FieldTurf's 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. The technology was installed in the pitch at Hartsdown Park Stadium by Margate Football Club last summer. 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.
Not only has it enabled the club an additional revenue stream but the players feel the difference. “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.
A fantastic home playing surface for all
"We cater for senior teams, our post 16 academy, u23 development squad, ladies and u18 teams. In addition, we can now accommodate the majority of our youth sections on the pitch throughout the week for training, 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. This core fibre technology has been installed across Europe including: FC Augsburg, Mainz 05, Teistungen, Koln Klettenberg, Maintal and Unter Flockenbach in Germany, VVOR Rotterdam and Feyenoord Rotterdam in Holland and Herenthout in Belgium.
Purpose-built competitive walking football pitch
Solihull Football Centre, home to the Birmingham Walking Football Club, has installed a 3G pitch specifically designed to cater for the competitive needs of walking football in response to growing demand for the activity.
Aimed at the over 50s, with many tournaments catering exclusively for the over 60s, walking football forbids all running and allows either no contact or only minimal physical contact between players who walk briskly through matches.
The centre worked with Synthetic Turf Management to create a six/seven a-side walking football championship pitch that comprises a lined 38m x 31m playing surface, 5.5m Ds, 6m penalty spot, and 12ft x 4ft goals.
Synthetic Turf Management transformed an existing synthetic bowling green with a 60mm pile height product in-filled with a layer of silica sand at the bottom followed by the rubber crumb on top, to help protect the blades of grass. The installation also included white and yellow line markings which were cut into the artificial grass as permanent lines.
Three months following the installation, the centre owners have reported an increase in pitch hire, with local teams using the facility and walking football sessions set up weekday, evenings and weekends.