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Artificial sports pitches – maintaining the benefits F

rom local leisure centres and schools right through to top-level football and rugby clubs, the benefits of artificial turf pitches are being increasingly recognised throughout the sports industry. Such surfaces have the capacity to support levels of use far greater than their natural grass equivalent, with obvious benefits including maximised revenue, year-round availability and prolonged surface life. However, to achieve this it is vital that artificial sports turf is maintained to the correct standard to ensure that its full potential is realised. A programme of routine and specialist maintenance throughout the life of an artificial pitch can help to ensure its longevity and safety, as well as preserving its aesthetics and performance levels.

As the UK’s leading artificial sports pitch maintenance company, Technical Surfaces has a wealth of firsthand experience in helping customers who are keen to secure a good return on their initial investment. We view artificial pitch maintenance as a philosophy, a continued effort throughout the life of the facility, and it is satisfying to see the many leisure centres, schools, sports clubs and universities we work with generate maximum use from their artificial sports surfaces. A series of measures should be taken to give your artificial pitch the best possible care and attention, using the resources available to you. These include daily inspections to identify any issues before they develop, budgeting for the long-term maintenance of your pitch to help delay the inevitable need to resurface, and optimising your in-house resources by investing in some dedicated in-house machinery, such as the R.E.D Series Primary Care Package supplied by Technical Surfaces.


Most importantly, it is vital that the right amount of time and effort is invested into maintaining an artificial pitch from as early a stage as possible. As the old adage goes, ‘prevention is better than the cure’, and Technical Surfaces is pleased to offer our customers the MatchFit® Aftercare Programme, which is a range of preventative maintenance packages to suit all budgets and requirements.

At Technical Surfaces, we do all we can to work within the parameters of our customers’ budgetary limitations. As well as offering longer-term contracts for preventative maintenance, we can also fix the price of remedial works such as Line Marking if ordered over a specific number of years. We believe that such flexibility is essential for the successful maintenance of a synthetic sports surface.

If you are concerned about meeting the maintenance needs of your own facility, why not talk it through with Technical Surfaces. There will be options available to suit you, and you will find that favourable discounts are often applied when you commit to a maintenance programme over a longer period of time. To find out how Technical Surfaces can implement the ideal maintenance regime on your artificial sports pitch, call 08702 400 700 and ask to speak to a Technical Manager.

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November 2011

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