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.