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 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 on average of 50+ hours per week

Neil Cassar, CEO of Hampshire FA, commented:

“We are one of a few county FA’s 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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MUGA Construction

As well as all-weather pitches, McArdle Sport Tec are also specialists in MUGA construction. MUGA stands for Multi Use Games Area. Put simply, a MUGA pitch or court is a sports surface which can accommodate various sports. They can be made from a variety of surfaces including tarmac, rubber and artificial turf.

MUGA construction involves building one pitch or court which can be utilised for various sports incorporating different line markings. You will have seen tarmac MUGAS marked out for netball, basketball and possibly tennis. The different sports can all be played upon the one surface, differentiated by the different colour line markings.

MUGA Materials- Different types of surface are better suited for different sports, generally MUGA construction consists of the following types of surface:

Type 1 and 2 Macadam – This is a tarmac surface which can be sprayed different colours if required, tarmac is generally the most affordable surface and can accommodate a variety of sports including, tennis, netball, basketball and can be used for skills training for ball games such as football. Tarmac MUGA’s can also be used as generic playgrounds at break times, so are very popular with primary schools.

Type 3 and 4 Polymeric – A synthetic rubber surface created binding small rubber granules with polyurethane which can be sprayed to various colours. Polymeric surfaces are commonly used in athletics track construction as well as MUGA construction, they provide a less slippery surface in comparison to macadam. Type 3 and Type 4 Polymeric surfaces follow Sport England guidelines and are recommended for ball rebound sports as netball, five-a-side football, tennis, mini-tennis, basketball and training areas for non-ball sports such as athletics. They are also suitable for wheelchair sports. Netball is the priority sport for type 3 and five-a-side football and athletics training as the priority use for type 4.

Type 5 – This is an artificial turf surface which can be either 3G or sand-based. A 3G surface is a long pile artificial turf which is infilled with sand and rubber to make the pile stand up, idea for large ball sports such as football and rugby. A sand-based surface has a much lower pile and is partially filled with sand, ideal for hockey, lacrosse and 5-a-side -football.

Why MUGAS are so popular-

MUGAs offer an affordable way for schools and clubs with limited space to provide multiple sports courts and pitches. They can satisfy a wide range of sporting demands and also provide a cost-effective solution. Many schools and sports clubs are restricted by money and space, so MUGAs offer a great solution as they can be designed to meet individual requirements such as size, colour and sports to be played.

Multi Use Games Area


We constructed a MUGA facility at St John’s School in Marlborough, this consisted of the installation of six new tennis courts.

McArdle Sport Tec were pleased to be appointed as the chosen contractor to construct six brand new tennis courts at St John School in Marlborough.

The location was the site of the old St John’s Upper School, a picturesque setting, high above the historical town of Marlborough. The new tarmacadam courts were one of the final stages of a big construction project at the school totalling over £26 million.

The site was on a steep hillside so the six courts were staggered. After the old school buildings were demolished, extensive earthworks had been undertaken. This included the construction of various retaining walls to accommodate the new facility.

Different surfaces were selected for each court depending upon the primary usage, either tennis or netball.

“The tennis courts will be an enormous benefit to students at St John’s.  We will also be making the courts available for use by community groups during evenings, weekends and school holidays, giving a real boost to the provision of sports facilities in the town.”

Dr Hazlewood, Headmaster

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McArdle Sport Tec successfully constructed a tennis facility in East Grinstead with nine new netball courts.

We successfully won a tender to construct the G4S Netball Centre in East Grinstead. The project included the construction of nine tarmac netball courts with the addition of fencing, floodlighting and, a terraced spectator stand and access paths. The facility was built over three tiers and was funded by Mid Sussex Council, Sport England, National Sports Foundation and the G4S.

The new Netball Centre was officially opened by Phyllis Avery, the President of England Netball. This was followed by Scarlet Williams, who was a home grown England U21 player and the face of The G4S Netball Centre, playing in the opening match.

Just two months after the opening ceremony East Grinstead Sports and Social Club (G4S Netball Centre) won The Rose Award for contribution to the development of Netball at grass roots level. Continue reading “G4S Netball Centre”


The Vale of White Horse District Council chose us to install two new all-weather pitches close to our Head Office.

McArdle Sport Tec completed the replacement of two full size, floodlit, sand-dressed monofilament synthetic pitches at Tilsley Park, Abingdon; Oxfordshire’s premier football and athletic centre.

The contract was appointed to us by the The Vale of White Horse District Council, we were particularly keen to be involved in this job as Tilsely Park is local to our offices. Some of our staff members and their partners play on these pitches with their local sporting clubs.

The pitches were constructed in 2013 and for this project we used Lano Hockey Revolution artificial turf carpet. The installation took thirteen weeks and cost approximately £380,000.

Pitch 1 involved uplifting the existing carpet and replacing it with a blue Lano carpet with a red surround, designed for multi-use games and preferred for hockey. Continue reading “Tilsley Park”


We worked with an consultant to install a range of sports surfaces at Weydon School.

We succesfully won a tender through a sports consultant MUGA UK. This was for a large sports facilitiy to be constructed at Weydon School in Farnham, Surrey.

The progamme saw the construction split into phases, the first stage began in September 2013 and was the installation of a 97.4m x 61m 3G pitch suitable for both hockey and football, to meet FA / FIH standards.

The next phase began in January 2014 and included the construction of a block of 6 colour coated tennis courts, to LTA standards, a retaining wall around the tennis courts and the construction of a 3G rugby pitch to RFU/FA standards, measuring 120 x 75m.

The final phase saw the construction of a long jump facility, to meet IAAF standards, 1 cricket square, to meet ECB standards and a non-turf cricket wicket.

The entire project was finished in April 2014 and totalled approximately £1.68m.

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McArdle Sport-Tec were selected to install a state-of-the-art all-weather pitch and three netball courts at The Blandford School.

The new pitch was funded in part by grants from the Premier League, the FA Facilities Fund and Dorset County Council. The project also included the refurbishment of three netball courts and the installation of floodlights.

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said “Congratulations to The Blandford School for working with the Dorset County FA to secure this Premier League & The FA Facilities Funding.

TigerTurf’s Total Turf 40 XQ carpet, made in the UK, was the best solution to provide the school with a quality surface suitable for both football and hockey.

Project Stats:
1 3G pitch (7420 sq. m area)
3 Netball Courts
Perimeter Fencing & Floodlighting

Sally Wilson, Headteacher at The Blandford School commented:

“On behalf of The Blandford School, I am writing to express my sincere gratitude for the work your team has been involved with in respect of our new artificial grass pitch and the refurbishment to our netball courts. The work has been completed on schedule and to a high standard.  The support from Richard Thornton and Paul Lockyer throughout the project was exceptional, and we would have no hesitation in recommending your organisation should that be helpful in the future. Please pass on our thanks to the entire project team.”

Despite being a complicated project due to being located within a conversation area and bordering a flood plain, the work was completed ahead of schedule.

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In the Summer of 2015, we were selected to construct a new all-weather pitch at Aston University in Birmingham.

The University were successful in applying for a funding grant of £247,000 from Sport England to expand the number of community sport programmes the university could deliver with the aim to increase the number of 14-25 year olds regularly participating in sport in the area.

The new all-weather pitch was to replace Aston University’s most widely used pitch which, after 10 years of use was beginning to look tired and had some drainage problems.The new pitch had to be suitable primarily for hockey and also football, with each sport placing very different demands on the surface.

The university worked with a consultant who specified TigerTurf’s Evo Pro sand-dressed carpet as the perfect solution to bridge this gap, while offering a long-lasting pitch able to cope with a high level of use.

Clive Eals, project manager for the Estates and Capital Development department at Aston University, commented:

“The new pitch looks outstanding. Whereas the old pitch had a longer length and rubber crumb infill which wasn’t ideal for playing hockey, the new surface is made with a sand infill – although you wouldn’t know it as you have to go looking for the sand.

“It’s a beautiful, even surface and it just makes you to want to get out there and play sport, which is what we want for our students and the community.”

“We recognise that we have an important role to play in encouraging students to live healthy, active lifestyles and to continue playing sport during their period of academic study. Our new pitch will help us deliver on that commitment while also enhancing the facilities on offer to the local community at this important sports venue. We will also make the new facilities available to local schools during and after the school day. Looking ahead, the nature of our sporting complex will provide us with the exciting opportunity to host major sporting events, on a regular basis.” .”


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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 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 being the wettest UK winter on record. John Hargreaves, Chairman of Reddich 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.”

John, Chairman: “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.”

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