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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How 3G rugby pitches transform the game for clubs and players

The safety and maintenance benefits of 3G Rugby Pitches.

World Rugby believes that the technology used in artificial playing surfaces has improved over the years, making it far more beneficial for players. The increased use of 3G (third generation) rugby pitch construction has meant that World Rugby has needed to set a new standard for the types of surfaces used.

The World Rugby Artificial Turf Performance Specification requires surfaces to be tested and approved at manufacturer level for organisations involved in 3G rugby pitch construction. All manufacturers and organisations must comply with these regulations if they want their products to be used for rugby.

Regulations in 3G rugby pitch construction

The World Rugby Artificial Rugby Turf Performance Specification has been designed as an important regulation, meaning that rugby cannot be played on any type of pitch, unless it meets these standards, more specifically Regulation 22 and Law 1 of the Laws of the Game. As 3G rugby pitch construction technology evolves over time, it’s likely that the specifications will change, especially as more research is being carried out to advance artificial playing surfaces.

The benefits of a 3G rugby pitch

There are not only safety benefits to players but also hugely reduced maintenance requirements for rugby clubs, meaning there is a long-term cost saving to be made when maintaining pitches to a high standard. By comparing natural grass pitches with 3G artificial surfaces, the latter clearly offers further advantages, including:

• A more attractive looking pitch with no muddiness or worn out areas
• No need to mow or apply pesticides/treatments
• Porous layers for improved drainage
• Shockpad underlay making it much safer for players

Why are artificial surfaces better for players?

Innovative 3G technology uses a synthetic fibre which has been made to imitate real grass, using rubber and sand granules. The older synthetic surfaces were initially produced only using sand, but manufacturers have found that rubber helps the synthetic grass to stay upright, reducing friction burns and grazing for players. The artificial 3G surface usually has a pile length of around 60mm and to meet the World Rugby Head Impact Criteria regulations, alongside the Rugby Union accreditation, it must be installed over a separate shockpad.

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See our recent 3G rugby (and other sports) pitch projects in our latest case studies:

…or contact our team to find out if a 3G pitch is right for your organisation.

How your team can embark on the artificial 3G rugby pitch construction journey

The 3G artificial pitch construction process-

With the recent statement from the RFU suggesting they are looking to fund the construction of artificial 3G rugby pitches as part of their “AGP Programme”, and having installed one of the pilot pitches ourselves, we are increasingly being asked how the 3G artificial pitch construction process begins, and how clubs can apply to be part of the scheme.

When considering an artificial pitch, all aspects of the installation must be carefully considered. Not only do we need to provide you with the best quality turf and completed pitch, we need to ensure this is delivered on-time, within the club’s budget and to the highest customer service standard. In order to ensure we are able to offer the premium pitches we are renowned for, we will need to meet the main stakeholders so we can determine exactly what is required. There is no standard specification, all sites offer alternative challenges and conditions, drainage plans, logistics, specifications and budgets all differ.

A feasibility study begins with a free site visit to assess the potential site. Planning conditions are carefully considered and project designs are tailored to ensure individual conditions are adhered to. An extensive range of pitch options and specifications are discussed and a range of design options are presented to the club.

How can artificial 3G rugby pitch construction benefit your club?-

Artificial 3G rugby pitch construction provides clubs the opportunity to boost participation in the game. The main advantages include providing the opportunity for more playing hours, more training hours and a consistent surface which can be utilised throughout the year. As part of the RFU’s Rugby World Cup 2015 legacy promise of delivering over £50m investment over four years, they have pledged to develop 100 artificial grass pitches across England. Once all AGPs are built it is anticipated that grassroots rugby will see 16,000 new regular participants taking up the sport as a result of greater access to quality playing facilities across the country.

How can your club get on the list for potential funding for an artificial 3G rugby pitch?-

As far as we know there is no official application process for the RFU’s AGP strategy, should your club be looking to get on the RFU’s potential list you would need to speak with the RFU facilities manager in your area. A list of contacts and their details can be found here.

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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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Rugby Expo 2016

3rd & 4th November, Ricoh Arena

McArdle Sport Tec Ltd will be exhibiting at the Rugby Expo 2016 on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th November at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. Sports surface specialists will be available to provide the very best advice to aid sports construction and planning for both elite and community level rugby installations.

The exhibition opens its doors at 9am each day and will host a range of speakers from major rugby clubs, community clubs and the RFU.

“Day One- The first day of Rugby Expo is designed for those involved in the professional game of both rugby union and league. The event provides a unique chance to meet, network and attend a series of key note presentations and panel discussions form leading speakers, including CEO’s from Saracens, Wasps, Newport, Glasgow, St Helens, Premiership Rugby, as well as leading figures from World Rugby, Tickets.com and Sky Sports.

Day Two – The second day of Rugby Expo is designed for volunteers from community clubs to attend the event free of charge. Delegates can attend seminars, workshops and interactive panel discussions designed to be support the issues affecting community clubs.  This year’s content focuses on the changes in age grade rugby, strategies to support clubs retain younger players, how to integrate players from school to club rugby, the growth in women’s and girls rugby, the introduction of the RFU’s new funded artificial grass pitches programme and player welfare.”

McArdle Sport Tec will be available each day from 9am to assist with technical, budget and funding enquiries.

Visit McArdle Sport Tec at stand D1 to enter the prize draw for a chance to win 2 tickets to RBS 6 Nations – England V Scotland game at Twickenham on 11th March 2017  

McArdle Sport Tec & TigerTurf selected for RFU’s Artificial 3G Rugby Pitch Construction Pilot Scheme

McArdle Sport Tec and TigerTurf are pleased to have been selected as the contractor/manufacturer team appointed for the artificial 3G rugby pitch construction at major rugby club Hornets RFC, Weston-Super-Mare.  Working with TigerTurf, McArdle’s will be installing their new “Rugby 360” third-generation artificial turf at the club’s Hutton Moor Road site. The Hornets have been 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.  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.”

McArdle’s commenced the artificial 3G rugby pitch construction at Hornets RFC last week and the project is anticipated to be completed before the end of the year.

Hornets Rugby Football Club