On St Andrew’s Day in 2013, the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, attended the opening ceremony for one of our newly constructed hockey pitches.

St Andrew’s Prep School appointed McArdle Sport Tec for their new artificial hockey pitch construction project. For this installation, we used TigerTurf UK’s EvoPro carpet to meet with International Hockey Federation standards. The pitch measured approximately 100x60m and the project included the installation of drainage, a 15mm in-situ shock pad, and a tarmac layer beneath the surface.

Kate was a pupil of St Andrew’s from 1986-1995 and was invited by the school to officially open the new pitch. Kate formally opened the new pitch by unveiling a plaque, before meeting members of the school’s current hockey team and playing a quick game.

During the opening, Kate stated, “It was while I was here at school that I realised my love of sport. Sport has been a huge part of my life, and I feel incredibly grateful for the opportunities I had to get outside and play in such wonderful open spaces – though sadly there was nothing quite as glamorous as this in my time! I hope that you all enjoy playing sport here as much as I used to, and make the most of these incredible facilities.”

Click here to see The Dutchess of Cambridge playing hockey on the newly opened pitch.

Kate Middleton and students play on Hockey Pitch

“We are very happy with our new sand-dressed pitch. McArdle completed it on-budget and on-time and were a great team to work with, I would definitely consider them again for future work. The finished pitch looks fantastic and the children are really enjoying the great surface.”

Penny, Bursar

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