Archive for the ‘Sports Turf’ Category

4 Ways to Transform your Life with Fake Grass

Friday, March 28th, 2014

garden with fake grass1. Install a golf putting green

According to expert sociologist Malcolm Gladwell it takes 10,000 hours to be a success. In his book The Story of Success, he uses sports stars to back up his theory that practice makes perfect, including Tiger Woods who has been devoted to golf since age 4. Put the hours in on your very own back garden golf green…and be the best.

2. Landscape your concrete courtyard

Turn your small yard from an uninspiring concrete block, into an attractive outdoor room you can use to relax, dine and entertain. Artificial grass carpet can be laid straight on top of concrete. Decorate the walls with some pretty trellis and hanging baskets. Add some outdoor furniture and you’ll have a brand new space in your home to enjoy.

3. Give them a football garden

If you’re a football fan, or have a footie mad family, installing your very own practice area could give you hours and hours of enjoyment. If your garden is already used for play, fake grass will save you an awful lot of hassle too – you can keep a pristine lawn, with no mud and no mess.

4. Say no mow!

Imagine the benefits of a completely maintenance free garden. Artificial grass can give you back precious time at the weekends. You can forget about your grass, throw out your old mower, and you’ll never have to see another weed again. Your lawn will be the envy of your neighbours; advances in technology mean fake turf is virtually indistinguishable from the real thing.



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Try an Artificial Grass Pitch Before You Buy

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

To promote the use of artificial grass pitches, Lucozade Powerleague in conjunction with the Football Association are offering a special deal to all FA leagues and clubs.  A two hours for the price of one deal is available for play on their all-weather 3G artificial pitches at weekends.

The offer was announced after weeks and weeks of rain has prevented participation.  Resulting in the cancellation of large numbers of fixtures, costing grass roots clubs thousands.

Powerleague are the champions of 5-a-side football.  They are the largest pitch provider in the UK, with over 470  for hire, used by over 130,000 players every week.

Participation in small-sided football has officially overtaken 11-a-side, with some 4 million people enjoying the smaller game.  Ideally small-sided football should be played on a hard surface indoors.  When this isn’t available a synthetic pitch is recommended because of the fast-paced nature of the sport, natural grass should be avoided.

There are 38 participating Powerleague centres across the country.  Each offers a 5-a-side and 7-a-side pitch, and six also have indoor soccer domes.  The pitches use state of the art rubber crumb astro turf with an advanced purpose built drainage system.  The offer will run for the next few weeks and is subject to availability, 11-a-side is not available.

If you’re frustrated with the weather, why not give it a try?  All facilities have free parking, quality changing and shower areas, and licensed bars.  Book your session

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Football Association to Embrace Artificial Grass Pitches

Friday, March 14th, 2014

artificial football pitchThe FA has agreed to lift its 20 year artificial grass ban and will allow competitions to be played on non-grass surfaces from as early as next year.  It is thought the FA Cup rulebook will be changed officially later this month, permitting 3G pitches all the way up to the semi-finals.

Maidstone Football Club’s highly publicised fight to get their 3G pitch accepted into the Conference League is said to have contributed to the decision.  The club founded 3G4US, a group of organisations in support of synthetic pitches.  Recently they published a long list of all the New Year’s Day fixtures that had to be cancelled due to bad weather.  Reporting that clubs lost thousands of pounds on football’s most supported day of the year.

It is hoped that artificial pitches will help revive grass roots football in Britain.  The FA and the Government have pledged millions to fund the refurbishment and replacement of playing surfaces.  An all-weather pitch means more practice and more play for thousands of clubs that normally have to shut down when it’s too wet. 

The problem for non-league clubs is they’re wary of making changes in case it hinders progression because of stricter regulations in professional football.  Worthing FC for example are looking to go 3G but have expressed reluctance because of fears it could prevent their promotion to the Conference League.  At the moment, clubs with artificial pitches must gain written permission from the board.  No doubt organisers will welcome the FA’s decision.

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Practice Makes Perfect Putting – Install an Artificial Grass Golf Garden

Saturday, March 8th, 2014
golf putting garden

Golf Putting Garden

Putting is one of the most important skills in golf because it has a dramatic impact on your score.  To be a successful putter takes a consistent stroke, good posture, balance, touch, and confidence. 

There are no strict putting rules; every player has their own unique style.  To be great, you need to find one that works for you, enabling you to deliver a smooth and steadfast stroke every time.  Your own artificial grass putting green like the one we installed at this property in Harlow, Essex (pictured) will help you considerably.

Tiger Woods is considered one of the sport’s best putters.  Since the age of 4, he has worked painstakingly hard to develop the skill.  He remembers one of the most important things his father taught him was to swing back and through at the same speed, describing this as the key to a smooth stroke.  Last year Woods took advice from putting legend Steve Striker who gave him some pointers that would improve his technique.  Striker’s advice was to slightly weaken his left-hand grip.  This worked wonders, resulting in Tiger’s victory at the WGC Cadillac Championship, Doral.   

 “Putting is like wisdom. Partly a natural gift and partly the accumulation of experience.” – Arnold Palmer

If you want to be a great putter – practice, practice, practice.  First, analyse where you’re going wrong – if distance control is the problem then use markers to practice hitting the ball at the correct speed.  It helps to experiment with different techniques and try-out other player’s styles.  See what works for you…the options are endless – ultimately, it’s a matter of personal preference. 

Your own artificial grass golf garden will help you get there in no time.

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Weather nightmare for local football clubs

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

artificial grass pitchLatest Met Office figures revealed that January 2014 was the wettest ever recorded in many parts of the country.  This season, grass roots football clubs face serious challenges.  With so much rain, practice is called-off and matches are frequently cancelled. 

Organisers are in despair as teams are regularly beaten by the weather – Woolton FC in Merseyside has had to call-off 9 games in a row.  The Football Association chief executive has reported that in Herefordshire, some clubs haven’t kicked a ball since the middle of December.

80% of amateur football is played on council grass pitches.  Local authority budgeting has cut football subsidies and hire rates have increased as much as 300 per cent.  These pitches are not just expensive, they’re poor quality too.

In a BBC interview, a spokesperson from the FA said that pitches were in an ‘abhorrent state.’  They are waterlogged from the heavy rain and suffering from wear from overuse.  He argued there must be a move to artificial football pitches.  A fake grass pitch can hold 2-3 games per week, providing facilities for up to 60 teams to train and play.

The Government and FA Facilities Fund is investing £102 million in improvements, including 150 new or refurbished artificial grass pitches.  However, a club in Bristol who says they regularly have to turn away under 16s, say they have been rejected for funding multiple times.  Maybe Wayne Rooney could help?

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Football Garden in Chelmsford

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Want to encourage the kids to get out more, enjoy the fresh air, forget about the TV, and get some exercise?  Their very own football pitch in the back garden should do the trick.  For children, it’s the stuff dreams are made of, but there are lots of advantages for mum and dad too…no maintenance, no mud and no mess.

If your family is football crazy, give them their very own fake grass football garden.  The image featured here was taken at our latest install in Chelmsford, Essex – an artificial lawn fitted in a family garden, creating the perfect pitch for practice and play.

A lawn that can take the punishment.

Fake grass can withstand the pounding and pummelling it’s subjected to during the beautiful game.  Your lawn will stay looking pristine, so you can enjoy an immaculate garden, no matter how many games they play.  And unlike natural grass, you won’t get worn patches under the goals.

No more mud.

You won’t need to worry about mud anymore.  Your lawn will be a mud-free zone, and you’ll lose the quagmire in the shady area by the shed.  Plus there’ll be no muddy boots to clean, clothes to wash, or footprints on kitchen floor.

Play whatever the weather.

To bring up the next Beckham, you’ve got to start from an early age.  With an artificial lawn, you’ll have an environment to encourage greatness.  Practice makes perfect, and fake grass means they can work on their ball control whatever the weather.


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Artificial Grass in Schools

Friday, December 6th, 2013

artificial grass school pitchAfter our post last week, featuring the fabulous story garden created at a Cornwall primary school, we thought we’d take this opportunity to talk about some of the more practical benefits of artificial grass in schools.

Fake grass or astro turf can be used for general play areas, sports fields, pitches and even indoor facilities.  It has many advantages.

The most obvious is that maintenance is minimal – no mowing, weeding, edge trimming, watering or feeding – grass just requires the occasional brushing to keep it in good condition.  This has the potential to save schools lots of money over a year.  As well as relieving the burden from Caretakers.

General recreation

Old tarmac recreation areas in inner-city schools look depressing and can be dangerous.   If a child falls on a synthetic grass surfaces they’re a lot less likely to be hurt.

Playing fields

No natural grass means no mud.  This means no footprints in the halls, no soiled uniforms for parents to wash.  It’s also an important safety benefit.  When grass gets worn, mud patches are created and there’s a danger of slipping.

Sports pitches

Astro turf can be used for a range of sports including football and hockey.  This benefits schools, just as it does sports clubs, allowing year round play.  Children get more practice, learn more skills and fewer match need to be cancelled due to bad weather.

Play areas

Artificial grass is a clean, safe and attractive covering for play areas.  With shock absorbent padding underneath, it achieves a critical fall height 1.2m to meet regulations.

LeisureTech Lawns have installed artificial grass at a number of schools in the local area.  The above picture was a multi sports pitch we created for a School in Fawkham, Kent.  For help and advice, or to book your free survey call us on 01371 87 5901.

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Artificial Grass through the Ages

Friday, November 8th, 2013

1960  – Artificial grass was invented by David Chaney of the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina.

1964 – The first installation of fake grass was carried out at a school in Providence Rhode Island.

1966 –  Chemgrass was famously installed at the enclosed Astrodome Stadium in Houston, Texas.  From then on, it would be known as ‘Astro’ turf.

1967 – Astroturf was patented by Monsanto Industries, Chemgrass’s parent company.

1981 – Queens Park Rangers were the first Premiership team to install an artificial pitch.

1985 – There were 4 artificial surfaces in operation in the English league.

1988 – QPR became the first club to remove an artificial pitch after players complained.

1992 – Artificial grass was first used for landscaping by Envy Turf in Las Vegas.

1995 – Astro turf was banned by English Football League.

2001 – FIFA launched its Quality Concept certifying the use of artificial turf.

2002 – LeisureTechLawns was formed.

2005 – UEFA announced that approved surfaces were to be permitted in their competitions.

2006 – British Journal of Sports Medicine published a study concluding there were no significant differences in injury data between artificial and natural football pitches, for 10 clubs over a 2.5 year period.

2007 – Alan Titchmarsh wrote a column published in the Express titled ‘Some intelligence in artificial lawns.’

2009 – Globally the fake grass industry is said to be worth £1.3 Billion a year, growing at a 20% per year.

2010 – B&Q saw fake grass sales sky-rocket 126% a year after launching their range.  The first competitive match on a partially synthetic surface was played at Wembley.  Fake grass made its debut at the Chelsea Flower Show.

2012 – UK market is worth £300 Million a year, growing at a rate of 35%.

2013 – Ebay reported record sales of artificial grass in Spring, up 44% due to bad weather in the UK.

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Grassroots Football Gets £102m to Improve Facilities

Friday, November 1st, 2013

artificial grass pitchThe FA, the Premier League, and the Government have launched a new fund to improve facilities at grassroots football clubs.  An investment of £102 million will be made over the next 3 years, starting in January 2014.  It will replace the Facilities Scheme, Build the Game, and the Community Facilities Fund.

The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund will be managed by the Football Foundation and is available to UK clubs, schools, and councils.  Council cuts have meant many plans to develop playing fields and sports facilities have been shelved.  The grant will get more people involved in football and boost local communities, especially in deprived areas.

Many football organisations benefit from pitch re-surfacing – switching from natural turf to artificial grass.  England’s next generation of players, get more practice and more opportunities because artificial turf allows for training and play all year round.

Club fixtures are cancelled regularly at grassroots level due to poor pitch conditions.  Rain and flooding in the UK means small clubs lose much-needed revenue.  All this is avoided with an artificial pitch.

Football Foundation chief executive Paul Thorogood said “The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund will enable the Foundation to continue our mission to transform the inventory of grassroots football facilities across the country.”

Applications will be accepted from 20 January 2014

In the meantime you can register your interest here

Read previous posts about changing your pitch surface

3G Football Pitches – includes FA Guidelines

Funding your new 3G football pitch

99 Page Guide for Sports Clubs Considering a 3G Pitch


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New Study Shows Artificial Grass Pitches Result in Fewer Injuries

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Synthetic football pitchNew research, published recently in the American Journal of Sports Medicine concluded that artificial sports surfaces result in less injuries than natural grass, supporting previous studies.

The report titled ‘Incidence, Mechanisms, and Severity of Match-Related Collegiate Women’s Soccer Injuries on FieldTurf and Natural Grass Surfaces: A 5-Year Prospective Study,’ documented injury data from over 800 matches.  There were a total of 693 minor and serious injuries, over 5 years.  Of these, 272 (39%) occurred during play on an artificial pitch, and 421 (61%) on occurred on natural grass.

So, for every 10 matches played, 7.7 injuries happened on synthetic turf pitches, and 9.5 injuries were recorded on real grass.

The data also suggests that injuries on natural grass are more severe than those on artificial surfaces.  There were 130 substantial injuries (that required players to take 1-3 weeks off).  These were twice as common on natural grass.

The research was extremely comprehensive.  Many variables were taken into account to reach the conclusion including player position, injury grade field conditions and temperatures, cleat design and turf age.  Despite this, experts believe it’s only one part of the puzzle.  In women’s college soccer, on this particular surface, the evidence is irrefutable, but this doesn’t mean we should make general assumptions.

A similar study in 2006, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, analysed data from 10 men’s football clubs.  ‘The risk for injury when playing elite football on artificial turf versus natural grass,’ presented training and match injury data over a 2.5 year period.  They concluded that there was no significant difference, although incidents were slightly less for play on artificial turf.  The training average (per 100 hours) was 2.42 vs 2.94 injuries for turf and natural grass.  Match averages were 19.60 vs 21.48.



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