Eirias Park – Stadiwm CSM

McArdle Sport Tec are delighted to return to Eirias Park in Colwyn Bay.

In 2018, McArdle Sport Tec installed a full-sized FIFA Quality and World Rugby Reg 22 certified artificial turf rugby pitch at Eirias Park for Colwyn County Borough Council.

Four years later, after a competitive tendering process through specialist sports pitch consultants Surfacing Standards Ltd; McArdle Sport Tec were appointed by the Council to redevelop the existing stadium otherwise known as Stadiwm CSM.

McArdle Sport Tec were commissioned to convert an existing natural turf pitch infield an existing athletics track, which was originally constructed in 1987; to create a new community FIFA Quality and World Rugby Regulation 22 certified artificial turf rugby pitch.

Key Considerations:

Installing an artificial sports pitch within an existing athletics track takes a considerable amount of additional planning and preparation.
A protective haul road with a foam underlay was placed over the track to ensure construction traffic did not cause any damage. The surrounding sports facilities remained operational throughout the installation.

The earthworks adjacent to the athletics track were carefully and meticulously excavated which mitigated any damage to the kerbing, polymeric surfacing, and the tracks structural integrity. Our team also removed the existing natural turf pitch irrigation system.

The new 3G pitch was designed with a camber, the pitch levels sloped over the last meter on all four sides of the pitch, this enabled a balanced cut and fill, eliminating the need to remove subsoil from site.

Eirias Park – Stadiwm CSM:

The stadium provides a vital rugby and football ground which has previously hosted the under 20’s Six Nation Games, but also provides another important social resource; the venue has been used for many high-profile concerts including Sir Tom Jones and Katherine Jenkins.

Upon completion, McArdle’s were commissioned to undertake an unusual scope of works, to overfill the 3G pitch with rubber crumb infill. In fact, an extra 85 tonnes were used to overfill the pitch 2mm over the grass yarn; this process would protect the artificial grass surface underneath pedestrian event flooring. Shortly after the completion of the artificial rugby pitch, Stadiwm CSM hosted 3 major musical events including, Classical Ministry of Sound, NDubz and Rag n Bone Man.

Note of thanks:
The new 3rd generation pitch was made possible thanks to Conwy County Borough Council, the Welsh Rugby Union, FFit Conwy and CSM Services Group.
Drone photos supplied by Surfacing Standards Limited

“Conwy County Borough Council recently completed a third Artificial Pitch Development with McArdle Sport Tec. The two previous Artificial Sports Pitch projects were delivered at Parc Eirias in Colwyn Bay & at Abergele Leisure Centre in the East of Conwy County. All three Artificial Pitch projects have been expertly managed, delivered on time & within budget.”

“I am extremely happy with McArdle Sport Tec’s standard of work & look forward to working with them again in the future”

Mally Tidswell, Principal Leisure Manager for Conwy County Borough Council.

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World Rugby Reg 22 3G pitch

Chippenham RFC are back in business.

After months of unsettled and uncertain times due to Covid-19, Chippenham RFC are thrilled to have reopened their artificial rugby pitch to members from Saturday 1st August.

After extensive consideration, risk assessments, preparations, and ensuring the club abides by Government and RFU guidelines, the club will reopen for training sessions to existing members until further advice.

Social bubbles of 6 players can train on the facilities whilst still maintaining social distancing. The full size WR Reg 22 pitch at Allington Fields can accommodate plentiful social bubbles, opening their doors to as many club members who wish to return.

WR Reg 22 Rugby Pitch

Partners TigerTurf and McArdle Sport Tec were delighted to be awarded Chippenham RFC’s tender through the Rugby Football Union framework. Furthermore, we were thrilled to complete the construction 4 weeks ahead of programme, a very small consolation to the club, allowing them to utilise the pitch earlier than scheduled.

The construction works went perfectly; meticulous planning and organisation from our project-specific team ensured all stages went accordingly to plan, and our groundworks team made such advanced progress on our pitch foundations that the following additional build stages all needed to be brought forwards and planned appropriately.

The club officially opened their new 3G rugby pitch on the 17th November 2019, hosting a weekend full of events and prestigious guests including: Junior Vice President of the RFU Nigel Gillingham, Dorset and Wiltshire RFU Stuart Murrow, Stove, Mayor of Chippenham Cllr Densa Allen, Brian Ashton MBE ex England coach, Steve Borthwick Leicester Tigers head coach & Tom Dunn Bath RFC player and current Chippenham club member.

Credits to Kevin Gunn at Chippenham RFC for drone footage

The whole project went very smoothly and in fact finished
four weeks ahead of schedule

“We recently had an Artificial Grass Pitch installed and managed by McArdle Sport at Chippenham Rugby Club.

We were really impressed by the team at McArdle’s who provided advice and support at the pre-commencement stage sharing their experience and putting the club members at ease. This gave us the confidence that the right contractor had been appointed and as we moved into the build stage, we had regular communication with the site team who were not only consummate professionals but also understood the requirements of the club.

The whole project went very smoothly and in fact finished four weeks ahead of schedule which was a great surprise to the club however it meant our members could get early use of the pitch.

I would recommend McArdle Sport to other clubs who need not only a professional contractor but also one that always considers the needs of the club.”

Ian Banister, Chairman at Chippenham RFC

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Dartford Valley RFC

McArdle Sport Tec were delighted to install an artificial rugby pitch at Stone Lodge for Dartford Borough Council.

Established in 1967, Dartford Valley RFC are settling well into their new club facilities at Stone Lodge.

The council-owned land was previously home to Stone House Hospital and host to a public rifle and pistol range. The council decided to redevelop the land for housing, a new secondary school, and to provide a permanent home for Dartford Valley RFC, providing an accessible 3G rugby pitch to the growing community and secondary school development.

McArdle Sport Tec were delighted to have been awarded the competitive public tender by Dartford Borough Council in association with Total Project Integration.

Installation of the new World Rugby Reg 22 artificial pitch was synchronised with contractors BBS Construction who were awarded a separate contract for the club house and natural turf pitch.

McArdle started construction works in November 2018 from a prepared formation level, installing perimeter and lateral drains and an engineered base layer before handing back over to BBS Construction before Christmas to continue with the club house build over the winter months. The Artificial Rugby Pitch installation works re-commenced in Spring 2019 to complete the shock pad, artificial carpet, floodlighting and fencing works.

Contract Manager Barry Jacobs commented:
“The state-of-the-art artificial rugby pitch installation provides an air of gentrification to an up and coming area. Many nearby residents were at first sceptical but were won over as the project progressed. I am very proud to have been involved in a successful project and hope both the club as well as other parties enjoy this new facility.”

Peter Timon, Chair, Dartford Valley Rugby Club said, “Rugby is about family and community but also about discipline, respect and teamwork.”

Involve and engage huge numbers of families

“Rugby has the potential to involve and engage huge numbers of families. I’m very proud to be bringing that to the heart of the Stone Lodge community.”

Jeremy Kite – Leader of Dartford Borough Council

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Eirias Parc

Conwy County Borough Council award competitive tender to Principle Contractor, McArdle Sport Tec.

Colwyn Bay Leisure Centre at Parc Eirias is recognised as a national centre of sporting excellence, managed by Conwy County Borough Council.

Recent redevelopments will benefit the wider community, contributing to social, economic and environmental well-being whilst further enhancing the facilities with a vision by the council to attract more professional and national sporting teams to the venue.

The new 3G artificial turf rugby pitch complies with Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Quality and World Rugby Reg 22 standards with the purpose of relieving pressure from the existing main stadium pitch, so that this facility can be reserved for showcase football and rugby fixtures.

Centrally located to the leisure centre, the 3G rugby pitch was built on a previous disc golf area over undulating ground. Throughout the planning and design stage, environmental impact was of great importance; numerous bat boxes were installed, and twenty-four trees were planted to offset the removal of existing trees during the construction phase.

Minister for culture, tourism and sport, Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas, officially opened the new artificial rugby pitch alongside members of the Conwy County Borough Council.

Lord Elis-Thomas quoted:

“The pitch is a very welcome addition to the wealth of top class indoor and outdoor sports and leisure facilities in North Wales and will no doubt contribute to the growth of sport in the region. Good quality, modern facilities play a huge part in encouraging more people to get active and it’s an honour to be here at beautiful Eirias.”

McArdle Sport Tec have developed successful and professional relationships over the past years founded on our exemplary reputation, specialist and comprehensive guidance with continuing support and management throughout project deliveries.

If you would like to discuss your artificial sports pitch project or refurbishment, please contact us on 01491 527 810 or email us: enquire@mcardlesport.co.uk.

Superb new pitch

“This superb new pitch complements and enhances the existing facilities in Parc Eirias – a high quality resource that will encourage, and enable, greater participation in physical activity. Contractors McArdle Sport Tec have been working on the site since April.”

Cllr Louise Emery – Colwyn County Borough Council Cabinet Member

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IVYBRIDGE RUGBY CLUB

McArdle Sport Tec are delighted to build another ‘RFU Rugby 365 programme’ World Rugby Regulation 22 3G pitch.

Treve Mitchell, president for the Devon RFU, officially opened Ivybridge RFC’s new Rugby 365 artificial grass pitch on the 1st September, the first of its kind in Devon and Cornwall. The new facilities enable the club to grow participating numbers throughout all the seasons and eliminate the need to cancel training sessions or matches due to the unreliability of the natural turf pitches.

The new 7452m² 3G pitch was built to World Rugby Regulation 22 standards using TigerTurf’s Rugby 360 artificial grass. TigerTurf won a competitive tender with partners McArdle Sport Tec, and the new pitch was completed in August 2018.

Ivybridge RFC President Alan Knight quoted the following:

“The new 3G rugby pitch has only been open a few weeks, but the facilities have been well received by the club and community. Before the new artificial pitch was built, our 5 natural grass pitches would cause major problems as soon as the weather worsened. We would fear any wet weather knowing that the grass pitches would soon be waterlogged, slippery and uneven, the pitches would be too unsafe to continue with training and matches, and the maintenance needed on the natural turf was incredibly time consuming. This new Rugby 365 pitch elevates the pressure and worry of whether training sessions or matches can continue throughout the winter, our new floodlights are far superior, and we plan to schedule many more matches and training classes. It is a wonderful relief knowing we have the 3G rugby pitch available, all our rugby players desperately want to use the pitch.

We are so appreciative of the work and the standard of the rugby pitch produced by McArdle Sport Tec, we are very pleased”.

Very pleased with the end result

“We are so appreciative of the work and the standard of the rugby pitch produced by McArdle Sport Tec, we are very pleased with the end result.”

Alan Knight, President of Ivybridge Rugby Football Club

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McArdle Sport Tec are delighted to build another ‘RFU Rugby 365 programme’ World Rugby Regulation 22 3G pitch.

Bedford Athletic RFC officially opened their new Rugby 365 3G artificial grass pitch (AGP) on the 29th September. TigerTurf won this competitive tender through the Rugby Football Union Framework, and partners McArdle Sport Tec completed the project in August 2018.

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) identified that the Bedford area had very limited access to artificial grass pitches; the club was strategically identified as an important requirement for improvement and they prioritised this development. The new artificial pitch will provide a multi-functional venue capable of supporting training and hosting competitions; it is anticipated that the new pitch will be used up to 91 hours per week.

Meeting World Rugby Reg 22 standards, the artificial carpet selected was TigerTurf’s Rugby 360 laid upon a 20mm insitu shock pad. Developed with safety and performance standards in mind, Rugby 360 provides a durable, safe surface for rugby and football, suited to the rigorous demands of rugby training and matches. The new facilities also benefit from new Duralock fencing and floodlighting to enable continuous play throughout the seasons.

Rugby 365

“The RFU (Rugby Football Union) is the national governing body for grassroots and elite rugby in England, with 2,000 autonomous rugby clubs in its membership.”

So, what is the RFU Rugby 365 programme?

After the Rugby World Cup in 2015, the RFU set out a legacy to invest more than £50m over a four-year period to develop 100 artificial grass pitches within the United Kingdom. The Rugby Football Union wanted to create accessible facilities & increase participation within the sport. It is anticipated that the Rugby 365 programme will create over 50,000 available playing hours, enabling more training sessions and matches to take place. 3G rugby pitches are durable, safe, allowing all-year round play, which can withstand extensive usage.

World Rugby compliant

“The RFU’s Rugby 365 artificial grass pitch (AGP) programme is part of its Rugby World Cup 2015 legacy of delivering World Rugby compliant (WR22) AGPs across England.”

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Cheltenham RUGBY CLUB – Newlands Park

McArdle Sport Tec are delighted to build another ‘RFU Rugby 365 programme’ World Rugby Regulation 22 3G pitch.

Cheltenham RFC are benefiting from a new Rugby Football Union (RFU) funded World Rugby Reg 22 artificial grass pitch (AGP), the first of its kind in North Gloucestershire. The pitch is part of the RFU’s Rugby 365 programme, following on from the Rugby World Cup 2015 legacy of delivering over £50m investment over four years into the development of one hundred artificial 3G rugby pitches across England.

The new facilities will enhance the quality of play and increase the pitch availability in comparison to the club’s previous natural grass pitch, which proved to be unreliable, unsafe and waterlogged in the winter months.

Cheltenham Tigers Rugby Club are based at 19 acre site at Newlands Park, which has been owned by the Club since 2007. The rugby club successfully raised £60,914 through a crowdfunding campaign which funded part of this new development.

Working with partners TigerTurf who won this competitive tender, the pitch was completed in July, measuring 8694m2 ,using TigerTurf’s Rugby 360 artificial carpet alongside new floodlighting and fencing.

Rugby 365

“The RFU (Rugby Football Union) is the national governing body for grassroots and elite rugby in England, with 2,000 autonomous rugby clubs in its membership.

All of this is supported by the RFU’s 50 Rugby Development Officers, six Area Managers and 120 Community Rugby Coaches across the country, who provide some 30,000 coaching sessions a year for young people.”

Steve Grainger, RFU Rugby Development Director, commented: “We hope the local community will embrace the new AGP and take advantage of the additional opportunities it provides people to play year-round rugby. Since launching our first sites in January we have seen local clubs, schools and teams from across the local areas all embracing the opportunity to play on the world-class facilities without weather, darkness or lack of pitch access limiting their ability to enjoy this great game”.

World Rugby compliant

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NORTH BRISTOL RUGBY CLUB – THE OAKLANDS

McArdle Sport Tec are delighted to build another ‘RFU Rugby 365 programme’ World Rugby Regulation 22 3G pitch.

North Bristol RFC held the official opening of their new Rugby 365 pitch on Saturday 15th September. Working with partners TigerTurf, McArdle were delighted to install the new World Rugby Regulation 22 facilities for the club based at the Oaklands in Almondsbury.

Founded in 1993, North Bristol RFC approached the Rugby Football Union (RFU) for funding on the Rugby 365 artificial grass pitch (AGP) programme. The installation of the AGP helped resolve the club’s (and local community’s) problem with maintaining training sessions and hosting matches. The existing natural turf pitches could not withstand the vast number of rugby players especially during poor weather conditions.

The RFU’s main objective when installing artificial pitches is to sustain and grow participation in the game whilst overcoming increasing pressure on natural turf pitches, the impact of wetter winters resulting in postponed matches, changing player expectations and competition from other sports investing in artificial pitches.

North Bristol RFC director David Godfrey said:

“The pitch provides a playing surface which meets modern requirements and is a high-quality surface which will benefit both North Bristol RFC and the wider community as local clubs, schools and residents can hire it.

Not only will games go ahead when the grass pitches are waterlogged, but the amount of rugby which can be scheduled on the AGP means that the grass pitches will receive less wear and the club will be able to keep them in a better condition throughout the season.

We’re really excited to launch the facilities on the weekend. All the events are open to everyone and it is hoped that the local community will come to see the new facilities, meet some of the Bears players, and take part in what should be a fantastic weekend.”

World Rugby compliant

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CHESHUNT RUGBY CLUB – THE ROSEDALE SPORTS CLUB

McArdle Sport Tec are delighted to build our 3rd ‘RFU Rugby 365 programme’ Artificial Rugby Turf pitch.

Cheshunt Rugby Club are celebrating the handover and official opening of their new 3G rugby pitch at Rosedale Sports Club. The facility was officially opened on the 26th April when Eddie Jones hosted a coaching masterclass on the pitch for aspiring coaches.

Established in 1952, Cheshunt RFC was originally formed by pupils attending the Cheshunt Grammar School for boys. In 2004 Cheshunt RFC obtained the Rugby Football Union’s ‘Seal of Approval’ one of the first club’s in the United Kingdom to gain this accreditation.

The new 8664m² 3G pitch was built to World Rugby Regulation 22 standards using TigerTurf’s Rugby 360 artificial grass. TigerTurf won a competitive tender with partners McArdle Sport Tec, and the new pitch was completed in March 2018.

So, what is the RFU’s Rugby 365 programme?

“The RFU (Rugby Football Union) is the national governing body for grassroots and elite rugby in England, with 2,000 autonomous rugby clubs in its membership.

The RFU’s Rugby 365, AGP programme is part of its Rugby World Cup 2015 legacy of delivering more than £50m investment over four years into the development of 100 AGPs across England.

All of this is supported by the RFU’s 50 Rugby Development Officers, six Area Managers and 120 Community Rugby Coaches across the country, who provide some 30,000 coaching sessions a year for young people.”

England Rugby – Rugby 365

Gary Barton, Chairman of Cheshunt RFC quoted:

“We have suffered for years with pitch deterioration. Our natural turf site is underlain by clay, so becomes very easily waterlogged. With the increased numbers we have seen through kid’s rugby teams, overuse has also become a serious issue.

We have suffered especially over recent years, with the bad weather over the winter months meaning we have had to move, postpone and cancel numerous games.

We hope that the 3G pitch will lead to a greater uptake of rugby members in the local area across girls, boy’s, men’s and women’s rugby, as well as providing a venue, alongside our excellent new clubhouse, for hosting representative matches. It will also allow us to train all-year round, and to avoid cancelling rugby for our members.”

The positive impact we’ve been able to make on the local community

“Cheshunt Rugby Club and the client were extremely easy to work with, the pitch looks and plays brilliantly; and we are delighted with the positive impact we’ve been able to make on the local community. This project was challenging, we had to overcome a substantial retaining wall, and re-engineered the south-west corner of the site to accommodate the pitch footprint. We are thrilled to be involved in the RFU Rugby 365 incentive, and McArdle have constructed three out the eleven initial pitches on the RFU Rugby 365 programme.”

Shaun Gill, Senior Site Manager for McArdle Sport Tec

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Outstanding Community Facility”

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

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

Simon Armstrong Facilities Manager at Ilkley Town FC

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ENFIELD PLAYING FIELDS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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First-class facilities in areas they will have the greatest impact

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

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

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

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation

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

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

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

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

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

Neil Cassar, CEO of Hampshire FA, commented:

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

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

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation said:

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

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

Great news for our community

“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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OXFORD ACADEMY – 3G COMMUNITY FOOTBALL PITCH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A state-of-the-art facility

“The Oxford Academy would like to thank the Football Foundation and the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund for the support and funding provided for this project. As a facility we have struggled to accommodate local sports clubs for their training and fixtures in recent years. This new facility will enable us to provide a state-of-the-art facility, along with our current facilities, to local community clubs. As a school, one of our objectives is to serve the community in the evenings and weekends. This project has allowed us to take a step closer to achieving this.”

Matthew Brandish, Community Operations Manager for Oxford Academy

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SHELFORD RUGBY CLUB, THE DAVEY FIELD

McArdle Sport Tec are delighted to build our 2nd ‘RFU Rugby 365 programme’ pitch at The Davey Field.

Shelford Rugby Club, known to their fans as ‘The Peacock Family’, are celebrating the handover and official opening of their brand new 3G rugby pitch construction at The Davey Field. Thanks to the RFU Rugby 365 programme rolled out across the country, nearly £1million pounds has been invested into the new facilities including new floodlights, fencing and artificial turf.

The new 3G rugby pitch, built to meet World Rugby Regulation 22 standards, will have a positive impact, improving the quality of training and match day experience for those participating at SRFC, but also for the surrounding local rugby partnership. Shelford Rugby Club have been based at The Davey Field since 1965, and secured a 10-year lease with the RFU, allowing the players 12 hours a week on the new facility. The new rugby pitch is available to not only Shelford RFC but also other local rugby clubs, schools, universities, colleges and sports clubs.

So, what is the RFU Rugby 365 programme?

After the Rugby World Cup in 2015, the RFU set out a legacy to invest more than £50m over a four-year period to develop 100 artificial grass pitches within the United Kingdom. The Rugby Football Union wanted to create accessible facilities & increase participation within the sport. It is anticipated that the Rugby 365 programme will create over 50,000 available playing hours, enabling more training sessions and matches to take place. 3G rugby pitches are durable, safe, allow all-year round play, and can withstand extensive usage.

Currently 6 pitches have been built on the Rugby 365 programme, benefiting five new areas. McArdle are delighted to have worked in partnership with TigerTurf to install two of these 3g rugby pitch constructions: Hornets RC and Shelford RC. The RFU have reported that in four months of on-season usage since the initial first three Rugby 365 pitches opened, 250 matches have been hosted and more than 30 festivals of rugby held, with over 20,000 players enjoying these new facilities. Once all the planned artificial grass pitches are built it is estimated that grassroots rugby will see 16,000 brand new members taking up the sport.

“McArdle Sport Tec were a pleasure to work with throughout the project. They delivered a high-quality synthetic rugby pitch conforming to World Rugby standards on time and with no defects. We would recommend all clubs wishing to build a synthetic pitch to use McArdle’s to ensure they get a high-quality facility, delivered by a great team, that will stand the test of time and provide years of enjoyment for club members.”  M.B Mills Shelford Rugby Club

The pitch looks and plays brilliantly

“Shelford Rugby Club and the client were extremely easy to work with. The 3G rugby pitch installation went smoothly, and we are pleased to be involved in the RFU Rugby 365 incentive. It is still early days, and McArdle have constructed two out of the six initial pitches on the RFU Rugby 365 programme. The pitch looks and plays brilliantly and we are delighted with the positive impact we’ve been able to make on the local community.”

David Darnell, Contracts Manager for McArdle Sport Tec

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ETON COLLEGE

McArdle Sport Tec Ltd are very proud to have recently handed over a new full-size sand-dressed artificial turf hockey pitch at Eton College’s sports ground.

The college selected TigerTurf’s Evo Pro synthetic hockey surface to deliver a a high-performing hockey pitch which could be used all year round. Eton College opted for bespoke hockey world cup colours, the field of play is dark green with a lighter green surround run off. Tested to FIH standards for hockey, TigerTurf Evo Pro is the most popular synthetic hockey surface in the UK, with over 100 pitches having been constructed to date.

The project involved the complete reconstruction of an existing dilapidated artificial turf pitch, measuring over 6,000 sqm. The refurbishment required a partial new shock pad and replacement dividing nets. The new synthetic hockey pitch was completed within budget and a week ahead of schedule, ready for the new school term.

Finished pitch has been very well received

“The contract went very smoothly and to time. I was very pleased with the overall experience with McArdle from tender to completion. The finished pitch has been very well received by our hockey club and other recreational users.”

Grounds Manager, Eton College

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RFU’S ARTIFICIAL RUGBY PITCH PILOT SCHEME – HORNETS RFC

MCARDLE SPORT TEC & TIGERTURF WERE DELIGHTED TO HAVE BEEN SELECTED BY THE RFU FOR THE ARTIFICIAL RUGBY PITCH CONSTRUCTION AT HORNETS RFC.

McArdle Sport Tec, TigerTurf UK & Technical Surfaces were pleased to have been selected as the contractor/manufacturer/maintenance team appointed for the artificial 3G rugby pitch construction at major rugby club Hornets RFC, Weston-Super-Mare. Working with TigerTurf, McArdle installed their new “Rugby 360” third-generation artificial rugby pitch at the club’s Hutton Moor Road site. The Hornets were selected as one of the clubs to be included in the pilot scheme which aims to continue the RFU’s Rugby World Cup 2015 legacy of delivering over £50m investment over four years into the development of one hundred artificial rugby pitches across England; sixty on rugby club sites and forty on community sites.

The scheme has been devised by the RFU to offer superior 3G rugby pitch playing facilities across the country, with the RFU pledging to invest in 100 floodlit artificial rugby pitches for the grassroots game across the country over a four-year period. They claim the major driver for installing artificial rugby pitches is to sustain and grow participation in the game whilst overcoming increasing pressure on natural turf pitches, the impact of wetter winters resulting in postponed matches, changing player expectations, and competition from other sports investing in artificial rugby pitches.

Steve Grainger, RFU Rugby Development Director said: “With changing expectations and aspirations, it is clear that rugby, like other sports, needs to provide playing surfaces that meet modern requirements.” He added, “Following the Rugby World Cup 2015, there has been an upsurge in interest in rugby, not least from aspiring coaches, referees and young players, and this is an exciting opportunity to further develop our community rugby facilities.” The new scheme is thought to be the biggest single investment in the grass-roots game by the governing body; it follows the decision by the Football Association to invest £260 million to build 600 3G rugby pitches and create 150 football hubs over the next four years.

RFU area facilities manager, Jon Bendle, said: “This really is an exciting opportunity for the entire rugby community in North Somerset. We hope that a number of the surrounding clubs, schools and colleges will want to utilise this great facility.” He continued, “The new facilities will improve the quality of the rugby experience at Hornets and provide more playing opportunities, especially for people in the 14-24 age group.”

The RFU’s official opening ceremony for the new 3Grugby pitch took place on Sunday 15th January 2017. The new artificial sports pitch was opened by RFU President Peter Baines. Preceding the ceremony, Hornets Colts played Weston Colts and immediately after the opening ceremony, The Hornettes played Cullumpton Ladies.

The club held an unofficial opening the previous weekend and over 700 spectators arrived to see the new pitch. Hornets’ first team played their first game on the new artificial grass pitch and beat Camborne. The feedback received about the new artificial sports surface was excellent; we hope the winning streak continues.

Exciting opportunity

“Following the Rugby World Cup 2015, there has been an upsurge in interest in rugby, not least from aspiring coaches, referees and young players, and this is an exciting opportunity to further develop our community rugby facilities.”

Steve Grainger, RFU Rugby Development Director

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Proud to continue our Long-standing working relationship with Manchester United Football Club.

McArdle Sport Tec understand that professional players require the best playing surfaces on which to perform, and that only the very best will do for such a high-calibre club. We are proud to have installed numerous pitches for Manchester United at their training ground.

2001: We designed a ‘caged’ outdoor artificial football pitch at their Carrington Training Ground. The 3G Football pitch was enclosed by nets to confine the balls. We also installed an indoor 3G pitch at Manchester United’s The Cliff Training Ground in Salford. We received very positive feedback from the Football club and this was the start of many future pitch projects working closely with Clive Snell, the Facility Manager at Manchester United.

“Our first Artificial pitch was a 40m x 40m installed in a caged area. We were able to work with McArdle Sport Tec to ensure that this synthetic playing surface was used as a trial area and brought to the playing characteristics required by our coaching staff. McArdle’s team worked very hard to ensure this was achieved and we are very grateful for their flexibility. We were then able to use these trials to ensure that the new surfaces installed at the Academy were of identical standard.” – Clive Snell.

2002: In 2002, we were appointed once again, to construct the first full-size artificial football pitch at the Trafford Training Centre in Carrington.

2009: When the indoor 3G training pitch at Carrington training ground was due for refurbishment , Manchester United contacted McArdle Sport Tec once again. We installed 4,800sqm of Lano’s Profoot MXSi system, possibly the most advanced 3G artificial carpet system on the market at the time.

Clive Snell, Facilities Manager at Carrington, stated that Manchester United were “delighted with the installation”.

Unfortunately, shortly after the artificial pitch refurbishment , an external film crew who were recording on-site caused significant damage to the surface as they broke a light fixture which contaminated the surface with glass shards and burnt the artifical grass carpet. The club called us back a week before Christmas to replace the artificial football pitch surface which we managed to completed in-time for Christmas.
“When we decided to replace our synthetic football pitch we automatically chose McArdle Sport Tec as they had installed our original 3G football pitch. Our previous experience had shown us that McArdle Sport Tec provided a very high-level of service and were able to deliver the project with a minimum of fuss. We are delighted with the installation of our new artificial football pitch and McArdle Sport Tec once again demonstrated their ability to deliver a high-quality project.” – Clive Snell.

2012: , We were contacted by the club once more, to design and build an additional 3G cage and a polymeric surface. We used Lano Profoot MXSi60 for the artificial turf pitch to match the indoor artificial playing surface which we installed in 2009.
McArdle Sport Tec are honoured to be part of Manchester Football Club’s continuous improvement process.

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“The Academy have been using these surfaces since July of this year and it has received high acclaim from our coaches, players and visiting clubs. This has also been backed up by excellent after sales services.”

Clive Snell, Facility Manager, Man Utd FC

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FARLEIGH HOUSE, HOME OF BATH RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB’S TRAINING GROUND, APPOINTED MCARDLE SPORT TEC TO CONSTRUCT A NEW ARTIFICIAL RUGBY PITCH.

We were very pleased to have been involved in the construction of a new artificial rugby pitch at Farleigh House. The new 3G Turf pitch was to be a great addition to Bath Rugby Club’s existing training facilities.

The project brief was to design and build a Wordl Rugby Ref 22 (Previously known as IRB) certified artificial rugby pitch. To enable this , we carefully selected TigerTurf’s Total Turf 65mm 3G turf carpet, which was laid upon an engineered macadam pitch base and a 15mm in-situ shock pad.

Our team completed the construction within the given 10 week contract period, and within the specified budget.

This Artificial Turf Rugby Pitch was overseen by the specialist sports pitch consultants, STRI.

FINISHED PRODUCT LOOKS SUPERB

“We were given the task of creating a 3G pitch to add to the training facilities of Bath Rugby Club here at Farleigh House. McArdle Sport Tec gave us a very competitive quotation and despite challenging terrain and weather conditions completed the job within the agreed time scale. Everyone agrees that the finished product looks superb! We were very impressed with the whole team ably led by David Darnell.”

David Reed, the Estate Manager of Farleigh House

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