Since the launch of Astro Turf, artificial surfaces have evolved from sand dressed, water-based surfaces, which were designed to provide a n all weather surface for outdoor use and capable of withstanding adverse weather conditions for several months with low degradation but had poor shock absorption resulting in jury and skin abrasions.
As the huge potential benefits of all weather sports surfaces became clear including: low maintenance costs, resistance to heavy use & 24/7 playability with no requirement for watering or irrigation, significant research and investment was made to address the obvious limitations and the valuable revenue streams that could result from such installations. They have now evolved significantly and many are now comparable to natural grass with many synthetic surfaces coming with a certificate of approval from the FA, IRB, IHA or FIFA, which illustrates that the surface performs to that of a high quality natural turf.
This modern system is known as Third Generation or 3G artificial pitch construction and has sand or rubber infill and Latex backing to keep the grass fibres upright which provides a more realistic ball movement. The infill also improves shock absorbency in case a player falls on the ground.
\'Third Generation\' Artificial Turf has a wide range of sports turf applications including: football and rugby, hockey, tennis, bowls and golf putting greens. In addition, Third Generation turf surfaces enable indoor sports to be played on a 'grass' playing surface.
Many professional clubs have installed the Third Generation surfaces, often as part of an all-weather training area. Other clubs which have maintained natural grass surfaces are now re-considering artificial grass. With clubs looking to reduce both the maintenance costs and the number of winter matches that are cancelled due to the playing surface being frozen resulting in financial losses many are turning to the artificial surfaces even sports\' governing bodies have started to discuss the use of them.
For further information about the astro turf, Astroturf, all weather, artificial 3rd Generation turf, MUGA construction and the synthetic re-surfacing services we offer, click here or call 01494 866 776.
Cheltenham Ladies College is known as being one of the country’s top independent girls’ schools so it's of no surprise that we were delighted when we recently got the go ahead to refurbish there all weather hockey pitch.
The works included the replacement of the external sports pitch, including new playing surface, improvements to drainage, installation of retractable floodlighting, replacement of perimeter fencing, and improvements to surrounding hardstanding/ drainage.
Construction of synthetic hockey pitch (FIH certified), tennis courts together with associated fencing, floodlighting and car parking.