Dorothy Hyman Sports Centre, Barnsley
Football Foundation Framework Project – 3G Pitch Installation.
McArdle Sport Tec & TigerTurf completed a challenging 3G pitch installation in February; after winning a competitive tender for Dorothy Hyman Sports Centre in Barnsley.
The schedule of works included refurbishment and extension of an existing sand dressed pitch to build a new community 106 x 70m 3G pitch. The previous artificial pitch had been decommissioned in 2012 after it had been deemed unsafe. The new pitch layout includes an extension to the footprint playing area, as well as replacing the existing floodlighting and installing ball stop perimeter fencing.
Once groundworks had begun, we soon discovered that the foundations needed extensive works to remove 2000 cubic meters of solid rock formation inhibiting the progress of the planned works. Once this minor set back had been overcome, and foundations had been established, TigerTurf’s FIFA Quality & Quality Pro accredited product, Atomic Pro 60 had been laid over the engineered macadam base.
This facility was made possible due to a grant of £361,598 awarded by the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the largest sports charity in the UK, the Football Foundation. Funds are generated by the Premier League, The FA and Government via Sport England making these grants available to develop new and refurbished grassroots sporting facilities.
The pitch was officially opened on the 9th March by Premier League assistant referee Scott Ledger, and joined by Darren England, Stephen Lodge & Sir Stephen Houghton CBE. Attending guest of honour was infamous Olympic sprinter Dorothy Hyman which the sports centre is named after, who represented GB in the 100m and 200m events in the Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games in 1960 & 1964.
Scott Ledger, Premier League assistant referee, said:
“living locally. I know the impact that football has on our area and the good it can do for people. I am delighted to be joined by Darren and Stephen in officially opening this new all-weather pitch for the community, and I would like to thank the Premier League and the FA facilities fund for its investment in this fantastic project.”
“There has been a lot of excitement around the new development.
Many local teams are finding it difficult to expand because they don’t have the facilities to train and it can be expensive to travel outside the area, which is hindering their growth. “This new pitch will allow them to go from strength to strength”
John Millthorpe Contracts Manager