Ringwood Community Hub

McArdle Sport Tec and partners TigerTurf construct revolutionary 3G football Pitch.

The Project:

Part of a larger £3.2 million development at Long Lane, Ringwood; the new artificial pitch installation is a joint enterprise between Ringwood Town FC, Ringwood Town Council, and AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust (the Premier League Club’s charitable arm), was made possible from funding by the Football Foundation, New Forest District Council and Ringwood & District Round Table.

“More than just a surface”

The Ringwood Town FC 3G football pitch is a pioneering project incorporating recycled artificial sports pitch surfaces in the engineered base layer and infill mitigation kick boards.

70,490 kilograms of recycled plastics have been repurposed into creating a unique TigerTurf Ecocept layer, using 75% of redundant artificial sports carpets, off cuts and trims from new sports pitch installations and the remaining 25% from household plastics diverted from landfill.

In context, the 70,490 kilograms is equivalent to 1.4 million plastic drinks bottles!  In addition, the TigerTurf Trekboards have also been manufactured from 80% of redundant artificial sports surfaces, which is a significant increase from previous versions.

Interview with McArdle Sport Tec and Andrew Battison, Community Senior Manager for the AFC Bournemouth Sports Trust.

After a couple of years in the pipeline, you must be delighted now this artificial pitch installation is now complete? How do you feel this new 3G football pitch will affect the community and AFC Bournemouth Sports Trust?

“Part of the programme will be for AFC Bournemouth Sports Trust to have a permanent base which we can operate from. The artificial pitch installation will provide opportunities for the local community to become involved in a number of projects operated from the Trust, and also offer ourselves and Ringwood Town the opportunity to raise the aspirations of our players – young and old through using the new facility!”

How important are environmental impacts and sustainability to AFC Bournemouth Sports Trust and how will this impact your environment targets or credentials?

“In terms of our environmental principles, we have projects linked into schools & the community, promoting climate change awareness, being more energy efficient and choosing more sustainable alternatives.

This artificial grass pitch is part of a larger development including the next phase of constructing a more environmentally eco pavilion incorporating solar energy.  

Our legacy is to ensure our impacts and choices we are making, lead to a sustainable future for the next generations.”

McArdle Sport Tec were delighted to be involved in this development with our long-standing partners TigerTurf.

Our company values are based on three main pillars: Fairness, Best Practice and Collaboration, from a clients perspective, how did you find working with our company?

“Really good from start to finish! From the initial tender through to construction, the project has involved a number of partners; it is fair to say that everything on-site has been efficiently managed, McArdle’s have met all the time scales and delivered the artificial football pitch to a high-standard – and we can’t wait to get participants using the new facility.”

Are there any areas we could improve on?

“No, everything was well organised and efficient throughout!”

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McArdle Sport Tec sets the gold standard for elite hockey pitch facilities.

2022 will be remembered within the sports industry for hosting the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham; McArdle and partners TigerTurf, will remember 2022 for a whole different reason.

In the Spotlight:

We were honored to be involved in our second Commonwealth Games sports facility project.

McArdle installed the athletics track for the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games with Laing O’Rourke. In 2021, the University of Birmingham appointed McArdle Sport Tec with partners TigerTurf to extend and refurbish the existing water-based hockey pitches at Bournbrook in preparation for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The elite water-based hockey pitches hosted the televised competition matches throughout the whole games.

McArdle & partners TigerTurf originally reconstructed the water-based hockey pitches in 2018, alongside the installation of ten new tennis courts and a World Rugby Regulation artificial grass pitch. Although the existing water-based surfaces were still in fantastic condition, slight adaptations were required to permit the facilities to host the games, involving extension of the run-off areas and changing the existing run-offs from red to blue to meet with FIH Category 2 standards.

Victorious in the finals, England Women’s hockey team defeated Australia bringing home a first-ever Commonwealth Games Gold medal with the England Men’s team winning Bronze against South Africa.

Built for success:

The FIH Global accredited TigerTurf WETT Pro Reflex Blue surface was specifically selected to ensure not only the carpet provided the optimum competition playing conditions, but the surface provided a better contrast against the ball for the televised games ensuring minimal glare and reflection.

WETT Pro is an elite water-based hockey system manufactured by TigerTurf in Kidderminster, just fifteen miles from the University. WETT Pro offers unparalleled performance and durability

McArdle Sport Tec was incredibly excited not only be working with long-standing clients The University of Birmingham, but to have our projects featured within world-renowned Commonwealth Games is an honor and a project which we will be proud to showcase for years to come.

Timeline:

2009: McArdle refurbish existing facilities to provide 2Nr water-based hockey pitches.

2017: McArdle & TigerTurf appointed to reconstruct and reorientate 2nr water-based hockey pitches, installation of 1nr World Rugby Reg 22 Artificial Grass Pitch and 10nr Tennis Courts

2017: McArdle appointed to construct a new 8-lane porous athletics track with natural turf infield

2021: McArdle & TigerTurf appointed to resurface and extend the existing water-based hockey pitches in preparation for the 2022 Commonwealth Games

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McArdle and partners TigerTurf lead the way with an innovative 3rd Generation Football Pitch utilising a state-of-the-art fully recycled ecocept base design with a Sustainable Urban Drainage System.

Background:

In 2021, McArdle Sport Tec and partners TigerTurf were appointed by Boston United Football Club known to their fans as ‘The Pilgrims’; to install a state-of-the-art 3G football pitch at their new home ‘The Jakemans Community Stadium’.

The artificial sports pitch was partially funded through developers Chestnut Homes, The Premier League, Football Association and Sport England, managed by the Football Foundation.

The new 3G football pitch is part of the Chestnut Homes ‘Quadrant development’ which includes the Jakemans Community Stadium and will be used by the Pilgrims community teams and available to the public.

More than just a surface:

On first appearances, this 3G Artificial Sports Pitch may look exactly like other artificial pitch installations, however with an innovative SUDS (Sustainable Urban drainage System) to attenuate any site wide excess storm water run-off, a cement and lime stabilised formation and the fully recycled ecocept macadam replacement layer underneath the TigerTurf Atomic Pro grass carpet, this truly is a pioneering and fundamental facility.

Measuring 993 cubic meters with the capacity to hold up to one million litres of surface water; the fully maintainable storm water cellular attenuation tank system stores excess water underground during periods of heavy rainfall which is then released slowly into the local watercourse effectively reducing the risk of localised flooding.

The grass is greener ‘underside’:

Boston United’s new 3G pitch is a pioneering eco-friendly installation, shaping the future of the sports facility industry. McArdle Sport Tec are committed to reducing our ecological footprint and delighted that the attenuation tank drainage system is completely eco-friendly. The GeoLight crates are made entirely from recycled post-consumer PVC which are usually destined for landfill.

In additional to ecological attenuation tank crate system, an ecocept layer was installed as a green alternative to an engineered base layer.

The TigerTurf ecocept layer is made from 90% recycled plastics which can include up to 10 redundant artificial sports carpets, diverting up to 100 tonnes of material ending up in landfill offering a closed loop to loop eco solution.

Utilising ecoCept on this project saved up to 190 CO2 emissions which is the equivalent to 112 trees being planted or 22 years’ worth of CO2 emissions from an average sized car! Installing the ecocept layer also reduced the amount of SBR infill required by 40% compared with typical Football Foundation framework installations.

Other associated benefits to using ecocept, meant no aggregate was required to create a traditional stone base layer, in turn saved the use of materials, but also the need for construction machinery and eliminated transportation vehicles for deliveries of stone.

The club also installed TigerUp! trekboards, which are designed for infill retention and to mitigate infill from migrating into the surrounding areas. Trekboards are made from 100% recycled mixed waste plastics which is the equivalent of up to 600,00 plastic carrier bags! Boston United FC saved 4320kgs of CO2 just by installing this economical alternative to traditional timber kickboards.

Once the system does, eventually, come to the end of its life, the ecocept base, artificial grass carpet and trekboards can all be recycled again either back into an ecocept base layer or into more trekboards for their next pitch.

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3G FOOTBALL PITCH REFURBISHMENT COMPLETED AT CYNCOED CAMPUS

After a competitive tendering process Cardiff Metropolitan University and Managing Consultants GeoTurf Ltd appoint McArdle Sport Tec to fulfil the artificial sports pitch resurfacing works.

We were thrilled to hand over the recently refurbished 3G football pitch at Cyncoed Campus for Cardiff Metropolitan University which took 4 weeks to complete.

McArdle Sport Tec have a historical professional working relationship with Cardiff Metropolitan University, which extends beyond the 3G football Pitch; in 2017 we reconstructed their six lane 400m athletics track with the inclusion of a 3G World Rugby Reg 22 pitch infield, prior to this, McArdle also resurfaced the existing hockey pitch in 2014.

Our team know the campus facilities particularly well, we were delighted to return after 8 years to refurbish the 3G artificial FIFA Quality Pro pitch which McArdle Sport Tec originally constructed in 2014.

The redundant TigerTurf Soccer Real XQ carpet was uplifted, then replaced with another TigerTurf FIFA Quality Pro product: Atomic Pro 50. McArdle Sport Tec have also installed Atomic Pro 50 at Dorchester Town FC and Chelmer Valley High School.

The redundant carpet was disposed responsibly through a sustainable and environmentally considerate resolution through one of our well-established sub-contractors, avoiding any product ending up in landfill.

Our clients Cardiff Metropolitan University were pleased with the completed 3G football pitch and furthermore impressed with the minimal disruption and impact imposed within the venue including the minimal downtime due to the efficient contractual management from McArdle’s team.

This 3G Pitch facility has received the FIFA Quality Pro certification; to date there are currently only 36 pitches across Great Britain recorded with this status.

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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

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“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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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.

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They have delivered a fantastic facility

“From initial discussions through to project handover, McArdle Sport Tec’s communication has been excellent. They have delivered a fantastic facility here at Bearwood and I’d have no hesitation in recommending them for similar projects.”

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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.”

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

Opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds

“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.“

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation

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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.

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’?

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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.

Proud to have built half of the current Parklife hubs

“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, Managing 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.”

The completed project is of a very high specification

“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.”

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

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FALMOUTH SCHOOL

Truro & Falmouth MP, Sarah Newton, officially opened Falmouth School’s new third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch on Wednesday 26th September.

Falmouth School pupils and the surrounding community are enjoying a new 3G Football Artificial Sports Pitch and sports hub. The school were awarded a £362,574 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, delivered by the Football Foundation, towards the school’s project.

The new artificial sports pitch is a result of a lengthy & strategic process, after selling the land ‘Union Corner’ previously owned & used by the school for natural turf pitches; the money received from this sale secured and financed a 125-year lease of land from the NHS, which surrounded the existing school’s boundary. The sale of Union Fields enabled the school to consolidate the sports facilities and the education buildings in one contained area, vital for increasing the safeguarding of pupils.

Partners TigerTurf won this competitive tender through the Football Foundation tendering framework, and McArdle Sport Tec installed a full-size floodlit 106m x 70m 3G Artificial Football Pitch adjacent to the school building, with supporting access paths, storage containers and new car parking facilities.

The new 3G AGP will cater for the demands of the school pupils and wider community; as the pitch has been installed with floodlights, it will increase capacity and availability of the facility for the partner clubs thanks to it being usable during the evenings.

Since 2000, the Football Foundation Funding Partners investment have provided 147 grants worth £6m towards grassroots sports projects across the whole of Cornwall.

Falmouth School would like to place on record their thanks to The Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund delivered by the Football Foundation for their generous grant, Kier construction for delivering the superb building work, and McArdle Sport Tec for providing the 3G pitch.

Thrilled with the new facility

“The whole of our school and college community is thrilled with the new facility and there is great excitement about the opportunities this brings. It has been a long journey to get here, but it has been worth every moment to see such a fantastic facility. Falmouth School has improved sport, fitness and health opportunities for our students and the wider community through this development for years to come.”

Jem Wallis, Director of Sport at Falmouth School

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MP Mark Francois officially opened the new Football Foundation all-weather 3G pitch on Friday 28th September at Beauchamp’s High School.

A new Artificial Football Pitch facility was made possible thanks to investment of £370,000 from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation. Essex Council also made an investment of £50,000 from the 2012 Olympic Legacy Funding which enabled Beauchamp’s High School to build their 3rd Generation Synthetic sports pitch.

McArdle Sport Tec were delighted to work in partnership with TigerTurf on this successful Football Association project, installing the innovative Artificial Grass Pitch (AGP) which replaced an old hardstanding court area and part of an uneven school playing field.

Matt Harper, Beauchamp’s High School Headteacher, quoted:

“The opening of the 3G AGP pitch is an exciting and unique opportunity for both Beauchamp’s High School and the local community in general and we are thrilled to be at the heart of it. Grassroots sport plays such a pivotal role in local communities, creating opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds and we look forward to our role at the heart of this.”

The new facilities are expected to attract nearly 2,000 new players, increasing overall local participation by 956%. The School’s grassroots partners, Wickford Town Youth FC and Essex Royals FC, have a combined 62 clubs and teams & will all benefit from the increased access to pitch playing hours due to the implementation of floodlighting, allowing continued usage throughout the evenings.

Beauchamp’s developed a new Football Academy for sixth form students, which is being directed by Danny Greaves, son of Spurs and England legend Jimmy Greaves; Danny is a former player and coach at Southend United FC.

Since 2000, the Football Foundation Funding Partners’ investment have provided 379 grants worth £16m towards grassroots sports projects worth over £30m across the whole of Essex.

State-of-the-art 3G AGP

“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 Beauchamp’s High School has now opened their state-of-the-art 3G AGP in Wickford, thanks to investment from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund.”

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation

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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.

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.”

A fantastic base for training

“The all weather 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 artificial football 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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McArdle Sport Tec appointed as Principle Contractor to install the new Artificial Grass 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.

We are delighted

“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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PLYMPTON ACADEMY

McArdle Sport Tec and partners TigerTurf install Community 3G Football pitch.

A new 4108m2 3G football pitch installation and Multi Use Games Area otherwise known as a MUGA; was officially opened on the 28th April 2018 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.”

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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.”

This new facility represents a considerable improvement

“This new Artificial Football Pitch facility represents a considerable improvement in grassroots sport for Plympton.”

Teresa Lakeman, Business Director, Plympton Academy

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WESTON SUPER MARE AFC – WOODSPRING STADIUM

McArdle Sport Tec and Partners TigerTurf install a new All weather pitch at Woodspring Stadium.

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

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:
“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.”

“Such a good artificial football pitch facility”

“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.”

Oliver Bliss, Managing Director at Weston Super Mare AFC.

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DOROTHY HYMAN SPORTS CLUB – ARTIFICIAL PITCH RESURFACING

MCARDLE SPORT TEC AND TIGERTURF’S 3G PITCH OFFICIALLY OPENED.

McArdle Sport Tec & partners TigerTurf completed a challenging artificial pitch installation in February, after winning a competitive tender for a 3G pitch resurfacing at Dorothy Hyman Sports Centre in Barnsley.

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

The previous sand dressed pitch had been decommissioned in 2012 after it had been deemed unsafe. The works on the new artificial pitch installation required extension to the existing footprint , new floodlighting and 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 Turf 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 all weather 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 artificial grass 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”.

Fantastic project

“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 METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY

MCARDLE SPORT TEC SELECTED TO CONSTRUCT A BRAND NEW 3G PITCH AT 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.

Working closely with our manufacturing partner TigerTurf UK, we carefully chose FIFA Quality Turf Soccer Real 50XQ to be laid on top of a 15mm in-situ rubber shock pad for the new 111m x 74m pitch. The synthetic sports surface was designed to offer a safe and authentic ball/surface and player/surface interaction, which was a critical requirement for Cardiff Metropolitan.

The project was completed with the addition of a new 2.5m high fence and floodlighting system.

“The new floodlit pitch is FIFA Quality Pro certified (previously known as FIFA 2 Star), so we can host premiership and international teams, but first and foremost it gives us a high quality teaching, coaching and community facility that mean all the needs of our men’s and women’s football players.” – Dave Cobner, Director of Sport

The artificial pitch installation was completed with the addition of a new 2.5m high fence and floodlighting system.

Professional service and efficient management of the project

“The University undertook extensive research prior to awarding this contract to install its first European standard (105m x 65m) football specific 3G pitch. From the point where the contract was awarded to the final hand over of the project and the completion of the FIFA 2 star certification, McArdle Sport Tec provided a professional service and efficient management of the project through difficult weather conditions. The final outcome is a facility that has been highly praised by visiting teams, league officials and professional clubs.”

Chris Jennings, Assistant Director of Sport at Cardiff Metropolitan University

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3G PITCH installation 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 FIFA Quality Turf, 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 an artificial grass installation.

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 all weather 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 FIFA Quality Turf Premier Pro 60 product. 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 artificial grass pitch boasts the latest synthetic grass yarn 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 artificial surface is considered to have similar play 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 synthetic sports 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.”

A huge asset to the local community

“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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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.

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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 FIFA Quality Turf artificial grass pitch with associated fencing and floodlights at Manchester Communications Academy.

The new third generation pitch measures 106 x 70m, using FIFA Quality 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 artificial sports 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 artificial pitch installation for its students and the local community.”

Fantastically well done

“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 AGP’S 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 3G AGP’s , 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 3G AGP’sat 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 AGP’s 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.

We applaud Sheffield for leading the way

“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 SYNTHETIC SPORTS SURFACE 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 synthetic sports surface 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 synthetic 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 artificial grass 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.

Fantastically well done

“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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APPOINT MCARDLE SPORT TEC TO INSTALL A 3G ARTIFICIAL SURFACE ON THEIR EXISTING NATURAL TURF PITCH.

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 including:

  • NAVIGATION AND ACCESSIBILITY OF THE CLUB’S REMOTE LOCATION
  • POOR LOCAL AVAILABILITY OF AGGREGATES ETC
  • NEAR TO A VERY BUSY TOWN CENTRE, WHICH REQUIRED EXTENSIVE TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT
  • CONTAMINATED SUBSOIL, RESULTING IN VERY EXPENSIVE DISPOSAL COSTS
  • THE CLUB’S LIMITED BUDGET
  • CONSIDERATION OF THE EXISTING STADIUM FEATURES – REMOVING THE EXISTING SURFACE AND INSTALLING THE SPECIALIST ECOCEPT BASE SYSTEM,KERBING, SYNTHETIC TURF CARPET 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 Ecocept, 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’s Facility Manager, Frank Rowe, claims, “3G pitches have all the benefits of a traditional grass surface but without the drawbacks. In an area with very high rain fall, the excellent drainage the 3G pitch provides, allows the playing surface to remain consistent throughout the year. Furthermore, the artificial 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.”

We will all benefit greatly from this much-needed facility

“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 Chairman, Tony Bates

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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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Axe Valley Community College

MCARDLE ARE PROUD TO HAVE BEEN CHOSEN TO DESIGN AND BUILD A STATE OF THE ART 3G FOOTBALL PITCH.

This 3G pitch was at the time the only full-sized 3rd Generation Football pitch within a 15-mile radius, and will used by the college, local community and local sporting clubs.Axminster Town AFC, Millwey Rise. In addition to League Two Exeter Town FC plan to use the artificial football pitch to coach their 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 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 Queens Park Rangers 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 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.

This facility precisely meets the aspirations of The FA

“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.

Premier League facility

“I didn’t have an all weather facility like this when I was at school here, before I went on to play Premier League football.

I can tell you that you’re very lucky because this is a Premier League facility.”

Dean Ashton – Former England international footballer and HOLMES CHAPEL COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOl pupil

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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 Artificial Grass Pitch off the ground.

Uckfield 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 all weather pitch is to be utilised by almost 2,000 pupils as well as local sports clubs. Additionally, the new synthetic sports surface 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 all weather 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 artificial sports pitch for their weekly training sessions and for competitive league fixtures.

The 3G AGP project was complete after the additions of twin-bar fencing, floodlighting, spectator area and an access ramp were installed and the new artificial pitch installation was officially opened by the town’s Mayor, Cllr Ian Smith who cut the ribbon and declared the new artificial grass pitch open.

This is an outstanding new All Weather Pitch

“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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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.”

We always had full confidence in the level of expertise and guidance we were offered throughout

“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 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 synthetic sports pitch installation proved to be the ideal solution.

McArdle Sport Tec were chosen to design and build the 107m x 71m 3G AGP which was complete with a floodlighting system. The brand new sports pitch construction 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.

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

We are delighted that the 3G artificial grass pitch has successfully come to North West Leicestershire

“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.”

Maxine Adams, Business Manager at Newbridge High School Academy

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BALA TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB

MCARDLE SPORT TEC COMPLETE 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 pitch, 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 3G Football Pitch has been part-funded by Gwynedd Council, the Football Association of Wales (FAW) 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 sports facility installations.

The new 3G football pitch construction has created much excitement for the club.

Ruth Crump, Club Secretary:

“We have played on many artificial football pitches over the last few seasons and we are very impressed with the pitch conditions which can only improve playing standards for our team. The new 3G Football 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 3G Football Pitch will also be available for community use by local schools and colleges.”

A distant dream to actual reality

“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.”

Nigel Akroyd, Chief Executive, Bala Town FC

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3G pitch resurface

McArdle Sport Tec were selected to re-construct and refurbish an existing Redgra sports pitch into a third-generation football pitch in Somerset.

In September 2015, Yeovil Ladies’ Town FC player, Annie Heatherson, officially opened the new reconstructed 3G sports pitch for Huish Episcopi Academy at the Football Foundation’s official opening ceremony. McArdle Sport Tec were selected to design and build the artificial pitch installation at the neighbouring leisure centre for the Academy. The new all weather 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 pitch resurfacing 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 artificial sports surface, as students would come off the old surface with cut knees and all sorts. The artificial pitch construction 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 artificial pitch was built overnight.”

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.”

Amanda, Business Development Manager, Huish Episcopi Academy

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WODSON PARK SPORTS CENTRE

WHEN THE OLD SAND-BASED HOCKEY PITCH AT WODSON PARK NEEDED UPGRADING TO A THIRD-GENERATION FOOTBALL SURFACE, MCARDLE SPORT TEC WERE APPOINTED.

McArdle Sport Tec and partners TigerTurf 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 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 Football pitch received lots of positive feedback Mark Prisk, MP for Hertford and Stortford said, “It was a privilege to officially open the new 3G Football 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 refurbished facility will be of a tremendous benefit to local football clubs and community for many years to come.”

Measuring 101.9m x 62.70m, McArdle Sport Tec selected TigerTurf UK’s Total Turf 60XQ synthetic grass carpet to meet with FIFA Quality Pro (previously known as FIFA one star and FIFA two star) performance standards.

Football Freestylers were invited, along with Mark Prisk, MP for Hereford and Stortford to attend the opening ceremony and to cut the ribbon. The new state-of-the-art community 3G Football facility will serve to strengthen the connection between Hertfordshire’s professional clubs and the local community.

The Freestylers, Billy Wingrove and Jeremy Lynch put on a show for everyone at the opening launch

Refurnished facility will be of a tremendous benefit

“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.”

Mark Prisk, MP for Hertford and Stortford

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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 3G 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 finished 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 3G Pitch 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 3G Pitch enhanced Wolves’ academy status to ‘Category One’ – the highest status that can be awarded by the Premier League’s academy accreditation system.

Maximising their potential

“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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BRIDGEMARY SCHOOL

A WATER-LOGGED NATURAL GRASS PITCH WAS MAKING IT DIFFICULT FOR THE SCHOOL TO USE DURING THE WINTER MONTHS.

Due to these problems with their natural turf pitch, Bridgemary school applied, and successfully received, a £355,397 grant from the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund managed by the Football Foundation to enable to installation of a Artificial Grass Pitch.

McArdle Sport Tec and partners TigerTurf were appointed to deliver the brand new 7,526 sq. metre Artificial Grass Pitch, which was to be used all year round by not only the school, but also by the Chelsea FC Foundation during the school holidays for community outreach work.

The new Artificial Grass Pitch installation included fencing, floodlighting and a spectator area, which meant the school were able to play competitive fixtures and take bookings from local football clubs, such as local partner clubs including Gosport FC, Gosport Borough Youth FC and Spartan Colts FC. These clubs were to use the new site for training and matches, encouraging the increase in participation among those clubs as well, and enabling them to create new teams.

The Artificial Grass Pitch installation began in May 2014 and was completed in 14 weeks, ready for the new school term.

Former Chelsea player and current Blues Academy coach, Jon Harley, attended the opening ceremony of Bridgemary School’s new floodlit 3G Pitch.

Jon, who played in Chelsea’s FA Cup winning team in 2000, said, “It was a privilege to open the excellent 3G Pitch at Bridgemary School. The investment provided by the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation, has enabled the school to offer a stunning facility for the local community to utilise all-year round.”

State-of-the-art sports pitch

“This state-of-the-art sports pitch will have a hugely positive impact on local grassroots sport and football development for many years to come.”

Scott Sivier, Bridgemary School

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