sports surfaces

Margate Football Club benefits from strong core

Designed to create the world’s most durable synthetic turf, FieldTurf’s Core fibre has been hailed as the first multi-layer, dual-polymer fibre.

THE fibre, which combines a variety of polymers, has a hardened centre and a soft outer layer to offer a resilient and durable surface with optimal player-friendliness and player-surface interaction. In tests by Labosport, specialists in sport

surface certification, the surface achieved the highest ever FPI (Fibre Performance Index) score, which measures durability, resilience and softness - with a score of 89. The technology is performing well for Margate

Football Club after being installed in the pitch at Hartsdown Park Stadium last summer. “The pile allows the ball to zip across the

surface quickly and our players have noticed a big difference between our surface and others. Players complain about some of the other 3G pitches being too firm which causes a problem with change of direction and they do not find this issue with ours,” says Chris Chambers of Margate Football Club. “As far as the impact on the club, this has

been huge in providing not only an additional revenue stream but providing a fantastic home

playing surface for all of our senior teams, our post 16 academy, u23 development squad, ladies and u18 teams. In addition, we are now able to accommodate the majority of our youth sections on the pitch throughout the week for training and provide our mini gators soccer club on the pitch on a Saturday prior to home matches as well as differing community groups and one off charity events. All this without an adverse effect on the ability of the first team to play, unlike grass which would never have been able to withstand the level of use.” The Core system is certified to FIFA Quality,

FIFA Quality Pro and World Rugby and pitch systems utilising CORE fibres have been installed in venues across Europe including: FC Augsburg, Mainz 05, Teistungen, Köln Klettenberg, Maintal and Unter Flockenbach in Germany, VVOR Rotterdam and Feyenoord Rotterdam in Holland and Herenthout in Belgium. 35

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