Transitioning to 3G artificial turf

Many professional and amateur football clubs in England, Scotland and Wales are making the transition to artificial turf for both their competition and training pitches. The advantages of a 3G pitch over natural grass include superior drainage and attenuation, lower maintenance costs, higher resistance to frost and wet weather, and much greater durability for intensive usage.

The top specification artificial turf systems available on the market are tested and certified by FIFA to match performance standards and play characteristics of football played at the highest level on natural grass. In fact, most of the top tier clubs in European football play on a hybrid system which is a combination of both natural and artificial turf.

What Blakedown offer

Blakedown Sport & Play Ltd. is one of the largest and longest established artificial turf football pitch construction specialists in the UK. We offer a one-stop-shop service for the entire facility construction including foundation works, installation of the artificial turf, installation of floodlighting systems and fencing, installation of spectator seating and team dugouts, installation of changing facilities, and tarmac surfacing of pathways, carparks and facility landscape construction.

Our services include both competition-level pitches such as Bromley FC’s Hayes Lane; and state-of-the-art training facilities such as Fulham FC’s Motspur Park or Peterborough United FC’s Nene Park.

Blakedown's state-of-the-art indoor 3G training pitch for Fulham FC at the new Motspur Park facility

Blakedown's state-of-the-art indoor 3G training pitch for Fulham FC at the new Motspur Park facility.

All weather surface | Low maintenance

The construction of a 3G pitch involves cutting away a depth of soil and laying a base of compacted stone with a network of entrenched drainage pipes that will carry rainwater away from the playing surface. An 'engineered' layer of porous tarmac is laid over the top of the stone, and then a rubber shockpad and 3G turf complete the installation.

3G pitches offer superior drainage and all-weather suitability to grass because the construction materials are selected and engineered to freely pass rainwater - and the artificial turf and rubber granulate infill do not harden in cold weather to the same extent as soil.

Accordingly, the maintenance costs of a 3G pitch are lower. The artificial turf needs to be brushed regularly to keep the rubber infill evenly spread across the surface, and loose vegetation must be swept away regularly to keep the drainage system clear.

Opening the new 3G pitch with players from Burnley FC

Burnley FC Academy train at Nelson & Colne College in Lancashire

Bromley FC's Hayes Lane ground

Bromley FC play at the Hayes Lane ground

Peterborugh United FC train at Nene Park Academy

Peterborugh United FC train at Nene Park Academy

Official opening of the 3G pitch at Hayle FC in Cornwall

Official opening of the 3G pitch at Hayle FC in Cornwall

Blakedown Sport & Play opening ceremony for Fulham FC training pitch

Official opening of the 3G training pitches at Fulham FC

3G training pitch construction for Broughty Athletic FC

3G training pitch construction for Broughty Athletic FC

3G training pitch for Motherwell FC

3G training pitch for Motherwell FC

3G pitch construction for Stratford Town FC

3G pitch construction for Stratford Town FC

Contact Form for Football Clubs

Contact us for more information about 3G pitch construction for football clubs, or for budgeting advice on transitioning to 3G artificial turf.

Tel: 01295 738238
Email: marketing@blakedown.co.uk

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