Artificial Hockey Pitch Construction

Competitive hockey has been played on synthetic surfaces for many years at international, national and club level.

Initially a costly outlay, a synthetic hockey pitch can provide invaluable investment returns to your establishment.  We offer extensive choices for hockey pitches ranging from the elite top specification water-based installations to sand-based facilities.

McArdle Sport Tec are FIH Field Builder certified: installers must meet strict criteria set by the FIH otherwise known as ‘International Hockey Federation’; the official governing body for hockey to to achieve the ‘FIH Field Builder’ status.

Only reputable installation companies which have proven consistent and dependable industry standards with the compulsory technical skills, recognised quality, reliability and exemplary project record achieve the FIH Field Builder accreditation.

Whether you are looking to resurface your existing hockey pitch or installing a new facility, our in-house experts can help advise you to establish which type of hockey pitch best fits your needs.

Contact our knowledgeable team to find out more, including a non-obligatory quotation for refurbishment or installation costs.

McArdle Sport Tec are an official FIH Certified Field Builder      

       

SURFACE CHOICES FOR HOCKEY

Water-Based Hockey Pitches

Suitable for: International Global hockey matches, including the Olympics and World Championship Qualifiers.

Water-Based pitches are the elite hockey surface and the highest specification recognised by the FIH.

Infill: High density carpet which does not require any silica sand or infill material but requires application of water prior to play via an irrigation system or water sprinkler.  Application of water improves playing characteristics, provides shock absorption and reduces friction.

Governing body:

FIH – Field Category:           FIH Global Elite or FIH Global

England Hockey:                   EH Category 1

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Certification: Stringent testing by an FIH approved test institute; water-based hockey pitches can be certified to either FIH Global Elite or FIH Global.

FIH Global Elite:  Certified fields satisfies competition requirements of the FIH Tier One hockey events.  Accreditation is valid for a period of 2 years before retesting is mandatory to maintain the FIH Global Elite Status.

FIH Global: Certified fields satisfies FIH requirements for International and top-level national competitions.  Accreditation is valid for a period of 3 years before retesting is mandatory to maintain the FIH Global status.

Sand-Dressed Hockey Pitches

Suitable for: National premier competitions, clubs, training facilities and education establishments.

The most popular and widely used synthetic hockey pitches on the market.

Infill: Carpet ranges from 18-22mm and is partially filled with silica sand, leaving 25% of the carpet pile exposed.  Addition of silica sand provides stability and supports the carpet fibres; sand-dressed carpets look greener compared to sand-filled due to exposed carpet yarn.

Governing Body:

FIH Field Category:         FIH National – Class 1

England Hockey:              EH Category 2

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Certification:Stringent testing by an FIH approved test institute, sand-dressed pitches can be certified to FIH National – Class 1

FIH National – Class 1:  Hockey pitch fields meet the FIH requirements for lower level, national, regional and club play.  Pitch certification provides validity for a period of 3 years before retesting is mandatory to maintain the FIH National status.

Sand-Filled Hockey Pitches

Suitable for: Low league, national & club play.  England Hockey advise sand-filled pitches are suited to multi-sports.

The original all-weather surface, although still available, a more popular choice for hockey is the sand-dressed pitch.

Infill: Longer carpet pile height compared to the popular sand-dressed or elite water-based pitches. Sand-filled pitches are almost completely filled with silica sand up to the top of the carpet pile which creates a denser playing surface.

Governing Body:

FIH Field Category:         FIH National – Class 2

England Hockey:              EH Category 3

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Certification: Stringent testing by an FIH approved test institute sand-filled pitches can be certified to FIH National – Class 2.

FIH National – Class 2:  Hockey pitch fields meet the FIH requirements for lower level, national, regional and club play.  Pitch certification provides validity for a period of 3 years before retesting is mandatory to maintain the FIH National status.

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