The Importance of Artificial Pitch Maintenance

PITCH MAINTENANCE IS ESSENTIAL TO KEEP YOUR SPORTS SURFACE IN GOOD CONDITION AND IMPROVE ITS LONG-TERM PERFORMANCE.

In this guide, we’ll give you our top tips on how to maintain your pitch, from 3G surfaces used for rugby and football, to high level water-based hockey pitches.

Keeping your facilities well-maintained will make them last longer and shorten the length of time before you’ll need to resurface your artificial pitch! Proper pitch maintenance can also help you avoid player injuries and flooding or drainage issues in poor weather conditions, as well as generally improving your playing surface to allow those using it to play to the best of their ability.

Although the maintenance requirements are lower compared to a natural grass pitch, no pitch is completely maintenance-free, and there are a number of areas to consider if you want it to function for years to come.

PITCH LOCATION

Before you even think about installing a new pitch, you should work with your sports pitch consultant and specialist contractor to ensure it is built in the best position to protect it from the elements. Ideally, your pitch would be situated away from any grassed areas that players, spectators and maintenance teams might need to cross before stepping onto it. This will help to reduce the amount of mud, debris and contaminants coming onto the synthetic surface and prolong the playing quality and lifespan of your pitch.

You can also keep the area around the pitch looking clean and tidy by installing tarmac paths leading to the pitch, landscaping with non-shedding trees, and even installing artificial turf warm-up areas so the pitch doesn’t get covered with mud.

ROUTINE MAINTENANCE

One of the most fundamental aspects of maintaining a pitch is checking on it regularly! Small tasks such as keeping the pitch clear of litter, leaves, twigs, mud, and any unwanted growth, i.e. weeds around the edges, can significantly help your pitch in the long term. This will also improve the visual aesthetic of the pitch and prevent it from looking worn down or dirty.

APPROPRIATE FOOTWEAR

Another crucial part of pitch maintenance is to ensure that the correct footwear is worn. Wearing the wrong shoes can cause damage to the surface of the pitch, and injury to those wearing them. It is advisable to make sure that all who use the pitch are aware of what the appropriate footwear is, and provide signage to remind them of the rules.

For 3G pitches, this is particularly relevant, as flat-soled shoes and boots can increase the rate of infill compaction and flatten the carpet pile (which we want to keep upright). We advise only wearing moulded or screw-in stud football boots on a 3G field.

REGULAR BRUSHING

Relying on a bi-annual pitch maintenance service will not be sufficient to keep your pitch in good condition. Weekly brushing helps to keep the synthetic fibres upright on both hockey pitches and 3G pitches. On 3G pitches especially, this will help to protect the infill from compaction and further damage to the surface. We recommend using a drag brush behind a tractor for the best results. It’s particularly important to brush over heavy traffic areas such as pitch entrances and goals.

INFILL TOP-UPS

It is important to keep an eye on your pitch’s infill to ensure the levels are not too low (with the exception of water-based hockey pitches, which have no infill). Those small rubber pieces you find in 3G artificial pitches, or the silica sand in hockey pitches, are there to support the fibres and keep them upright. However, over time, some infill will leave the pitch in players’ boots or just from flying about during play or in windy conditions, so you should keep an eye on your infill levels whilst brushing to prevent shortages and surface damage.

Have a walk around your sports pitch whenever you get a chance. Take a look to see if the fibres are bending over in places, or if excess infill is gathering around the edges. This could mean that there are uneven or low levels of infill on the pitch. This often happens in areas such as the goal mouth. If you are unable to do this yourself, hiring an expert company to thoroughly inspect the pitch for any tearing or loosening of any seams, and to top up infill levels if they are running low, will contribute massively to the upkeep of the pitch.

REMOVAL OF MOSS AND ALGAE

The build-up of moss and algae is particularly common in water-based pitches, as naturally the frequent presence of water means that they are far more susceptible to it. This is more likely to occur in cases where the surface suffers from poor airflow, poor sunlight and improper drainage, so it’s a good idea to ensure these needs are met when installing your pitch.

Various treatments are available to eradicate moss and algae, and you might want to consider a deep clean if the pitch becomes dirty over time.

WINTER MAINTENANCE

As long as your pitch has a good drainage system, the only weather conditions that could potentially stop you from using it are snow and ice. Heavy snowfall can freeze the fibres and make them brittle, increasing the risk of damage to both the pitch and the players. If this does occur, sometimes the easiest solution is to close the pitch until it thaws and becomes safe to use, but we do appreciate that this can result in cancelled fixtures and bookings, potentially leading to loss of important revenue and customers.

Once the snow has settled on the surface, it is very difficult to move, particularly if it has been left for a day or longer. If it can be moved, then you will have to consider where to stockpile it until it melts, and make sure that the essential rubber or sand infill is not removed in the process!

However, as with many things, prevention is better than a cure: laying Pure Dried Vacuum (PDV) salts on the turf before forecasted snow or ice can help to prevent freezing from happening in the first place, protecting your pitch and reducing your downtime. You should avoid using other products, such as rock salt or grit, because once they dissolve, they could cause contamination and damage to the playing surface. Chemical-based solutions do work, but they can be costly and offer little in the way of residue life.

EDUCATING PLAYERS

You should let your teams and players know how important it is to look after a sports pitch! McArdle Sport Tec can install team boot brushes if required to help reduce mud on the pitch. Every pitch we build as standard has an information board erected clearly listing the ‘Dos and Don’ts’, including footwear guidelines, and rules such as no eating & drinking and no dogs on the pitch. This will help ensure that the the pitch is treated with respect.

 

McArdle Sport Tec recommend that you conduct regular pitch maintenance to ensure that any issues are identified early, prolonging the life of your pitch and keeping the players safe.

Why it’s important to resurface your sports pitch

Once you’ve had a good-quality synthetic turf pitch installed, it will typically last for around a decade, depending on how heavily it’s used.

Resurfacing the pitch after this time is important if you want to maintain a high-quality surface for the smoothest play possible. If you leave it too late, the pitch could become waterlogged and unsafe to play on. To avoid this, it’s best to think about sports pitch resurfacing sooner rather than later.

How can I tell if my pitch needs resurfacing?

You’ll know when your sports pitch has reached the end of its life if you see any of these warning signs:

  • Surface looks worn and shabby
  • Seams are coming loose and splitting apart
  • Drainage is not working properly, leading to waterlogging

So, if it’s been several years since your sports pitch was installed and you notice any of these issues starting to creep up, it’s probably time to think about getting it resurfaced. Don’t wait until it’s on its last legs!

What are the benefits of sports pitch resurfacing?

Resurfacing your artificial turf pitch can benefit your sports club or organisation in many ways. For example:

It’s safer. When your pitch starts to show its age, the surface may get slightly lumpy, or the seams may tear, causing tripping hazards. Excess water on the pitch could also make play unsafe and lead to injury.

It looks smarter. A worn out and scruffy-looking pitch is going to appear less professional than a fresh, brightly coloured new one. Having it resurfaced will therefore make a big impact on the public image of your facility.

Play will be smoother. As the main purpose of your pitch is to allow sports to be played to the highest standard possible, having it resurfaced will ensure ball bounce, roll, and slide are working at optimum condition.

It allows you to incorporate new technological advancements. New designs and technology are always being developed to make artificial sports pitches as realistic and effective as possible. This means that incredible new surface types which could really benefit your club may have become available since you last updated your pitch.

Will this affect my pitch accreditation standards?

Artificial pitches will require re-testing on a periodic basis by an accredited Field Testing and Certification body, ensuring that the facility complies with mandatory governing body standards and that the pitch maintains its original classification.

Providing the pitch passes the required ‘re-tests’, the facility will be accredited once more to a specific governing body and classification, whether this is FIH, FIFA or WR Reg 22 standards. This establishes that the facility is still ‘fit for purpose’ and being managed and maintained to the required standards.

Once your pitch has reached the end of its lifespan, the Field Testing and Certification body will no longer be able to pass your facility. At this point, you will know that it is absolutely essential to arrange a refurbishment of the artificial carpet as soon as possible, and once completed, apply for a new test on the resurfaced pitch to obtain your pitch classification once more.

What can McArdle Sport Tec do?

We’ve delivered many sports pitch resurfacing projects for a range of clients, with great results. For instance, we’ve refurbished hockey pitches at Eton College, reconstructed and extended an existing sand-dressed hockey pitch into a full sized 3G sports pitch for for the Dorothy Hyman Sports Centre in Barnsley, and resurfaced a 3G pitch for Huish Episcopi Academy. For more detail on what we’ve done, read some of our case studies.

Whatever standard of sport you’re playing, we’ve got a first-class pitch to suit your needs. If your sports pitch is looking worse for wear and could benefit from resurfacing, it’s important that you get it sorted as soon as possible to restore it to a high quality. Get in touch with us today for a quote.

Dorothy Hyman Before Sports Pitch Resurfacing

Dorothy Hyman Sports Centre – Before Resurfacing

Dorothy Hyman Sports Pitch Resurfacing

Dorothy Hyman Sports Centre – After Resurfacing

Northern Area Playing Fields

Community sport in Sunderland gets a boost as partners TigerTurf & McArdle Sport Tec complete major Parklife Football Hub.

Four new artificial grass pitches (AGPs), including one World Rugby Reg 22 compliant AGP, were officially handed over in November 2019 to Sunderland City Council. The Northern Area Playing Fields Parklife project will also benefit from a full-size natural turf pitch, pavilion, and 321 parking bays.

Working in partnership with TigerTurf, McArdle Sport Tec were delighted to have been selected as the manufacturer/contractor for Northern Area Playing Fields Parklife project through the Football Foundation.

In 2018, the Football Foundation and funding partners selected Sunderland City Council for three Parklife football hubs locations totaling £18m.

The Parklife Football Hubs are funded by the Premier League, The FA, the Government, Sport England, and Sunderland City Council, with the charity, the Football Foundation, overseeing the project delivery.

What differentiates ‘The Parklife Programme’ to the FA’s the ‘Premier League & FA Facilities Fund’?

The ‘Parklife Programme’ is the creation of new multi-pitch artificial football hubs installed in high demand areas, which typically will have a minimum of two artificial pitches, changing accommodation, and potentially a natural grass pitch.

McArdle Sport Tec understand the importance of our clients investing into unique world class education sports facilities. We work with our clients to offer unique and innovative designs and installations, ensuring all our clients receive a sports pitch which not only meets but exceeds their expectations. Contact us to find out more: call 01491 827810 or email enquire@mcardlesport.co.uk

Northern Area Playing Fields
Northern Area Playing Fields Rugby 3G WR Reg 22 pitch

The aim of the ‘Parklife Programme’ is to create sustainable football facilities contained within hub sites, which differs from traditional football investment streams as the funding partners are keen to see a portfolio approach that provides an area-wide solution rather than a one-off site investment.

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Reading Football Club

Bearwood Park – New Football Training Ground

McArdle Sport Tec were delighted to have been appointed as the Main Contractor to construct an impressive and modern football training ground at Bearwood Park for Reading Football Club.

This prestigious state-of-the-art facility comprises 11 football pitches including a first team training pitch with undersoil heating, an artificial grass pitch & two full-sized hybrid stitched natural turf pitches.

In addition to the sports pitches, McArdle Sport Tec also built two new visitors’ changing rooms, refurbished the existing grade II listed Park Lodge and constructed the first team pitch and visitors’ car park.

Reading Football Club purchased 120 acres of land in 2013 to enable the new development. The land historically was once part of the Windsor forest & Royal hunting grounds, later redeveloped in 1970 as Bearwood Golf Club.

Reading Football Club are one of the oldest teams in England, established in 1871, and currently play in the Championships. Known to their fans as ‘The Royals’, their mantra is ‘Build, Evolve and Succeed’.

These new facilities are vital for Reading Football Club to sustain the Category One Academy status, and to withstand the growing demands of this progressive football club.

Bearwood Park Pitches
Bearwood Park
Hybrid Pitches - Bearwood Park
Reading FC 1st team pitch.
Reading FC pitches
Reading FC pitches
Pitches at Reading FC
3G pitch at Bearwood Park
Reading FC 1st team pitch

“The construction process has been an intensive and a lengthy process, we initially broke soil in September 2017 and completed the project in June 2019. The playing pitches and contemporary buildings are surrounded by tranquil scenic woodland and beside a 20-hectare lake.”

Steve Barclay – Estimating Director

 

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Kett’s Park – Wymondham

Cancelled matches and waterlogged games will be a thing of the past at Kett’s Park.

TigerTurf and partners McArdle Sport Tec were delighted to install our second artificial grass pitch for South Norfolk Council using TigerTurf Atomic Pro 60. We originally built a full-size artificial football pitch at Long Stratton back in 2016.

The artificial pitch installation was funded by a combination of funds from South Norfolk Council, £250,000 from the Community Infrastructure Levy via the Greater Norwich Growth Board and £394,292 through The Premier League and FA Facilities Fund, delivered by the Football Foundation.

We were delighted to have received a touching letter of gratitude from Mark Heazle, Community Leisure Manager at South Norfolk Council:

“Thanks to Shaun and Jamie, and the rest of the team for another fantastic AGP installation at Kett’s Park. This is our second artificial grass pitch which has been delivered by McArdle’s and TigerTurf through the FA framework, following the Long Stratton project. Once again we have been left with a brilliantly finished project that will benefit the local footballing community for years to come.

“Both Shaun and Jamie have been a pleasure to work with again. I have no hesitation in recommending McArdle’s to others looking to deliver high-quality AGP’s for their local residents.”

Kett’s Park new artificial pitch installation was officially opened by former Norwich City striker Grant Holt, alongside Councillor Yvonne Bendle.

Grant Holt commented:  “It is brilliant because the kids now will know that every week their game isn’t going to get called off. I know from when I was young that there’s nothing more frustrating than when you haven’t played all week, you want a game and it gets called off. This has cost a lot of money and it’s taken a lot of hard work to get it through.”

The former striker said he was keen for kids get outside and enjoy sports in all types of weather, and that the artificial playing surface would make it easier to avoid injuries – “You look at some of the local pitches at the moment and they are not in the best shape.”

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “Grassroots sport plays an important role in communities across the UK, creating opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds. That is why I am delighted that Ketts Park Community Centre has now opened their state-of-the-art 3G AGP in Norfolk, thanks to investment from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund.

Synthetic Pitch Construction

The funding partners through the Football Foundation have provided 212 grants worth £6.8m across the whole of Norfolk County FA region since 2000.

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It’s a Parklife!

The Parklife venture, delivered by the Football Foundation and funded by the Football Association, The Premier League and Sport England, has been a huge success.

parklife programme

McArdle Sport Tec and partners TigerTurf have been involved in numerous Football Foundation ‘Premier League and FA Facilities Fund’ projects, for example, Falmouth School, Dorothy Hyman and Ilkley Town, but we are immensely proud to have built 10 out of 20 existing ‘Parklife Sports Hubs’ football pitches to date.

The ‘Parklife Programme’ is a five year, £200-million pound investment which was introduced in 2016 by the Football Association, The Premier League and Sport England, and is delivered by the Football Foundation.

Our completed Parklife Projects:

McArdle and partners TigerTurf were selected for the first Parklife project in Sheffield, installing two new artificial football pitches at Thorncliffe Recreation Ground in 2016.

Since 2016, we built a further Parklife project in 2017 for Ealing Council which involved two full-size artificial football pitches at Rectory Park.

In 2018, two further Parklife hubs in Liverpool, built by McArdle Sport Tec and partners TigerTurf, were officially opened:

Jericho Lane Playing Fields consisting of two full size artificial pitches and one full size WR Reg 22 artificial rugby pitch completed in November 2018.

Heron Eccles Playing Fields opened their new Parklife hub in October 2018 with three new artificial football pitches.

In total, partners TigerTurf and McArdle Sport Tec have been awarded and completed 4 out of the 8 Parklife hubs opened to date.

The ‘Parklife Programme’ is still an ongoing venture, and at present a further 5 Parklife hubs are under construction, totalling 15 artificial football pitches to be built.

TigerTurf and McArdle were awarded the Gunnersbury Park Parklife project and the Northern Area Playing fields for Sunderland Parklife.

McArdle are currently on-site at Gunnersbury Park, preparing foundations to install two new synthetic football pitches, having appointed a new groundswork team and newly acquired Komatsu dozer and digger. Groundworks are also well underway at Northern Area Playing fields, installing a total of three artificial football pitches plus a WR Reg 22 artificial rugby pitch.

What differentiates ‘The Parklife Programme’ to the FA’s the ‘Premier League & FA Facilities Fund’?

The ‘Parklife Programme’ is the creation of new multi-pitch artificial football hubs installed in high demand areas, which typically will have a minimum of two artificial pitches, changing accommodation, and potentially a natural grass pitch.

The aim of the ‘Parklife Programme’ is to create sustainable football facilities contained within hub sites, which differs from traditional football investment streams as the funding partners are keen to see a portfolio* approach that provides an area-wide solution rather than a one-off site investment. Local authorities managing areas with a population of over 200,000 are invited to access the Parklife programme.

The ‘Premier League & FA Facilities Fund’ focuses on installing individual pitches in high demand areas.

The fund is available to football clubs, schools, local sports associations and councils, providing grants for building new or refurbishing existing grassroots facilities, including changing pavilions and artificial pitches.

*A portfolio approach is where Local Authorities develop proposals for multiple (i.e. a minimum of two) Parklife hub sites. The Parklife model is based on sufficient surplus revenue being generated from hub sites to re-invest in the grassroots game, which would not be possible at single sites.

Thorncliffe Recreation Ground
Heron Eccles
Heron Eccles

“To say we are proud to have built half of the current Parklife hubs to date is an understatement. McArdle’s team are hard at work on our next two Parklife projects: Gunnersbury Park and Northern Area Playing Fields; preparing foundations for the next 5 artificial pitches for this Parklife venture.”

Steve Barclay, Estimating Director at McArdle Sport Tec

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FORMER MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY – ALSAGER SPORTS PITCHES

McArdle Sport Tec were delighted to work with David Wilson Homes, developing the former MMU Campus in Alsager.

The land at the MMU is now owned by David Wilson Homes, who redeveloped the site to create a number of new build houses and provide new sports pitches and amenities at the council-owned ‘Alsager Leisure Centre’.

McArdle Sport Tec installed two new artificial sports pitches and a further five natural grass pitches. The new FIH National Standard sand-dressed hockey pitch plus a Full Size FIFA Quality Standard 3G Artificial Sports Pitch for football are now complete with associated fencing and flood lighting, all 7 pitches costing nearly £1.5 Million pounds. David Wilson Homes have also constructed a new pavilion, changing rooms and car parking.

Councillor Don Stockton, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “This is fantastic news for Alsager as it will see new playing pitches and a range of sports and leisure amenities provided for the residents of the town.

The council is committed to providing quality leisure and sports facilities as part of our policy to help our residents to live long and healthy lives. With the council’s independent trust Everybody Sport and Recreation taking over management of the facilities, this is expected to meet the requirements set out by Sport England to ensure the town’s leisure and sports offer is protected and sustained.”

Mark Wheelton – Lesiure & Cultural Services Manager at Cheshire East Council:

“Cheshire East Council have recently taken transfer of the Alsager Sports Hub, a multi sport outdoor site delivered as part of a Section 106 Agreement with David Wilson Homes. The pitches, both grass and artificial and wider grounds elements were delivered on behalf of the developer by McArdle Sport Tec.

The completed project is of a very high specification, with the artificial pitches (both football and hockey) being constructed to National Governing Body accreditation levels.

Throughout the construction process the company and team worked closely and extremely well on behalf of the developer with both the Council, NGB’s and local sports clubs to ensure that the completed facility met not only the required specification but one that took into account the local sport club needs. This additional communication element gave confidence in the completed build and one where those local clubs are playing and developing on the highest quality facility. In addition the wider ground works, including footpaths within the site and what will be retained as public open space is also giving an added community dimension to the facility over and above sport.”

Sand Dressed Pitch
Sand Dressed Hockey Pitch

“It was fantastic to be involved in such spectacular transformation. The grounds for the former Manchester Metropolitan University have been completely redeveloped, creating an amazing community sports area for both hockey and football.

Geoff White, Contracts Manager at McArdle Sport Tec

 

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Southfield grange trust – community artificial grass pitch

Football Foundation framework project with partners TigerTurf UK

Southfield Grange Trust officially opened their community artificial grass pitch on Sunday the 16th September. Partners TigerTurf won this competitive project through the Football Foundation framework, and McArdle Sport Tec completed the pitch installation in 2017.

Southfield Grange were awarded £312,837.00 from the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation.

The financial investment enabled the trust to replace their existing sand dressed pitch with a new 101 x 63m floodlit 3rd generation grassroots football pitch. Since the artificial grass pitch was developed, the number of clubs have increased from an impressive 25 to 84 football clubs.

The Football Foundation funding partners have invested 19.9million pounds towards grassroots football in the West Riding region since 2000.

Partner clubs and teams benefiting from the new facilities include:

Bradford City FC, Wyke Wanderers, Campion AFC, St Bede’s Old Boys FC, Bradford Park Avenue FC, One in A Million Charity, Phoenix Junior FC, Shelf JFC, West Bowling ARLFC, Bradford Disability FC and the West Riding FA.

Southfield Grange Trust community artificial grass pitch

Darren Vidamour, Centre Manager Southfield Grange trust, said:
“On behalf of the trust, I would like to thank the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund for providing the necessary funding, support and professional advise to enable us to replace a tired and outdated pitch with a FIFA accredited community artificial grass pitch which a whole host of local clubs both amateur and professional can use.”

“Not only will the students and staff greatly benefit but also the surrounding community. The various clubs that are using the facility have provided us with fantastic feedback and we are very proud to offer such a fantastic facility in an area that really did need the investment.”

“The pitch has given us a fantastic base for training, our opponents look forward to the Bede’s home games and the players are proud of their home ground. The use of the pitch over the summer has allowed us to maintain training all season and we have been able to host friendly matches and trials for our new academy.  With more facilities like this, local football would see an upward trend in participation.”

Danny Burke, Club Secretary of St Bede’s Old Boys School

 

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Dorchester Town FC – the avenue stadium

McArdle Sport Tec were delighted to be appointed as Principle Contractor to install the new 3rd Generation Artificial Pitch at The Avenue Stadium.

Founded in 1880, Dorchester Town Football Club are a semi-professional football club playing in the Southern League Premier South; based at The Avenue Stadium – land which is owned by the Duchy of Cornwall.

The club have worked extremely hard to make this 3G pitch project possible with the vision of creating a community football hub & increasing the available playing hours to 80 hours per week, opening further opportunities for new teams and offering summer football camps.

3G AGP project history:

The project was funded through a Section 106 grant from West Dorset District Council, awarding the club 50% of the money they needed for a new 3G pitch; this was fantastic news for the club. They were left with the challenge of raising an additional £252,000.00 which is no small feat; some of the funds were already in place, but the remainder was reliant on successful grants and fundraising.

‘Pitch for the community’ campaign:

The club raised an amazing £21,000 through a unique ‘pitch for the community’ crowdfunding campaign, selling virtual squares of the artificial 3G pitch in exchange for sponsorship. This proved to be a massive success and all original 100 squares were sold out in 3 days, the club decided to create 40 additional squares for sponsorship due to its popularity.  Donations for this campaign were matched by Dorchester Town Council and Dorset County Council, resulting in each £50 ‘3G pitch square’ increasing to £150.

McArdle Sport Tec were delighted to be awarded this contract and install this influential 3G pitch, converting the stadium’s natural turf grass to a state of the art 8424m2 3rd generation football pitch.

The club opted for the unique TigerTurf Ecocept engineered performance base layer.

This innovative porous pavement, specifically developed for synthetic turf athletic playing surfaces, integrates seamlessly with the synthetic turf enhancing biomechanical performance.

Ecocept combines several critical functions in one layer:
– Structural stability in a fully bound and stabilised base.
– Consistent shock absorbency across the entire field, reduced amount of infill and infill splash.
– Shock absorbency that meets FIFA requirements.

“This new development allows Dorchester Town FC to play a much bigger part in our local community and we are delighted to be able to open up our state-of-the-art facility to everyone in the area.”

Matt Lucas, Dorchester Town Football Club Chair

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WESTON-SUPER-MARE AFC – WOODSPRING STADIUM

McArdle Sport Tec build 3G AGP at Weston-Super-Mare AFC after Partners TigerTurf are awarded Football Foundation project through RLF.

John Penrose MP officially opened Weston Super Mare AFC’s new 3G artificial football pitch facilities on the 1st June. The project, which was first planned in 2011, was funded by a £642,727 grant from the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund, delivered by the Football Foundation.

The club’s previous natural turf pitch could not support the back-to-back fixtures and became unusable during the winter months.

Since 2000, the Football Foundation have invested 222 grants worth £9.6m towards grassroots projects worth £21m across the whole of Somerset.

John Penrose, MP for Weston-Super-Mare said:
“It is fantastic that this new artificial football pitch is going to have such a positive effect on grassroots football for our area, through investment from the Premier League and the FA Facilities Fund. Weston-Super-Mare AFC will now be able to cater for more local youngsters getting involved in the game, thanks to the increased capacity their new artificial football pitch provides. I am honoured to officially unveil this brand-new 3G facility for them.”

Weston-Super-Mare 3G Pitch

Oliver Bliss, Managing Director, Weston-Super-Mare AFC, said:
“I would like to thank John Penrose MP, Peter Trego, Somerset CCC & Scott Murray, Bristol City FC, for opening this 3G facility. I would also like to thank the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund for making this project possible. It is such a good artificial football pitch facility that so many people have been looking forward to the opening, it will be a great experience now for all of our junior and academy teams. For everyone involved, the players, the parents, the coaches and the club, this will have a major knock-on-effect on the quality of grassroots football in the area and it will improve the numbers that are participating in the sport and also the quality.”

Football Foundation Framework Project

Description:
New 106 x 70m community Artificial Football Pitch & MUGA, including fencing, removing existing floodlights and replacing with new floodlighting.

Specification:
Suitable for football and to achieve performance testing in accordance with requirements of FIFA Quality.

Artificial Grass:
TigerTurf Atomic Pro 60

Where:
Woodspring Stadium, Winterstoke Road, Weston-Super-Mare, BS24 9AA.

Start Date: 15/01/2018

Completion Date: 30/04/2018

“This has taken a lot of time and a lot of work, but once the funding was in place it has happened very fast, in just 12 weeks.  It’s a great facility and it enables us to double the size of our academy.”

Oliver Bliss, Managing Director of Weston-Super-Mare AFC

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PLYMPTON ACADEMY – FOOTBALL FOUNDATION 3G PITCH

McArdle Sport Tec and partners TigerTurf’s 3G Football pitch is officially opened on the 29th April

A new 4108m2 3G football pitch and additional MUGA was officially opened on the 28th April by former Plymouth Argyle player, Ian Stonebridge.

Plympton Academy, Ridgeway School and the local community are enjoying these new facilities, which have only been made possible due to £397,013 awarded from the Football Foundation through the Premier League and FA Facilities Fund. The Academy and local community raised an additional £10,250 in 28 days through a crowd funding campaign to support the replacement of their existing natural turf pitch.

The academy’s grass pitch proved to be consistently unreliable, resulting in many training sessions and games being cancelled due to hazardous playing conditions. The new facilities also benefit from LED floodlighting, which will allow for longer and flexible playing hours, encouraging new members and teams all year round.

Partners TigerTurf were awarded the contract after a scrutinising tender process through Robinson Low Francis. Working in partnership with TigerTurf, McArdle Sport Tec started initial groundworks in November 2017 and completed the project 9 weeks later, laying TigerTurf’s Atomic Pro 60 artificial grass and achieving FIFA 1 Star status.

Football Foundation & the Premier League and FA Facilities Fund:

“The Football Foundation is the UK’s largest sports’ charity. Funded by the Premier League, The Football Association and the Government, the Foundation directs £30m every year into grassroots sport.

The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund provides grants for building or refurbishing grassroots facilities, such as changing pavilions and playing surfaces for community benefit, with money provided by the Premier League, The FA and the Government (via Sport England) and delivered by the Foundation.”

www.footballfoundation.org.uk

Official figures up to April 2018 show that the Football Foundation have completed 134 projects, with partners TigerTurf and McArdle Sport Tec building the majority of the 40 Football Foundation 3G pitches so far.

“Plympton has needed a 3G facility for a great number of years. We are currently sending teams across the city for training facilities and have numerous match games postponed owing to the weather. This facility will allow the club to train at the same location and provides a fantastic sporting venue for the local community.”

Teresa Hill, Secretary Chaddlewood Miners AFC

“This is an exciting opportunity for Plympton and this new sporting development further underpins our commitment to our local community. With the provision of the 3G pitch, our growing student numbers, their families and the wider Plympton community are guaranteed a superb facility where they can enjoy football, whatever level they’re playing at.”

Ms Boorman, Principal Ridgeway School

“Our students and the local community will enjoy many years of use thanks to the generous support of the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund.  This new facility represents a considerable improvement in grassroots sport for Plympton and the academy will continue to work with the local community to maximise access to our facilities.”

Teresa Lakeman, Business Director, Plympton Academy

 

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Dorothy Hyman Sports Club – Artificial Pitch Resurface

McArdle Sport Tec and TigerTurf’s 3G Football Foundation pitch officially opened on the 9th March.

McArdle Sport Tec & TigerTurf completed a challenging 3G pitch installation in February, after winning a competitive tender to resurface an existing artificial pitch for Dorothy Hyman Sports Centre in Barnsley.

The schedule of works included refurbishment and extension of an existing sand-dressed pitch to build a new 106 x 70m community 3G pitch.

The previous artificial pitch had been decommissioned in 2012 after it had been deemed unsafe. The works on the new pitch layout included building an extension to the footprint playing area, replacing the existing floodlighting, and installing ball stop perimeter fencing.

Once groundworks had begun, we soon discovered that the foundations needed extensive works to remove 2000 cubic meters of solid rock formation, inhibiting the progress of the planned works. Once this minor setback had been overcome, and foundations had been established, TigerTurf’s FIFA Quality & Quality Pro accredited product, Atomic Pro 60, had been laid over the engineered macadam base.

This facility was made possible due to a grant of £361,598 awarded by the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the largest sports charity in the UK, the Football Foundation. Funds are generated by the Premier League, FA, and Government via Sport England, making these grants available to develop new and refurbished grassroots sporting facilities.

The pitch was officially opened on the 9th March by Premier League assistant referee Scott Ledger, and joined by Darren England, Stephen Lodge & Sir Stephen Houghton CBE. Attending guest of honour was infamous Olympic sprinter Dorothy Hyman, who the sports centre is named after. She represented GB in the 100m and 200m events in the Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games in 1960 & 1964.

Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said:

“It is exciting news that the new state-of-the-art 3G pitch is now complete. It will be a great addition to the fantastic facilities already available at the Dorothy Hyman Centre.

Together with partners like BPL we are working hard to help people achieve their potential to be healthier, happier and active. The new pitch will not only support the council’s Play Pitch strategy but also provide more opportunities for local people to get involved in sport and active recreation.”

Joni Millthorpe, BPL contracts manager, said: “There has been a lot of excitement around the new development.

Many local teams are finding it difficult to expand because they don’t have the facilities to train and it can be expensive to travel outside the area, which is hindering their growth. This new pitch will allow them to go from strength to strength”.

“Living locally, I know the impact that football has on our area and the good it can do for people. I am delighted to be joined by Darren and Stephen in officially opening this new all-weather pitch for the community, and I would like to thank the Premier League and the FA facilities fund for its investment in this fantastic project.”

Scott Ledger, Premier League Assistant Referee

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CARDIFF MET UNIVERSITY

McArdle Sport Tec were selected after submitting a tender to construct a brand new 3G pitch at Cardiff Metropolitan University’s Cyncoed Campus.

The University sought a premier sports surface that would maintain peak performance in demanding weather conditions, withstand heavy usage, and be suitable to host competitive games. Continue reading “Cardiff Met University”

BEN RHYDDING SPORTS CLUB & ILKLEY TOWN FC 3G FOOTBALL PITCH

MP John Grogan & former Bradford City star John Hendrie officially opened the brand new 3G football pitch facilities at Ben Rhydding Sports Club.

Ilkley Town Football Club worked in partnership with Ilkley Grammar School in West Yorkshire to receive a £376,613.00 grant through the Football Foundation FA & Premier League Facilities Fund; this enabled the transformation of existing grass pitch into an exemplary 3G football pitch.

Before the new facilities were built, Ilkley Town FC played mainly on natural turf pitches at many locations and hired out 3G artificial pitches to cater for evening training sessions at Ben Rhydding and at St Mary’s School. This arrangement was not suitable for the club, as the artificial sand-dressed grass pitch at Ben Rydding was built in 1994 and designed specifically for hockey. The hired natural grass pitches were not floodlit, which significantly limited the club’s options for training times. During the winter months, the grass pitches were almost impossible to use due to waterlogging and deep mud, resulting the in the council often closing the pitches for 3 months every winter to allow the turf to recover.

McArdle Sport Tec were thrilled to be working in partnership with TigerTurf after winning the competitive tender to construct the full-size community 3G football pitch. Using TigerTurf’s Atomic Pro 60 for the artificial carpet, complete with new LED floodlighting and fencing. The new AGP facilities will allow the club to meet the high demand for new teams and vastly improve the flexibility and frequency of training sessions that the club can now offer.

Ilkley Town FC aim to increase the number of members, especially within the women’s teams, and encourage users with disabilities and over 50’s to partake in walking football. Currently 24 teams use the 3G football pitch, however they predict the number of teams will rise to 32 in the coming months.

Ilkley Grammar School worked in partnership with Ilkley Town FC to help obtain the vital funds through the Football Foundation; with 1500 students attending the secondary education school, they have access and use of the 3G football pitch during term time from 9am until 3pm.

John Hendrie, Former Bradford City FC player:
“I am really pleased to help unveil this new pitch for Ilkley Town FC, and my thanks go to the club for inviting me to do so. Ilkley Town FC is an integral part of the community here, and it is great that more local people now have access to a state-of-the-art-facility. The club worked hard to get funding from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, and I would like to thank the fund for their support of grassroots football”.

Ilkley Town FC raised the additional funds through a vast number of revenues including: crowd funding, community investments, supporter loan stock offer schemes, existing funds, the local Parish Council and District Roundtable. The club also raised £10,000.00 through a black tie ball attended by 290 members.

Simon Armstrong, Ilkley Town FC Facility Manager stated:
“We are incredibly thankful Mr Grogan and Mr Hendrie could open our outstanding community facility. The club as a whole did an incredible job of raising the funds in such a short space of time and, with the assistance of the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, we have been able to deliver a unique experience in Ilkley.

The 3G pitch is already having a huge impact with Ilkley Grammar School use during the day, all Ilkley teams training at the same site and an average 4 to 5 club fixtures being played every weekend on the new artificial surface. Community partners Burley Trojans FC and West Riding FA are constantly feeding back on the quality of the surface and set up we now have.”

Credit to Halliday Lighting for the aerial drone imagery.

8 floodlighting columns installed on this project are 500 LUX with a switching down option to 350 LUX for training purposes with a 2kw output.

“Since 2000 the Football Foundation Funding Partners’ investment has provided 533 grants worth a total of £19.8 million towards grassroots facilities across the whole of West Riding.”

Football Foundation, Premier League and FA Facilities Fund

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ENFIELD PLAYING FIELDS

ENFIELD BOROUGH COUNCIL WORK WITH THE FOOTBALL FOUNDATION TO CREATE A NEW COMMUNITY FOOTBALL ARTIFICIAL 3G PITCH.

Enfield Borough Council successfully obtained substantial funding from the Football Foundation for £522,000.00. The grant enabled the council to convert one of their 16 natural football turf pitches, based at Enfield Playing Fields, into a first-class FIFA Quality 106 x 70m 3G artificial floodlit pitch.

The new 3G pitch will benefit the local community and grassroots football clubs, including the council’s partner club Enfield Town FC. It is anticipated that the pitch will be used over 50 hours per week. A five-year development plan compiled with the council, Football Foundation, and Middlesex County FA expects that players under the age of 14 will increase by 63% & the number of current teams will increase from 20 to 31.

Chairman of Enfield Town FC Paul Reed commented:
“We are incredibly excited to be having this facility on our doorstep and can’t wait to work with Enfield Council to enhance the borough’s growing reputation in football.

Our aim is to increase accessibility to football and help make it a sport for all, and this project fits perfectly with our vision of being an inclusive club and a football and social centre for the community, with a range of teams playing at the highest sustainable levels possible.”

The Football Foundation considered this project vital for football development within the borough, due to the lack of 3G pitch facilities available. The pitch was officially opened on the 20th November by the Mayor of Enfield, Christine Hamilton, and fellow councillors Daniel Anderson and Ayfer Orhan.

Councillor Daniel Anderson, Enfield cabinet member for the environment said:

“The Mayor of Enfield and I are thrilled to officially open the new 3G pitch at Enfield Playing Fields with the help of the Premier League and the FA facilities Fund. We would like to give our thanks to all involved in bringing this first-class facility to Enfield. Our aim is to encourage those of all abilities to actively participate in sport. We would like to foster grassroots football in the borough, improve skill levels across the board and help the local community benefit from this outstanding new pitch. I look forward to kick-off!”

The Football Foundation is the largest sports charity in the United Kingdom. Originally founded in 2000, they work with the Premier League, The FA and Sport England. Their mission is to develop new and refurbished grassroot sporting facilities. The Football Foundation has awarded approximately 15,000 grants worth over £580m since the charity was launched; additional partnership funding of over £800m has also been contributed towards these investments.

Working in partnership with TigerTurf, McArdle were delighted to be involved in another contract to build a prestigious Football Foundation project. TigerTurf’s Atomic Pro 60 artificial carpet was laid on an engineered base to achieve FIFA Quality standards. The pitch took a total of 12 weeks to complete, with 5,500 tonnes of stone imported, 148 tonnes of kiln dried silica sand and 111 tonnes of specially selected rubber crumb to create the 3G pitch infill.

Enfield Town FC

Video footage courtesy of Halliday Lighting

“The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund provides the investment necessary to improve grassroots football facilities. So, I am delighted to see Enfield Council join thousands of local clubs and organisations who have reaped in benefit, in this case through the opening of a new 3G AGP.”

“Having delivered over £1.4bn of grassroots sports infrastructure projects, the Football Foundation has developed a network of accessible, first-class facilities in areas they will have the greatest impact – thanks to money from the Premier League, The FA and the Government via Sport England.

These facilities are more than places to play football at, these facilities are hubs of physical activity, the bedrock of local communities and ‘homes from home’ for so many who use them as social outlets to learn new skills, gain work experience and other qualifications.”

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation

 

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OXFORD ACADEMY – 3G COMMUNITY FOOTBALL PITCH

Pupils benefit from a brand new 3G pitch thanks to a grant from the Football Foundation.

McArdle Sport Tec were delighted to work in partnership with TigerTurf after winning a competitive tender, as the chosen contractor to construct and install a new full size 3G community football pitch at the Oxford Academy. The artificial pitch was officially opened on the 3rd October with special guests from Oxford United FC.

The 3G community football pitch was made possible by securing a £579,201 grant through the Football Foundation. The funding enabled the academy to replace an existing grass pitch with a state of the art 3G pitch built to FIFA Quality standards. The new facilities are expected to increase football participation in the area by 266% according to the Football Foundation. Pupils at the Oxford Academy will benefit from the new pitch in addition to partner clubs, Greater Leys FC, Florence Park FC, Oxford Blackbirds FC, Horsporth YFC, Union Street FC, Littlemore RFC and local primary schools.

The installation of the pitch by McArdle took approximately 14 weeks in total, and during the build, 5,000 tonnes of stone was imported, six floodlight columns were erected and a total of 7,420 square metres of TigerTurf Atomic Pro 60 artificial turf was laid.

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said:

“The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund provides the investment necessary to improve grassroots football facilities. So, I am delighted to see the Oxford Academy join thousands of local clubs and organisations who have reaped its benefit, in this case through the opening of a new 3G community football pitch. My thanks go to Oxford United FC players who took the time to unveil the facility.

Having delivered over £1.4 billion of grassroots sports infrastructure projects, the Football Foundation has developed a network of accessible, first-class facilities in areas they will have the greatest impact – thanks to money from the Premier League, the FA and the Government via Sport England.

These facilities are more than places to play football at, these facilities are hubs of physical activity, the bedrock of local communities and ‘homes from home’ for so many who also use them as social outlets to learn new skills, gain work experience and other qualifications.”

“The Oxford Academy would like to thank the Football Foundation and the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund for the support and funding provided for this project. As a facility we have struggled to accommodate local sports clubs for their training and fixtures in recent years.”

“This new facility will enable us to provide a state-of-the-art facility, along with our current facilities, to local community clubs. As a school, one of our objectives is to serve the community in the evenings and weekends. This project has allowed us to take a step closer to achieving this.”

Matthew Brandish, Community Operations Manager for Oxford Academy

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NETHERTON FOOTBALL CLUB 3G SPORTS PITCH, THE GRANGE IN PETERBOROUGH

6 year old 3G Sports Pitch passes FIFA 1 star accreditation

McArdle Sport Tec were delighted that a 3G sports pitch originally installed for the Netherton Football Club in 2011 has recently passed the FIFA 1 Star accreditation.  The all-weather TigerTurf Soccer Real 60mm AGP built for Netherton FC at The Grange in Peterborough measures 7526m2, and was extensively tested to pass the following areas to achieve the 1 Star FIFA standard:

  • Ball rebound
  • Ball roll
  • Force reduction
  • Vertical deformation
  • Rotational resistance
  • Surface regularity and dimensions

Ron Seddon, Chairman for The Netherton Football Club, was delighted that the pitch has passed the FIFA 1 Star. The community pitch is used extensively; Ron himself participates in the Walking Football team. The original Contracts Manager David and Site Manager Shaun are long-standing and valued McArdle staff members; both have been involved in many prestigious pitch and athletics track projects.

Regular maintenance and care is vital to ensure longevity and performance for your 3G sports pitch.  Ensuring players wear the correct footwear using only moulded or screw in stud football boots prevents the turf compacting or flattening. Regular brushing will maintain the turf yarns/fibres to remain upright and protects the infill from compacting.  You can read our comprehensive 3G Pitch Maintenance guide for more information

Netherton Football Club have been stringent with ensuring that all regular and more intensive maintenance procedures including infill top ups have been carried out. The club’s pitch care would have no doubt assisted the endurance and performance of their pitch, resulting in successful testing and accreditation from FIFA.

Steve Gould, Facilities Manager, commented:

“The Grange, Peterborough, 3G sports pitch installed by McArdle as part of a Football Foundation project handed over in 2012 has since grown year on year. Managed by Netherton Community Sports Association, the average footfall is now around 1000 people weekly, which is fantastic.

We have a wide range of users; Walking Footballers, Local Schools, Social Football, Charity Matches, Schools County Finals, Local League Finals, as well as regular training and matches. Usage has increased year on year. At a recent progress meeting with the Football Foundation the facility, along with its Management, received very positive feedback.

We are constantly receiving positive comments with regards to the Pitch, some suggesting it is one of if not the best facility in the area and indeed further afield. We pride ourselves on maintaining the pitch to the highest possible standard and recently for the second successive period have achieved the FIFA 1 Star rating.

Our aim is to continue to grow and provide football for the local community whilst maintaining the 3G sports pitch facility to the highest standards possible.”

“When we heard that the original Netherton Football Club Pitch passed the recent FIFA 1 Star accreditation, I was delighted to see the test results. It shows that as long as you install a stable engineered sub-base with a reputable and proven artificial turf supplier, as with all pitches, providing the regular maintenance and care has taken place, the results show in the condition of the pitch year after year.

David Darnell, Contracts Manager for McArdle Sport Tec

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 FRONT LAWN RECREATION GROUND £1.5 MILLION COMMUNITY SPORTS PROJECT MADE POSSIBLE THANKS TO FUNDING FROM THE FOOTBALL FOUNDATION.

McArdle Sport Tec & TigerTurf were delighted to have been selected by the Football Foundation to manufacture and construct a 3G Artificial Football Pitch and refurbish an existing Multi Use Games Area.

Havant Borough Council secured a substantial grant of £629,407 thanks to the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation. The funding enabled a £1.5 million community sports project at Front Lawn Recreation Ground, Havant, which included refurbishing an existing MUGA, and a brand new 106 x 70m 3G artificial football pitch, built to meet FIFA Quality standards.

The Football Foundation is the country’s largest sports charity. Since 2000, when the Foundation was launched, nearly 15,000 grants have been awarded worth nearly £580 million. The Foundation has also gained additional partnership funding of just under £800 million, which is an overall investment of £1.4 billion into the Grassroots sport.

Working in partnership with TigerTurf, McArdle Sport Tec were delighted to have been selected as the manufacturer/contractor for this Football Foundation community project. The new 3G TigerTurf Atomic Pro 60 artificial turf replaced an existing natural grass pitch which was prone to waterlogging. The artificial football pitch also benefits from new fencing and floodlights, which will enable all year round playing; the FA expects the new 3G pitch will be used an average of 50+ hours per week.

Neil Cassar, CEO of Hampshire FA, commented:

“We are one of a few county FAs with more than one operational site which is a momentous achievement in itself.  At our HQ in Basingstoke we have seen cup finals hosted and large-scale events hosted for the local community. We have hosted regional finals, courses and much more.

This new facility will go that extra mile to ensuring we can accommodate even more for our members, the very people that serve our beautiful game whilst being closer, more connected with these areas and our members within them. It isn’t simply a facility providing an artificial football pitch – it is a facility for the whole community, where local people can partake in a variety of sports whilst finding out about the work that we do. It will be a community hub where we can deliver a programme of courses including safeguarding, medical, refereeing, CPD and more. Together with our partners and stakeholders, this has been achievable, and we look forward to a bright future ahead for our game in Hampshire.”

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation said:

“Congratulations should go to Havant Borough Council for working with the Hampshire FA to secure this Premier League & FA Facilities Fund Grant. My thanks go to Alan Mak MP for taking the time to visit the site.

Since 2000, the Foundation has awarded 362 grants worth £12.6m across Hampshire towards Grassroots sports projects worth nearly £28.4m with money generously provided by our funders: the Premier League, the FA and the Government via Sport England”.

“The development at Front Lawn Recreation Ground is great news for our community. Congratulations to everyone involved, and I look forward to supporting this great local facility in the years ahead.”

Alan Mak, MP for Havant

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ENGLAND MANAGER GARETH SOUTHGATE OPENS OUR NEW PITCH AT BURTON ALBION FC

England football Manager, Gareth Southgate officially opened our newest 3G football pitch at Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium in February 2017. This was a Football Association and Football Foundation project, where we worked with TigerTurf UK to install their Atomic Pro 60 3G surface.

3G PREMIER PRO PITCH AT THE CORINIUM STADIUM

McArdle Sport Tec install the UK’s first Premier Pro 60 3G Pitch for Cirencester Town Football Club.

McArdle Sport Tec were delighted to work in partnership with TigerTurf on another successful Football Foundation project, installing the UK’s first Premier Pro 60 3G pitch for Cirencester Town Football Club.

The club’s original natural grass pitch, based at The Corinium Stadium, proved itself to be unreliable and prone to waterlogging. Training and games were frequently postponed due to poor ground conditions. The new 106 x 70m 3G playing surface will allow improved flexibility and reassurance over the winter months for matches and training.

Cirencester Town FC successfully received a grant from the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund for £369,383. The Centurions also secured sponsorship from the club’s chairman, and Cirencester College over a two-year period. The grants and additional funding allowed the club to replace the natural turf, into a modern 3G artificial grass pitch.

The club, whose motto is incidentally “Providing Football for all”, compiled a five-year Football Development Plan with Gloucestershire FA and the Football Foundation. The five-year strategy outlines the plan to increase the numbers of players and intended use of the pitch. The club will introduce 10 new teams to boost the participating numbers, including a number of junior girls teams to increase the numbers of female players.

Nigel Robbins, Mayor of Cirencester, officially opened the club’s 3G Pitch on Sunday the 27th August. The Centurions were also delighted to welcome Matthew Boucher (Football Development Manager for Gloucestershire FA) and the Football Foundation’s Club Chairman, Steve Abbley, to the official opening ceremony.

A recent Twitter post via the club’s official page @CirenTownFC commended both McArdle and TigerTurf:

“Our 3G pitch is one of a kind thanks to the generosity of TigerTurf, who offered us the opportunity to be the first club in the country to upgrade our pitch by using their new 3G product, Premier Pro 60. TigerTurf are the UK’s leading artificial grass manufacturer, and together with sports pitch construction experts McArdle Sport Tec installed the first ever Premier Pro 60 pitch in the UK here at the Corinium Stadium. Our new pitch boasts the latest artificial grass yard technology, combined with sand and PRO-Gran, a new infill product developed by Murfitt’s Industries, the system will offer unrivalled playability, durability and safety. The surface is considered to play with similar characteristics to a natural grass surface and is tested annually to ensure it meets the exacting standards as set out by the FA and FIFA”.

Daren Hibbert, Technical Manager at TigerTurf UK, explains why Premier Pro stands out from other 3G surfaces:

“The technology behind Premier Pro is what sets this product apart from other 3G surfaces. The polymer and profile of the yarn is superior to those used in regular 3G products, therefore offering unrivalled performance and durability. The pile in other 3G yarns can become exposed after use, creating a weak point in the fibre where it can bend, weaken and eventually break under pressure. We designed the profile of the 3DN XL yarn to remove those weak points. An entirely new shape was developed, so when force is applied, such as a player’s footstep, the new yarn acts like a spring. The yarn twists and distributes the pressure through the entire length of the fibre, rather than one localised point, meaning the yarn is able to retain its memory and remain upright.”

Premier Pro Artificial Grass
Artificial sports pitch construction

“As part of our planning process and funding application, we needed to forecast the number of hours the new pitch would be used for each week, as well as demonstrating that we could support the investment with a viable business model. Having also sourced expressions of interest from local clubs and organisations, we realised we could accommodate a staggering amount more usage per week, compared to the four hours we could allow on the natural grass pitch. This in turn helped us to prove that a new 3G pitch wouldn’t just benefit the football club, but would be a huge asset to the local community as a whole.”

Scott Griffin, Football Secretary at Cirencester Town Football Club

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MANCHESTER COMMUNICATIONS ACADEMY – 3G FOOTBALL PITCH

McArdle Sport Tec & TigerTurf work with the Football Foundation to install a 3G Pitch at Manchester Communications Academy.

TigerTurf, in partnership with McArdle, were delighted to win yet another competitive tender through Robinson Low Francis on behalf of the Football Foundation. McArdle installed a new 3G football pitch with associated fencing and floodlights at Manchester Communications Academy.

The new third generation pitch measures 106 x 70m, using FIFA tested TigerTurf Atomic Pro; and took a total of 20 weeks to construct. The pitch will be mainly used for football by the Academy, but the 3G pitch is also available to the local community for holding matches and training sessions.

Green surrounding fencing finishes the pitch, and installation of ultra-low glare floodlights will enable all year round playing access. Inlaid and tufted lines define a full-size and two smaller 64 x 46 meter playing pitch options. Line paint marks out a further two 55 x 37m and four smaller 34 x 27m pitches.

McArdle received a glowing reference from Susan Webster, Project Manager at the Manchester Communications Academy:

“I am happy to say that working with McArdle Sport Tec has been a delight. Anthony Doran, the on-site manager, worked well with the academy team to guide the project, particularly providing practical and proactive input to some late site layout changes. The whole McArdle team co-ordinated well to deliver the new pitch. It was not an easy site with many planning provisions to attend to, but with support from McArdle Sport Tec, Manchester Communications Academy now has a great new facility for its students and the local community.”

3G pitch opening MCA

“The site will also be an important hub for grassroots football clubs and many other sports and groups in the area. Fantastically well done to all concerned!”

Graham Taylor OBE, Former England Manager & Football Foundation Ambassador

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ST GEORGE’S PARK, THORNCLIFFE, SHEFFIELD

McArdle Sport Tec won a competitive tender for the construction of 2 new 3G pitches at the second site of the Sheffield Parklife Scheme, St George’s Park – Thorncliffe.

In 2014, the Football Association unveiled its plan to build more than 150 new “football hubs” at over 30 major UK city locations. In order to achieve this, the FA pledged to invest more than £230 million into 3G football pitch construction by creating new “football hubs”.

Sheffield was selected as the first city to benefit from the “football hubs” and, with backing from Sheffield City Council, the new project was to become known as “Parklife”. The Parklife project would see more than £6.8 million invested in football in Sheffield over a few sites across the city.

Planning permission was granted for the first two sites in 2015. Greg Dyke, Chairman for the FA said, “This is excellent news for grassroots football in Sheffield and a significant step towards making our vision of creating publicly accessible football hubs across all major cities by 2020 a reality. Introducing city hubs is a key recommendation of the Chairman’s Commission as a means of protecting football facilities from a potential downward spiral of declining quality brought about by inevitable reductions in local authority funding as fiscal budgets are squeezed.”

Paul Billington, Director of Culture, Sport and Leisure at Sheffield City Council, also added, “I’m really pleased that planning permission has been granted for the first of these new football facilities, which will significantly improve the quality of the grassroots football provision here in Sheffield. As well as being a boost for those who already play football, this new partnership with The FA is expected to increase participation and, in the longer term, provide a financial saving to the council as more play is concentrated on fewer pitches.”

McArdle Sport Tec won a competitive tender for the 3G football pitch construction of the new pitches at the second site of the Sheffield’s Parklife Scheme, Thorncliffe Recreation Ground. The new football hub was to be built alongside the new £7 million North Active Leisure Centre and the project included the installation of two new, full size 3G pitches for football, each with specialist fencing and floodlighting, and two fully drained 11v11 natural grass pitches. It also included a changing room, coach education facility and social space.

The proposed third site in Sheffield is set to boast two full-sized 3G pitches and natural turf pitches, a fitness centre, changing rooms and an education facility. Councillor Sioned-Mair Richards, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods at Sheffield City Council, said, “This partnership with the FA is a great thing for our city. I’m delighted to see this grassroots scheme moving forward with the announcement of the third football hub site, which will also create a fantastic new public health facility in the south east of Sheffield.” She added, “Football is Sheffield’s biggest team sport with over 800 teams, the majority of which are junior and youth teams. It is significant for sports participation, community activity and associated health benefits.”

McArdle Sport Tec believe that more 3G football pitch construction, and the creation of football hubs across the UK, should have a positive impact on grassroots football as all-weather pitches provide much longer playing times and are not weather dependant.

“The vision of building football hubs in up to 30 key cities and towns has begun and we applaud Sheffield for leading the way.”

Kelly Simmons, The FA’s Director of Participation and Development

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WATFORD FC, MERIDEN COMMUNITY CENTRE

Watford FC’s Community Sports and Education Trust selected McArdle Sport Tec and TigerTurf to install a brand new 3G Pitch at Meriden Community Centre.

In December 2012, Watford FC’s Community Sports and Education Trust took over the running of Meriden Community Centre from Watford Borough Council with plans to refurbish and improve the centre both internally and externally. Their aim was to “develop a vibrant youth and community centre aiming to enhance the lives of local residents, providing social benefits with its diverse programme of activities.”

As part of the plan to improve the external facilities, the Trust applied for funding to contribute towards a brand new 3G pitch for football. Watford Community Sports & Education Trust were successfully awarded a grant of £250,916 from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation, as well as funds from Watford Borough Council, The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation and Watford FC’s CSE Trust itself.

After a successful tender, McArdle Sport Tec were selected with TigerTurf to construct and install the new 61m x 43m pitch complete with fencing and floodlighting at an old tarmac site within the community centre grounds.

During the construction programme, the site was visited by the Mayor of Watford, Dorothy Thornhill. The Trust’s Community Director, Rob Smith, and Head of Community Facilities, Steve Williams, met with Mayor Dorothy to show the progress made to date.

Watford stars Troy Deeney, Heurelho Gomes and Jerome Sinclair joined Graham Taylor OBE, Hornets legend and Football Foundation Ambassador,  to officially unveil Watford FC Community Sports and Education Trust’s (CSET) new 3G pitch in November 2016.

Speaking about the new facility, Graham Taylor said:

“I am personally delighted to open Watford FC Community Sports and Education Trust’s new fantastic 3G pitch at the Meriden Community Centre alongside Troy, Heurelho and Jerome.

My role as Football Foundation Ambassador allows me to see the massive difference that these types of grassroots facilities make. They enable more and more people of all ages and abilities to enjoy playing football and many other sports purely for the love of it.

Having enjoyed a great many years, both in the dugout and as Chairman, at Vicarage Road, the club holds a very special place in my heart. From that time I also know that Watford has long been a club that is genuinely committed to its local community.

I want to congratulate the Watford FC Community Sports and Education Trust for working with the Football Foundation to secure a grant from Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund that has helped to develop this excellent facility. It will serve as an important venue for them to deliver life-changing community projects that improve the health, education and quality of life of local people. The site will also be an important hub for grassroots football clubs and many other sports and groups in the area. Fantastically well done to all concerned!”

Watford FC’s media team took some video footage of the construction progress; this can be found here here.

“The site will also be an important hub for grassroots football clubs and many other sports and groups in the area. Fantastically well done to all concerned!”

Graham Taylor OBE, Former England Manager & Football Foundation Ambassador

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ABERYSTWYTH TOWN FC

Aberystwyth Town FC appointed McArdle Sport Tec to install a 3G surface on their pitch. The installation included TigerTurf’s innovative Ecocept base.

Following the increasing number of artificial pitches installed at Welsh premier league team grounds, Aberystwyth Town FC decided to install a 3G pitch of their own. After a competitive tender and interview process, 3G football pitch construction specialists, McArdle Sport Tec, were delighted to have been awarded the contract by Welsh Premier League side Aberystwyth Town FC to install a state-of-the-art third-generation pitch at the club’s ground.

The 3G football pitch construction project at Park Avenue Stadium had a number of challenges:

  • Remote location, poor availability of Aggregates etc
  • Very busy town centre, difficult traffic and roadworks to navigate
  • Contaminated subsoil, very expensive disposal costs
  • Limited Budget
  • Had to tie in to existing stadium features – including removing the existing pitch surface and installing the specialist base system, installing kerbing, the synthetic turf and specialist sports fencing

To find out more about our 3G football pitch construction services, see our ‘how we do it page’.

McArdle Sport Tec offered the club a new and innovative sports surface base system by TigerTurf called TenCate Ecocept. Ecocept is a one-of-a-kind base system which has been specifically developed for synthetic turf playing surfaces. The base is manufactured on-site, using 80-90% recycled end-of-life waste plastics and rubber mixed with a binder to hold it together. The new base system meets both FIFA and World Rugby impact requirements so can be used for football and rugby surfaces. Using Ecocept reduces the need for a conventional thick layer of crushed stone, and the performance base drains rainwater laterally so that traditional drainage methods are not necessary.

McArdle Sport Tec previously installed an Ecocept pitch at Cheshunt FC at the end of 2015; the installation of Ecocept at the club in Hertfordshire has since gained recognition for TigerTurf for embracing new technology and leading the way for product design, having been named as a finalist in the SAPCA Awards 2016. To read more about this innovative base-system, click here.

The work was completed in time for Aberystwyth Town’s match against Bala Town on 11th October 2016. McArdle were also on-site at Bala Town FC constructing a 3G pitch at their home home ground, Meas Tegid.

ATFC Chairman, Tony Bates, the inspiration behind the project, proclaimed, “I am thrilled that after overcoming so many hurdles, this project has finally come to fruition. There is no question that the Club and wider-community will all benefit greatly from this much-needed facility”.

ATFC’s Facility Manager, Frank Rowe, claims, “3G has all the benefits of a traditional grass surface but without the drawbacks. In an area with very high rain fall, the excellent drainage 3G provides allows the playing surface to remain consistent throughout the year. Furthermore, the pitch can be played on virtually continuously due to the fact that the surface does not cut up or become worn as with grass. Such playing qualities have made 3G pitches extremely popular across Britain and, given the number of times water-logged pitches have prevented games and training in the region, Aberystwyth is extremely fortunate to now have its own.”

A bumper crowd of 1,168 – the biggest at the club in over 15 years – turned out to support the team at their first Welsh Premier League match on the new playing surface.

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ST JOHN BOSCO ARTS COLLEGE

In Early 2016, McArdle Sport Tec and TigerTurf were selected to install a full size 3G football pitch at St John Bosco Arts College near Liverpool.

The girls’ college has over 1,000 pupils and was completely rebuilt in 2015 as part of the Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson’s replacement programme, which saw 12 schools rebuilt in the new £169 million scheme.

Headteacher Anne Pontifex said: “Our brilliant new £18m school building is a wonderful environment for pupils and staff to thrive in. I’m incredibly proud of our building and the difference it has made to our whole school community.”

The new 3G pitch joins the brand new sports and dance facilities, including a gym, two double-height dance studios and a new pavilion.

For this project, TigerTurf’s Atomic Pro carpet was chosen due it its hard wearing properties. Atomic Pro 60 is specifically designed to meet the player requirements at community level right through to elite level and is accredited with a FIFA Quality mark.

The new pitch project was given part funding by the Football Association and Football Foundation and work commenced on site in March. The design includes dividing nets which will enable the school to rent out various size pitches for 11, 9, 7 and 5-a-side football. The installation of floodlighting means that the facility will be available for use up until 10pm at night throughout the year.

The installation of the full-size pitch by McArdle took approximately 11 weeks in total and, during the build, 5,000 tonnes of stone were imported, six floodlight columns were erected and a total of 7,420 square metres of artificial turf was laid.

The new facility was proudly handed over to the school in May 2016.

Since the recent opening of the 3G pitch, the school have used it for Ladies football training by Liverpool Football Club’s Foundation College. The collaboration between St John Bosco Arts College and the Liverpool FC Foundation College provides a unique opportunity for young ladies, aged 16-19, to follow a bespoke educational programme with two outstanding institutions. They offer the L3 Extended Diploma in Sports as well as a range of academic and technical qualifications.

Students are trained by LFC coaches and players from the Liverpool Ladies team and play in local, regional and national competitions. They have opportunities to travel abroad and play against international opposition. Students undertake the FA Level 1 coaching award, offering the chance to become a coach with the LFC Foundation.

Since the recent opening of the 3G pitch, the school have used it for Ladies football training by Liverpool Football Club’s Foundation College.

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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

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WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS FC

Following the successful construction of Wolverhampton Wanderers’ 3G pitch at their Compton Training Ground in 2009, McArdle Sport Tec Ltd were chosen by Wolves once more.

McArdle Sport Tec were selected to be a part of the construction of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC’s new £7 million Training Academy and Arena, the ‘Sir Jack Hayward Ground’.

We carefully selected TigerTurf UK’s Soccer Real turf for this bespoke pitch as it is backed by FIFA’s 2-star accreditation. The project also included the construction of three macadam tennis courts, which needed to be completed in time for the pitch opening ceremony.

The completion of the Wolves Academy & Arena marked the final piece of the club’s overall Compton Park development. The new world-class Academy will be utilised by St Edmund’s Catholic School, St Peter’s School, Wolverhampton Girl’s High School and Wolverhampton College, in addition to general community use and the hosting of Wolves Community Trust’s various Social Inclusion, Health, Education and Community Sports projects.

The official opening in November 2014 was attended by MPs, Councillors, businesses, members of the local community and the public and private sector partners in the overall Compton Park development project, plus guests from football’s main governing bodies, and both current, and former, Academy / First Team staff and players. The installation of the new facility enhanced Wolves’ academy status to ‘Category One’ – the highest status that can be awarded by the Premier League’s academy accreditation system.

“The Wolves Academy & Arena will give our highly qualified coaches, and our young players from eight years of age upwards, every possible chance of maximising their potential by becoming successful professional footballers, hopefully making it through to the Wolves first team.”

Steve Morgan, Chairman at Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

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BALA TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB

On Monday 4th July 2016, McArdle Sport Tec commenced the construction of Welsh Premier League team Bala Town FC’s new 3G football pitch.

The 3G football pitch construction process took approximately 12 weeks and included clearing the site, removing the natural turf surface and topsoil, installing a drainage system, laying the new synthetic surface, installing specialist sports fencing and team dug outs, and testing the pitch to ensure it meets FIFA standards.

The project has been part-funded by Gwynedd Council, the Football Association of Wales and UEFA’s Hat Trick programme and was co-ordinated by specialist sports pitch consultant Jonathan Smith of GEO Turf Consulting, whom McArdle have worked closely with on previous projects.

The new 3G football pitch construction has created much excitement for the club. Chief Executive of Bala Town FC, Nigel Aykroyd, said:

“This is the culmination of over 2 years of hard work and dedication to arrive at this project commencement stage. It is a huge investment for the future of the younger generation of sporting participation in Bala and its surrounding areas.

Bala Town must thank considerably the help we have received from all its partners in this project which has enabled this development to transform from a distant dream to actual reality.”

Ruth Crump, Club Secretary:

“We have played on many artificial pitches over the last few seasons and are very impressed with the pitch conditions which can only improve playing standards for our team. The new pitch will be used primarily by our First team and our Academy teams ranging from seven years old up to nineteen years old. However, we are in the process of setting up a ladies’ team who will also have access to the facility along with our veterans. Bala Town will be employing a Community Officer who will set up a new league and also tournaments for both children and adults. The pitch will also be available for community use by local schools and colleges.”

“A huge investment for the future of the younger generation of sporting participation in Bala and its surrounding areas.”

Nigel Akroyd, Chief Executive, Bala Town FC

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BRIDGEMARY SCHOOL

Bridgemary School in Hampshire had long suffered from a water-logged pitch which was making it difficult for the school and the local community to utilise the pitch during the winter months.

Due to these problems with their natural turf pitch, the school applied for, and were successful in receiving, a £355,397 grant from the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund for a new all-weather pitch. Continue reading “Bridgemary School”

WODSON PARK SPORTS CENTRE

When the old sand-based pitch at Wodson Park needed upgrading to a third-generation surface, McArdle Sport Tec were appointed.

McArdle Sport Tec were selected to refurbish the existing pitch at Wodson Park Sports Centre, which was to be created for community use, as well as by Wodson Park Rangers FC, Ware Lions FC, Bengeo Tigers FC and Bury Rangers FC. The site was also hoping to host a lunch-time league and to use the pitch for coaching education.

The project was made viable thanks to a £237,163 grant which was awarded to the Centre by the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund via the Football Foundation.

The new 3G pitch received lots of positive feedback on the day. Mark Prisk, MP for Hertford and Stortford said, “It was a privilege to officially open the new 3G pitch at Wodson Park. I know just how hard the Wodson Park Trust, alongside the Football Foundation and Hertfordshire FA, have worked to ensure that this project came to fruition. This refurnished facility will be of a tremendous benefit to local football clubs and community for many years to come.”

For the new pitch, measuring 101.9m x 62.70m, we carefully selected TigerTurf UK’s Total Turf 60XQ carpet to meet with FIFA one star and FIFA two star performance standards.

Jan Stock, Chief Executive of the Wodson Park Trust commented, “I’d like to thank Mark Prisk MP and the Hertfordshire FA for opening our new 3G pitch. East Herts now has a fantastic football facility which will benefit the whole community and encourage sport participation at grassroots level.”

F2 Football Freestylers were invited, along with Mark Prisk, MP for Hereford and Stortford to attend the opening ceremony and to cut the ribbon. The Freestylers, Billy Wingrove and Jeremy Lynch put on a show for everyone at the opening launch, a video can be seen here: Click here to watch

The new state-of-the-art facility will serve to strengthen the connection between Hertfordshire’s professional clubs and the local community.

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ABERDEEN SPORTS VILLAGE

McArdle Sport Tec were delighted to be selected to provide two 3G pitches, an all-weather hockey pitch and a large athletics facility at Aberdeen Sports Village.

As part of a large construction project at Aberdeen Sports Village, we were chosen to construct two full size 3G football pitches, a water-based hockey pitch and an athletics facility comprising of an indoor track and outdoor athletics tracks. The aim of the project was to provide the best indoor athletics facility in the North of Scotland.

Indoor Athletics: The indoor area comprises a bright blue, 135m six-lane running straight, with specific, fully-equipped areas for long and triple jump, high jump and pole vault. The indoor area also provides a state-of-the-art indoor throws cage, providing training opportunities for hammer, discus, shot putt and javelin.

Outdoor Athletics: The outdoor area comprises of a 400m eight-lane running track.

Football: We installed a full-size indoor 3G football pitch, which was the first of its kind in the UK. The requirement was that the pitch could be split into three separate sections for community hire. Each section measures 60m x 32m.

Hockey: We construced a full-size FIH Global accredited hockey pitch adjacent to the outdoor athletics track. The water-based surface measured 97 x 61m and is complete with a full irrigation system, meeting the requirements for international hockey.

Our works at Aberdeen Regional Sports Village totalled over £1,000,000.

The stadium at Aberdeen Regional Sports Centre bears the name of the former vice-Chairman of the Aberdeen Football Club, who was an educational and sporting visionary and the driving force that helped take Aberdeen Football Club to the peak of European football in the 1980s.

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JENNER PARK

McArdle Sport Tec were appointed to build a brand new full-size 3G football pitch at Jenner Park stadium.

Towards the end of 2015, we were selected by the Vale of Glamorgan Council to construct a new all-weather pitch at Jenner Park stadium, the home of Barry Town United.

The new pitch had meet FIFA Quality standards for professional football. Due to the specific requirements and the number of hours the pitch will be played on we carefully selected TigerTurf’s Soccer Real 50mm pile height 3G monofilament synthetic surface.

Our construction progress was followed by many of Barry Town United’s fans and players on Twitter which created a buzz of excitement. During the build we unveiled a jug which had been buried under the old pitch; this has now been restored and sits proudly in the club rooms.

Jenner Park Stadium’s new pitch has been used by many teams since the opening just weeks ago, including Barry Town United FC, Barry Town United Disability FC and many youth and children’s teams. One of the advantages with playing on a 3G pitch is that it can be used in all-weather scenarios.

We have heard that many goals have been scored already at Jenner Park; we hope the good luck continues!

“We can’t wait to get on the new Jenner Park 3G pitch. A fantastic 3G development that will benefit many.”

Barry Town Ladies FC, via Twitter

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AXE VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

We were proud to have been chosen to design and build a state of the art 3G pitch at Axe Valley Community College.

This pitch was to be the only full-sized 3G pitch within a 15-mile radius and was to be used by the college, the local community, local sporting clubs including Axminster Town AFC and Millwey Rise, as well as League Two side Exeter Town FC, who planned to use the facility to coach their development teams.

The new 3G pitch was officially opened by Axe Valley Community College’s head teacher Martin Smith, Exeter City FC’s Director of Football, Steve Perryman, Former Torquay United Manager Leroy Rosenior and representatives from Devon’s County FA, who played a key role in steering the project.

In his speech, Martin Smith claimed that the “students returned to school to discover this wonderful new facility and couldn’t wait to christen it! And it is wonderful that the local community now has such a great facility on its doorstep as part of what must be one of the finest sports and leisure complexes in the area.”

At the ceremony, Rosenior said, “I used to play on a plastic pitch at QPR thirty years ago and it was awful – whereas this is a wonder. To get more talent coming through, we need the facilities that give coaches and players the opportunity to get out there – in all weathers and at all times of the day. This facility will certainly give the local area a great boost in achieving this.”

The new pitch cost £675,000 and was partly funded by a grant from the Premier League and FA Facilities Fund, via the Football Foundation and it was just one of many completed by McArdle Sport Tec during the busy summer months and it was completed in time for the start of the new school year.

“The opening of this facility precisely meets the aspirations of The FA to ensure that grassroots football facilities are pulled up by their bootstraps and we ensure that clubs and players have an environment in which to grow and develop – both in terms of participation and coaching for the next generation of English players.”

Greg Dyke, FA Chairman

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HOLMES CHAPEL COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL

McArdle Sport Tec were given the task of designing and building a new 3G pitch at Holmes Chapel School in Cheshire.

McArdle Sport Tec were happy to have been appointed as the pitch contractor for the new 3G artificial turf pitch at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School. Working in conjunction with Gillespies Landscape Architects, we were able to develop a solution that met with the client’s requirements and budget.

The project involved the construction of a full-size 3G artificial turf pitch along with fencing, floodlighting, athletics facilities and extensive landscape works. The existing school playing fields were in poor condition due to difficult drainage and ground conditions which restricted the frequency that the pitches could be used in the winter months.

We carefully selected TigerTurf’s Soccer Real 60mm pile height 3G turf laid upon an engineered macadam pitch base.  Tested to FIFA Quality, Soccer Real 60XQ is a third generation product that has been designed with the player in mind. A combination of unique yarn design, innovative backing structure and two tone fibre blend produces a natural looking, resilient and highly durable surface with an eight-year guarantee.

The new facility was installed in the hope it will dramatically improve the physical education and teaching facilities of the school; it will also be a great asset to local residents and clubs as the intention is that the pitch can be used for community use at evenings and weekends.

Once the new pitch was unveiled, the school held a 5-a-side tournament with help from a special guest former student and pro footballer Dean Ashton.

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UCKFIELD COMMUNITY TECHNOLOGY COLLEGE

Uckfield Community College were awarded a grant from the Football Foundation and worked in partnership with Sussex County FA to get their 3G project off the ground.

The college strived to improve its sporting facilities to further solidify its position as a focus of community sport. We were excited to have been selected to design and build a new 3G pitch at Uckfield Community Technology College. The college worked tirelessly alongside All Weather Pitch for Uckfield working group (AWP4U) and in partnership with the Sussex County FA to secure a grant of over £200,000 from the Football Foundation.

In addition to the Football Foundation grant, the college received a grant from Sports England’s Inspired Facilities fund and monies from other organisations such as Uckfield Town Council, Uckfield Community College, East Sussex County Council, Uckfield Lions and local sports groups including Uckfield Grasshoppers and the Uckfield Rugby Club.

The new pitch is to be utilised by almost 2,000 pupils as well as local sports clubs. Additionally, the new pitch was completed with brand new goalposts funded with £500 from the Football Foundation through their Youth Goalposts scheme.

The brief for this project was to build a brand new 3G pitch which was to be utilised for rugby. In addition, local Football Clubs, the Uckfield Grasshoppers ’81 Junior Football Club and Uckfield Town FC required the use of the pitch for their weekly training sessions and for competitive league fixtures.

The pitch project was complete after the additions of twin-bar fencing, floodlighting, spectator area and an access ramp were installed and the new facility was officially opened by the town’s Mayor, Cllr Ian Smith who cut the ribbon and declared the new pitch open.

“This is an outstanding new All Weather Pitch. Developing new grassroots facilities, such as this, is essential to increasing the number of people who have a chance to stay fit and healthy through participating in sport.”

Paul Thorogood, CEO of the Football Foundation

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REDDISH NORTH END FC

McArdle Sport Tec were delighted to be selected to install a new 3G pitch and MUGA at The Mike Doyle Centre.

Stockport-based FA Charter Standard Community Club, Reddish North End, successfully applied to the Football Association and Football Foundation for funding to improve the playing conditions at the club’s home, the Mike Doyle Centre. We submitted a tender through the FA, FF and RFU’s framework to construct the all-weather pitches and we were awarded the project. This involved the installation two 3G pitches: one main pitch and a secondary MUGA.

The main pitch, measuring 79m x 51m, was fitted with TigerTurf UK’s Soccer Real 60 XQ. The secondary pitch, measuring 37m x 18.5m, was fitted with TigerTurf UK’s Football 60 XP Pro surface. We enhanced the new playing surfaces with the addition of perimeter fencing, hard standing areas, floodlights, piped drainage, swing-out freestanding goalposts, mowing strip, access paths, and de-tox areas.

The fifteen-week £560,000 project was successfully completed 11 days ahead of schedule, despite it being the wettest UK winter on record. John Hargreaves, Chairman of Reddish North End FC said, “Everyone at the club is over the moon with our new playing surfaces, which will give each of our teams from under 7s through to under 17s access to some of the best playing surfaces in the region.”

“The standard of work carried out by McArdle and TigerTurf was exceptional from start to finish, even in spite of some particularly challenging weather conditions, and we always had full confidence in the level of expertise and guidance we were offered throughout.”

John Hargreaves, Chairman

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NEWBRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL

McArdle Sport Tec were appointed to design and build a new 3G Pitch in Leicestershire.

Newbridge High School Academy worked in partnership with Leicestershire and Rutland FA to secure a £409,265 grant from the Football Foundation. The new 3G surface was to be the first of its kind in North West Leicestershire, an area where the FA had designated as a prime spot for investment. With the Academy keen to avoid the downtime and degradation associated with natural turf, the 3G pitch proved to be the ideal solution.

McArdle Sport Tec were chosen to design and build the 107m x 71m pitch which was complete with a floodlighting system. The brand new pitch project was accompanied by pitch drainage, goal recesses, hard-standing areas, footpaths and a new car parking area.

The pitch was handed over in September 2013 after a 14-week installation programme. The official Football Foundation opening ceremony and football tournament was led by former Leicester City FC captain, Steve Walsh, who made over 400 appearances for the club. Since the opening, the pitch has become a focus of community involvement and has proved to be a huge boost for local sport.

Maxine Adams, Business Manager at Newbridge High School Academy, stated, “We are delighted that the 3G artificial grass pitch has successfully come to North West Leicestershire and are extremely grateful to all who worked incredibly hard to make this all possible, especially the excellent support from the Football Foundation from the very start of the project.”

Across Leicestershire, the Football Foundation has awarded 132 grants worth £13m towards grassroots sports projects.

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HUISH EPISCOPI ACADEMY – 3G PITCH RESURFACE

McArdle Sport Tec were selected to construct a third-generation, all-weather pitch in Somerset.

In September 2015, Yeovil Ladies’ Town FC player, Annie Heatherson, officially opened the new 3G pitch for Huish Episcopi Academy at the Football Foundation’s official opening ceremony. McArdle Sport Tec were selected to design and build the £670,000 facility at the neighbouring leisure centre for the Academy. The new 3G pitch became home to two Charter Standard Development Clubs, Aller Park Rangers FC and Somerton Town FC.

The opening ceremony drew quite a crowd and included speeches from Andrew Davis, Huish Episcopi’s Principal, Mike Best, Chair of Somerset District Council, and John Shearing, Vice Chair of Somerset FA.

Annie Heatherson, Yeovil Town Ladies FC, said, “It was a privilege to open this fantastic 3G AGP at Huish Episcopi Academy. It is brilliant to see a development like this close to my club, Yeovil Town FC. It is very important to have facilities like this, not just to get people playing, but also to create well-established home-grown talent. This new 3G in Somerset will be used extensively by the pupils, local teams, feeder primary schools and the local community.”

The Principal of Huish Episcopi Academy also added, “we are absolutely delighted to announce the opening of our new artificial grass pitch and would like to thank the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund, along with the South Somerset District Council and the Directors of Huish Episcopi Academy, for investing a significant amount of money into the sporting facilities of our Academy.”

“This investment will not only greatly enhance the facilities for our own students throughout the day, but will also continue to build on the great work being done by Huish Leisure, out in our local community, to develop a wide range of sports, particularly football, at grassroots level.”

Amanda Eastwood, Business Development Manager at Huish Episcopi: “As a school we’re very good at sports, so having high-quality facilities is very important to us. We were really in need of a new pitch, as students would come off the old surface with cut knees and all sorts. The installation was very quick and very impressive. McArdle clearly know what they’re doing, because the work didn’t take long at all. In fact, it was great to see the progress of the installation; it almost feels as if the pitch was built overnight.”

“Immediately we were taking bookings from local teams, and the feedback from Yeovil Town was that this was a very high-quality pitch. It’s fantastic to know that we are providing high-quality facilities for local sports.”

Amanda, Business Development Manager, Huish Episcopi Academy

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