Natural grass may well remain a key constituent of schools’ profile of sports provision, but artificial turf has cemented its place in the drive to deliver sustainable, high-intensity surfaces that reproduce true playing characteristics throughout the year.
At Premiership level, rugby is staking its future in the 3G technology provided by SIS Pitches , while the grassroots game continues to benefit from all-weather pitches that ensure year-round use and robust income streams.
Hockey pitches across Britain, meanwhile, rely on tried and trusted sand-filled and dressed surfaces SIS Pitches has installed in schools and public facilities.
Elsewhere, the football authorities’ focus on developing home-grown talent places added impetus on schools as proving grounds of tomorrow’s professionals, fit to compete in the higher leagues and on the international arena.
As the FA opens up opportunities for artificial pitches to stage more football, the turf technology SIS Pitches can provide allows schools to hone the ball control skills that give the national game the chance to lift silverware once more.
Marrying the best elements of synthetic and natural surfaces, SISGRASS heralds a new era for hybrid pitches – the advanced patented reinforced turf offering greater stability and up to three times more playing hours than natural grass with just a 5% inclusion of the finest yarns.
Developed and manufactured in the UK, SIS Pitches’ products deliver sporting needs across the board, from competition level to grassroots and community use. The installation team provides fully engineered pitches under turnkey projects that can also include floodlighting, perimeter fencing and permanent line markings and logos in the colour of choice.
Artificial turf, like its natural counterpart, requires a programme of regular maintenance to keep it in premium condition. SIS Pitches installations come with an option for planned upkeep that includes a twice-yearly deep clean and refresh to keep pile upright and sand or rubber crumb infills uncompacted, ensuring optimum playing characteristics and health and safety compliance.
Meanwhile SIS Pitches’ sister company Artificial Grass Ltd (AGL) develops, manufactures and installs surfaces for a host of landscaping needs, from pathways to freeform lawns, steps and surrounds in a range of materials and pile heights.