Football Pitch Construction
Blakedown is one of the UK's largest and longest established construction contractors that specialise in synthetic sports surfaces. We have been in business for more than fifty years - longer than 3G artificial turf has been on the market - and our clients include clubs, councils, universities, colleges, schools, leisure centres, and private companies across the UK.
We offer the complete package for football pitch construction including design, planning, groundworks, fencing, turf installation, shockpad installation, floodlighting and spectator stands and dugouts.
Football on Artificial Turf
3G (Third Generation) pitches are the best choice of synthetic surface for football and are the only surface type permitted by FIFA for football at a competitive level. A 3G pitch is comprised of artificial turf supported by an infill of rubber, replicating the look and feel of a grass pitch.
The surface can be tested to meet FIFA Quality and FIFA Quality Pro Standards performance standards, and a choice of system is available to cater for different age groups, usage requirements, and additional sports. Other surfaces available for football include sand-filled turf, tarmac, and polymeric.
Choice of surface for football
Football at a recreational level can be played on virtually any synthetic surface: tarmac playgrounds are very common for schools and local councils needing to provide a robust and economical area for play. At the higher end of the scale, 3G artificial turf tested to FIFA 2* Standard represents the best possible synthetic surface for football at competitive level.
3G (Third Generation)
3G artificial turf (usually specified in 40mm, 50mm, 60mm, and 65mm lengths) is the optimum synthetic surface for football. It is much more hard-wearing than natural grass and meets all criteria for quality play characteristics including realistic ball bounce, ball roll, firmness under foot, and softness upon ground impact.
Sand-filled (astroturf) surfaces offer a hard-wearing alternative to 3G with the benefit that a multitude of other sports can also be played. Sand-dressed systems are also an option for football and provide very good ball bounce for tennis and basketball.