As the Six Nations gets into full swing, rugby players from clubs across the UK will be watching closely, and analysing top performers to pick up new skills.
But while they’re looking at the people, there’s one other key element that can really help teams to play at a professional standard: a 3G rugby pitch construction.
3G pitches are approved by the World Rugby, and offer fantastic benefits for clubs whatever league you’re playing in. Here’s why:
More time for play
Fed up of cancelling matches due to bad weather? 3G rugby pitch construction can be used all year round and in almost any weather thanks to its special design which allows water to drain through. The pitches are durable, and can stand far more hours of intense play per week than a natural pitch, and there’s no need to give it time to recover either – you won’t get muddy or worn-out areas.
This means that players can get much more practice under their belt for when tournaments come round. And there’s nothing lost in terms of playability, so you can get training and competition at a high standard.
Less chance of injury
3G artificial pitches are constructed to World Rugby Regulation 22 with synthetic rubber shockpads and in-fill materials that help to reduce abrasiveness and prevent players from getting friction burns when they’re grappling for the ball, or diving for a try.
A 3G synthetic turf system includes a specially designed shock-absorbing layer. When your players hit the ground, they can do so in the knowledge that they’ll be suitably protected by this and less likely to suffer injury.
Makes financial sense
Because it’s so durable, and can tolerate more play than a natural pitch, your club can raise further revenue by renting the 3G pitch out to other clubs or schools for Rugby or Football.
A 3G rugby pitch construction also doesn’t demand as much constant attention as a natural pitch – such as mowing, fertilising and line-painting – so the money you both save and generate can be invested back into your players to help them get match ready and ensure your club is all set for the long-term.
Brings green benefits.
Artificial turf lasts longer than natural turf and the pitch will require only a little regular maintenance. For instance you’ll need to make sure the surface remains permeable through ‘drag brushing’ to even out the infill and lift the pile of the carpet. This will help it to stay in excellent condition for the long-term and retain its excellent play characteristics – making it a really sustainable option.
Artificial turf is also recyclable. And because it’s artificial, you won’t need to apply environment-damaging pesticides or grass treatments, so it’s a great choice when considering your environmental credentials.
Meets world-class regulations.
The World Rugby Artificial Rugby Turf Performance Specification stipulates that pitches need to meet certain standards – with defined pile lengths, generally 60mm and shock pads. Pitches also need an up-to-date test certificate demonstrating compliance to World Rugby Regulation 22.
With McArdle Sport-Tec you can trust that we meet all the regulations to ensure you’re playing on professional standard artificial turf. We have a number of accredited pitches around the UK, including Shelford Rugby Club’s RFU Rugby 365 incentive pitch and the RFU’s 3G rugby pitch pilot scheme for Hornets RFC.
Make professional standard rugby your goal this year. If your university or club is looking to raise the bar with a 3G rugby pitch construction, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll talk you through your options.