99 Page Guide for Sports Clubs Considering a 3G Pitch

The European Synthetic Turf Organisation’s (ESTO) 2012/13 report is useful reading for sports facilities considering a 3G pitch.  You can read detailed discussion and analysis of the 4 key benefits of artificial turf.

1. Increased use

Clubs can use fake grass around 300 days a year, compared with 30-70 days for natural turf.

2. Extra revenue

Case study describes how a Swiss 1st division club are generating revenue by letting the stadium for private and business events.

3. Cost saving

Maintenance savings can be as high as 50-60%.

4. Strategic benefits

Pitch can be used by more organisations like schools and other teams.  It becomes more embedded into the community.

The guide includes comprehensive case studies for different organisations and sports.

– The manager of semi-professional Sutton Coldfield Town FC says he’s found their new pitch much safer than natural grass.
– Woodley Sports FC explain that they’ve benefited considerably from the opportunities generated by their new pitch.
– Burnage RFC report that they’ve achieved 100% completion rate of fixtures, despite the North West weather.

Full results of an ESTO survey of 110 professional Dutch football coaches about playing surfaces are also contained.  61.7% agreed that synthetic pitches enabled the development of better technical skills.  When asked whether artificial turf improved acquisition of skill, 69.2% answered yes.  Reasons given – it’s always flat, players must think faster because the ball moves quicker, they can concentrate on the ball without other factors.

Read it here – It’s quite a big PDF document so will take about 30 seconds to download.

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