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we could accommodate a staggering amount more usage per week, compared to the four hours we could allow on the natural grass pitch. This in turn helped us to prove that a new 3G pitch wouldn’t just benefit the football club, but would be a huge asset to the local community as a whole.”


Unrivalled performance


Under the Football Foundation’s Framework Agreement for artificial grass pitches, McArdle Sport Tec – the UK’s leading artificial sports surface installers – was appointed to carry out the installation, and opted for TigerTurf’s Premier Pro 60 surface. Having been specifically designed to comply with the very latest FIFA testing, Premier Pro offers unrivalled levels of durability, resistance, safety and performance, making it the ideal choice for clubs looking benefit from increased playing hours and higher levels of performance and player development. With sustainability a top priority,


the specialist contractor also specified PRO-gran, a new type of infill designed by Murfitts Industries to offer optimum


performance and long-term safety assurance. As an increasing number of facility managers look to ensure the wellbeing of users, the polymeric infill is engineered to offer the very best in performance and is safe for players and the environment. The material combines the exceptional dynamic properties of rubber which is then coated in polyurethane to make it 100% safe. Not only does this produce a denser material with a range of playing benefits – from more consistent ball bounce to lower operating temperatures – but it also ensures the whole pitch will conform to the exacting safety regulations set by EU organisation, REACH. Artificial pitches with PRO-gran are


more visually attractive than with any other infill. It comes in a choice of green or brown and will look vivid, colourful and clean for many years to come – especially on television. It is UV stable and meets the requirements of FIFA Quality Programme for Football Turf and World Rugby Regulation 22. Every batch is tested to ensure full compliance with industry standards, whilst PRO- gran’s unique coating doesn’t break


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down and is guaranteed to last in perfect condition for the lifetime of the pitch.


Since its installation, the new pitch


has boosted interest in the club’s facilities, attracted more junior players, and even helped the club to increase its sponsorship and advertising revenue. As a result of the extra income generated by the new playing surface, the club’s investment is expected to pay for itself in less than 10 years. Scott concludes: “Within weeks of the


new surface being installed, we’d seen an increase in the number of people enquiring about using our facilities – which even extended to interest in our clubhouse venue as well as the pitch. We have increased the number of junior players from 187 to 297 in just three months and have created eight new youth teams as a result. “We’re over the moon with how the


new pitch looks, and are delighted with the positive impact we’ve been able to make on the local community.” For more information on TigerTurf’s


range of artificial grass sports surfaces, visit www.tigerturf.co.uk.


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