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.