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99 Page Guide for Sports Clubs Considering a 3G Pitch

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

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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3G Football Pitches

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

3G Football Pitch by Leisure Tech3G is short for third generation, an enhanced football pitch with an artificial grass surface.  Astroturf has many advantages, the ability to play in all weathers, no wear and tear and no maintenance.  It is ideal for community pitches, schools and grass roots clubs because the surface allows for training and play, all year round.

Facilities are able to save money on costly maintenance – pitch mowing, feeding, draining and watering.  They also save themselves the inconvenience of having to cancel winter matches due to freezing conditions.

October through to February is a lottery for struggling clubs.  With extensive flooding throughout the summer too, they end of with a backlog of fixtures.   A 3G pitch can offer a new lease of life.

Fake grass has come a very long way since it’s advent in the 1960’s.  Advances in technology means fibres are softer and non-abrasive; your skin won’t get burnt during a sliding tackle.  It in fact offers maximum comfort and enhanced play including great ball bounce, roll characteristics and control.  Most can be used with rubber studs too.

The FA has published a full guide for clubs considering an artificial pitch, containing all the information you need.  Download FA Guidelines

Leisure Tech Lawns are happy to help too.  We’ve installed astro-turf for clubs, schools and communities throughout Essex.   Our products have been rigorously tested to meet requirements.  The above photo is a full-size pitch install we recently completed in Dartford.  Call us for free advice on 01371 87 5901.

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2 Pens Cottage, Doctors Pond
Great Dunmow
Essex, CM6 1BB

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