The Importance of Artificial Pitch Maintenance

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

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

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

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

PITCH LOCATION

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

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

ROUTINE MAINTENANCE

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

APPROPRIATE FOOTWEAR

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

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

REGULAR BRUSHING

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

INFILL TOP-UPS

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

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

REMOVAL OF MOSS AND ALGAE

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

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

WINTER MAINTENANCE

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

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

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

EDUCATING PLAYERS

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

 

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

Chippenham Rugby Football Club  – Allington Fields

Rugby Football Union 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.

Credits to Kevin Gunn at Chippenham RFC for drone footage

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.

“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 Bannister – Chairman of Chippenham RFC

“This was a perfect ‘text-book’ project, everything went smoothly to plan, so much so, that after making great progress preparing and laying foundations, arrangements were made to bring forwards the next stages of the build to ensure the project would not be held up.”

“The advancement of our groundworks also took into consideration the careful and meticulous management of an existing foul pipe which ran through the pitch foundations, I had arranged multiple cctv monitoring of the pipe which was carried out to ensure the stability of the structure throughout the build. Regular communication with ourselves and the Club ensured that our operations were effective with no interferences.”

Paul Lockyer, McArdle Sport Tec Chippenham RFC Project Site Manager

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Why it’s important to resurface your sports pitch

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

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

How can I tell if my pitch needs resurfacing?

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

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

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

What are the benefits of sports pitch resurfacing?

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

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

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

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

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

Will this affect my pitch accreditation standards?

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

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

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

What can McArdle Sport Tec do?

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

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

Dorothy Hyman Before Sports Pitch Resurfacing

Dorothy Hyman Sports Centre – Before Resurfacing

Dorothy Hyman Sports Pitch Resurfacing

Dorothy Hyman Sports Centre – After Resurfacing

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.”

“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.

“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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It’s a Parklife!

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

parklife programme

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

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

Our completed Parklife Projects:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thorncliffe Recreation Ground
Heron Eccles
Heron Eccles

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

Steve Barclay, Estimating Director at McArdle Sport Tec

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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.

“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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BEAUCHAMP’S HIGH SCHOOL

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.

“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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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”.

“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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Bedford Athletic Rugby Club – Putnoe Woods

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.

“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.”

England Rugby

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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”.

“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.”

England Rugby

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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.”

“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.”

England Rugby

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CHESHUNT RUGBY CLUB – THE ROSEDALE SPORTS CLUB

McArdle Sport Tec are delighted to build our 3rd ‘RFU Rugby 365 programme’ World Rugby Regulation 22 3G 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.”

“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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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.

“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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RFU’S 3G RUGBY PITCH PILOT SCHEME – HORNETS RFC

McArdle Sport Tec & TigerTurf were delighted to have been selected by the RFU for the artificial 3G 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 turf 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 3G 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 all-weather playing facilities across the country, with the RFU pledging to invest in 100 floodlit artificial 3G rugby pitches for the grassroots game across the country over a four-year period. They claim the major driver for 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.

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 all-weather 3G 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 artificial 3G rugby pitch took place on Sunday 15th January 2017. The new 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 pitch and beat Camborne. The feedback received about the new pitch was excellent; we hope the winning streak continues.

“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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BATH RFC – FARLEIGH HOUSE

Farleigh House, home of Bath Rugby Club’s training ground, appointed McArdle Sport Tec to construct a new artificial 3G rugby pitch.

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

The project brief was to design and build an IRB certified rugby pitch. For this, we carefully chose TigerTurf’s Total Turf 65mm 3G carpet, which we laid upon an engineered macadam pitch base and a 15mm in-situ shock pad.

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

David Reed, the Estate Manager of Farleigh House, stated, “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.”

This project was overseen by the specialist sports pitch consultants, STRI.

Our Sports Surfaces

We offer a comprehensive service from conception and planning through to design and construction.

UNIVERSITY OF STIRLING

We submitted a successful tender to install two all-weather pitches at the University of Stirling in Scotland. This included a full-size 3G rugby surface and a sand-dressed hockey pitch.

After being designated Scotland’s “University for Sporting Excellence” in recognition of its contribution to Scottish sport, the University of Stirling sought two new playing surfaces in 2012. The University contacted specialist sports consultants Sports Labs Ltd to assist with their plans for the reconstruction of a full-size 3G artificial turf pitch and an FIH National tested Hockey surface. After submitting a tender for the new pitches, McArdle Sport Tec were chosen for the installation.

The University needed a 3G carpet for rugby which met both IRB and FIFA one star and FIFA two star accreditations and which guaranteed a minimum of 20,000 playing hours. For this reason, TigerTurf UK’s Total Turf XQ with a 65m pile height was selected. For the hockey pitch, the popular sand-dressed Evo Pro surface by TigerTurf UK was chosen. This is fully compliant with the International Hockey Federation’s National standard.

Since the installation of the £525,000 facilities, the University of Stirling’s sport-centred campus has become a hub for the local community, bringing together the people shaping Scottish sport, their expertise and excellence.

“Since installing two new artificial sports surfaces, they have been very well used, and will continue to be used for many years to come. Our sports surfaces now match our strong and ever growing reputation within Scottish sport and will continue to help our players develop and perform well in competitive fixtures.” – Christie McNaughton, Project Manager at the University of Stirling.

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UNIVERSITY OF EXETER

The University took on a mammoth project over the Summer holidays which included the resurfacing of their existing rugby pitch.

In 2014, we were approached by The University of Exeter to submit a price to resurface their existing sports pitch.

The University’s brief was that they required a 3G sports surface to replace their existing artificial pitch. The surface had to be suitable primarily for men and women’s rugby, but also for football, lacrosse and American football and ultimate frisbee. The pitch was to be used extensively with almost constant use, 7 days a week, during the university term, so it was vital that it included floodlighting and that it was fenced.

Due to the demands of the usage pattern and the sports to be played a shock pad was required to meet with IRB Regulation 22.

The University also required the surface system to be accredited to FIFA 2 star standards. Taking all of the requirements into consideration, which we selected Tiger Turf UK’s Total Turf 60 XQ for this job.

We completed the project in late 2014 and it was very well received by the University and was part of £9 million over haul of facilities.

“To be able to offer incredible facilities and superb services to our students, staff and external members, we know we must continue to improve and invest and strive for excellence. We hope that everyone is able to benefit from the sports facilities across all our sites.” – Neil Sheppard, Assistant Director of Sport.

Our Sports Surfaces

We offer a comprehensive service from conception and planning through to design and construction.