MANCHESTER UNITED FC
We have a long-standing working relationship with Manchester United Football Club. We appreciate that professional players require the best possible playing surface on which to perform, and understand that only the very best will do for such a high calibre club. We are proud to have installed numerous pitches for Manchester United at their training grounds.
2001: We worked with the club in 2001 to design a ‘caged’ outdoor artificial pitch at their Carrington Training Ground. The pitch was enclosed by nets to confine the balls. We also installed an indoor pitch at Manchester United’s The Cliff Training Ground in Salford. We received very positive feedback from the club and this was the start of many future pitch projects working closely with Clive Snell, the Facility Manager at Manchester United.
“Our first Astroplay pitch was a 40m x 40m pitch installed in a caged area. We were able to work with McArdle to ensure that this surface was used as a trial area and brought to the playing characteristics required by our coaching staff. McArdle worked very hard to ensure this was achieved and we are very grateful for their flexibility. We were then able to use these trials to ensure that the new surfaces installed at the Academy were of identical standard.” – Clive Snell.
2002: In 2002, we were appointed to construct the first full-size artificial pitch at the Trafford Training Centre in Carrington. For this outdoor 3G project we installed AstroPlay ‘R’ 55 carpet.
2009: When the indoor training pitch at Carrington was due for renewal, Manchester United contacted us once again. We installed 4,800sqm of Lano’s Profoot MXSi system, possibly the most advanced 3G system on the market at the time.
Clive Snell, Facilities Manager at Carrington, stated that Manchester United were “delighted with the installation”.
Unfortunately, shortly after installation, an external film crew who were recording on-site caused damage to the surface as they broke a light which contaminated the surface with glass and burnt the grass. The club called us back a week before Christmas to replace the pitch surface which we managed to completed in-time for Christmas.
“When we decided to replace our synthetic pitch we automatically chose McArdle Sport Tec as they had installed our original pitch. Our previous experience had shown us that McArdle Sport Tec provided a very high level of service and were able to deliver the project with a minimum of fuss. We are delighted with the installation of our new Monofilament pitch and McArdle Sport Tec once again demonstrated their ability to deliver a high quality project.” – Clive Snell.
2012: In 2012, we were contacted by the club to design and build another 3G cage and a polymeric surface. We used MXSi60 for the artificial turf pitch to match the indoor surface we installed in 2009. We are honoured to be part of Manchester Football Club’s continuous improvement process.
“The Academy have been using these surfaces since July of this year and it has received high acclaim from our coaches, players and visiting clubs. This has also been backed up by excellent after sales services.”
Clive Snell, Facility Manager, Man Utd FC