. A combination of unique yarn design, innovative backing structure and two tone fibre blend, produces a natural looking, resilient and highly durable surface with an eight-year guarantee.

The new facility was installed in the hope it will dramatically improve the physical education and teaching facilities of the school; It will also be a great asset to local residents and clubs as the intention is that the pitch can be used for community use at evenings and weekends.
Once the new pitch was unveiled, the school held a 5-a-side tournament with help from a special guest former student and pro footballer Dean Ashton.

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UCKFIELD COMMUNITY TECHNOLOGY COLLEGE

Uckfield Community College were awarded a grant from the Football Foundation and worked in partnership with Sussex County FA to get their 3G project off the ground.

The college strived to improve its sporting facilities to further solidify its position as a focus of community sport. We were excited to have been selected to design and build a new 3G pitch at Uckfield Community Technology College. The college worked tirelessly alongside All Weather Pitch for Uckfield working group (AWP4U) and in partnership with the Sussex County FA to secure a grant of over £200,000 from the Football Foundation.

In addition to the Football Foundation grant, the college received a grant from Sports England’s Inspired Facilities fund and monies from other organisations such as Uckfield Town Council, Uckfield Community College, East Sussex County Council, Uckfield Lions and local sports groups including Uckfield Grasshoppers and the Uckfield Rugby Club.

The new pitch is to be utilised by almost 2,000 pupils as well as local sports clubs. Additionally, the new pitch was completed with brand new goalposts funded with £500 from the Football Foundation through their Youth Goalposts scheme.

The brief for this project was to build a brand new 3G pitch which was to be utilised for rugby. In addition, local Football Clubs, the Uckfield Grasshoppers ’81 Junior Football Club and Uckfield Town FC required the use of the pitch for their weekly training sessions and for competitive league fixtures.

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STOWE SCHOOL

We constructed a first class athletics facility at Stowe School which was to be come a pre-games training centre for the 2012 Olympic Games

McArdle Sport-Tec was chosen to construct an eight lane athletics track in the sensitive surrounding of a National Trust property at Stowe School. The track was surfaced with a specially selected green system to meet the requirements of the school and the National Trust. The track was built to a very high specification, on budget and to the highest quality standards.

Lord Coe spent the afternoon at Stowe School observing its sports day and officially opening the new athletics area, which in both colour and environment friendliness, is the only green track in the UK. It has been selected as a pre-games training camp for London 2012 and it is hoped the facilities will be used by nearby residents as well as pupils at the school.

Lord Coe said: “These are fantastic facilities and it’s such a stunning setting. It’s a great asset to the school and the school is clearly a great asset to the community. Particularly in track and field, Stowe has a strong place in our history.. The idea of the pre-games training camps is that national committees and federations will base themselves in the UK before the games so that they prepare their athletes properly and make use of these kind of facilities. We would not have put Stowe forward as a training camp had the facilities not been world class.”

The new track cost more than £800,000 which was raised through contributions from Old Stoics. It has been named in honour of Dr David Donaldson, who was a teacher and coach at Stowe from 1957 until 1973 and helped pupils set records which still stand today. Also at yesterday’s event were decathlete Neil Crossley, Stowe’s new athletics coach who hopes to compete in London 2012, and Old Stoic Marilyn Okoko, who raced for Britain in the 4x400m women’s Olympic relay team in Beijing.

Dr Anthony Wallersteiner, headmaster of Stowe School, said: “This is the only running track of its kind between Milton Keynes and Oxford and it’s a facility for anyone with athletic ambitions. It gives us this wonderful new facility which will be suitable for young people to train and also for training before the next Olympics.”

“It’s an enormous leap forward for the school, both in terms of us as a centre of excellence for athletics and also in creating a community facility”

LORD SEBASTIAN COE

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THE BLANDFORD SCHOOL

McArdle Sport-Tec were selected to install a state-of-the-art all-weather pitch and three netball courts at The Blandford School.

The new pitch was funded in part by grants from the Premier League, the FA Facilities Fund and Dorset County Council. The project also included the refurbishment of three netball courts and the installation of floodlights.

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said “Congratulations to The Blandford School for working with the Dorset County FA to secure this Premier League & The FA Facilities Funding.

TigerTurf’s Total Turf 40 XQ carpet, made in the UK, was the best solution to provide the school with a quality surface suitable for both football and hockey.

Project Stats:
1 3G pitch (7420 sq. m area)
3 Netball Courts
Perimeter Fencing & Floodlighting

Sally Wilson, Headteacher at The Blandford School commented:

“On behalf of The Blandford School, I am writing to express my sincere gratitude for the work your team has been involved with in respect of our new artificial grass pitch and the refurbishment to our netball courts. The work has been completed on schedule and to a high standard.  The support from Richard Thornton and Paul Lockyer throughout the project was exceptional, and we would have no hesitation in recommending your organisation should that be helpful in the future. Please pass on our thanks to the entire project team.”

Despite being a complicated project due to being located within a conversation area and bordering a flood plain, the work was completed ahead of schedule.

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ASTON UNIVERSITY

In the Summer of 2015, we were selected to construct a new all-weather pitch at Aston University in Birmingham.

The University were successful in applying for a funding grant of £247,000 from Sport England to expand the number of community sport programmes the university could deliver with the aim to increase the number of 14-25 year olds regularly participating in sport in the area.

The new all-weather pitch was to replace Aston University’s most widely used pitch which, after 10 years of use was beginning to look tired and had some drainage problems.The new pitch had to be suitable primarily for hockey and also football, with each sport placing very different demands on the surface.

The university worked with a consultant who specified TigerTurf’s Evo Pro sand-dressed carpet as the perfect solution to bridge this gap, while offering a long-lasting pitch able to cope with a high level of use.

Clive Eals, project manager for the Estates and Capital Development department at Aston University, commented:

“The new pitch looks outstanding. Whereas the old pitch had a longer length and rubber crumb infill which wasn’t ideal for playing hockey, the new surface is made with a sand infill – although you wouldn’t know it as you have to go looking for the sand.

“It’s a beautiful, even surface and it just makes you to want to get out there and play sport, which is what we want for our students and the community.”

“We recognise that we have an important role to play in encouraging students to live healthy, active lifestyles and to continue playing sport during their period of academic study. Our new pitch will help us deliver on that commitment while also enhancing the facilities on offer to the local community at this important sports venue. We will also make the new facilities available to local schools during and after the school day. Looking ahead, the nature of our sporting complex will provide us with the exciting opportunity to host major sporting events, on a regular basis.” .”

MIKE KIRKMAN, DIRECTOR OF SPORT, ASTON UNIVERSITY

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MARLBOROUGH COLLEGE

We were approached by Marlborough College to reconstruct two of their existing near full-size artificial pitches.

The turf was to be laid upon a 15mm in-situ shockpad upon an engineered macadam base.
To meet FIH standards we carefully selected TigerTurf UK’s EvoPro carpet for both pitches.

The college had specified a blue playing surface surrounded with a green run-off area.

The project involved removing the old carpet on each pitch, designing and installing a new drainage system, designing and installation of a new sub-base and replacing the kerbing. To complete the project, the existing floodlighting system was removed and replaced with an 8 column, ultra-low glare 300 LUX system. The fencing was replaced and re-aligned and new kickboards were installed.

The project totalled approximately £640,000 and work was finished in the summer of 2013, on-time and within budget.

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