The United Sports Kingdom

The United Sports Kingdom Map UK

The United Kingdom is a place full of sporting passion. Many of the world’s oldest sports began right here, and the country produces some of the world’s most successful events and athletes alike.

As one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of synthetic sports surfaces, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to honour our sporting triumphs. Inspired by Slate.com’s excellent United Sports of America illustration, we’ve produced our own United Sports Kingdom, which represents various areas with the associated sports. From the Highland Games in bonny Scotland to horse racing at Aintree, rugby league up north to sailing and surfing on the southern coasts, the United Sports Kingdom has it all!

What’s your favourite sport, and is it representative of the region you hail from? Get in touch by tweeting us @PlayriteSurface.

 

The best sporting moments of 2014

As always, the year has flown by far too quickly. Though we’re not quite ready to call it a day for 2014, now is as good a time as ever to take a look back at some of the best moments of sporting events that this year seen. With The World Cup, The Ryder Cup and The Tour de France to consider, it’s been rather difficult to whittle it down – but we think we’ve cracked it. Do you agree? Continue reading “The best sporting moments of 2014” »

Artificial grass at the Women’s World Cup 2015

Women's World Cup 2015 Artificial Grass

Artificial grass has hit the headlines this month with a group of female football players filing a lawsuit over the surface for the Women’s World Cup. The players have claimed sex discrimination over Fifa’s decision to use synthetic pitches during the event, while the men’s World Cup tournament have always been played on natural turf. Continue reading “Artificial grass at the Women’s World Cup 2015” »

Athlete Profiles Infographic

Have you ever wondered how tall the average footballer is? Or how much a professional rugby player weighs? How about the typical salary of a world class cricketer? Our recent infographic answers all of these questions and more, taking a look at the average sportsman statistics of five of the UK’s most popular sports: football, rugby, tennis, cricket and golf.

Athlete profiles infographic

 If you like our sports infographic, feel free to add it to your own site and share it with friends. Be sure to tweet us @PlayriteSurface and let us know!

The roots of artificial grass

Nowadays, you’d be hard pushed to find a sports club, school or stadium that hasn’t dabbled in artificial sports surfaces. That’s because people are realising more and more how effective, durable and low maintenace synthetic turf is, and how it’s often a much better solution than natural grass.

So where did it all begin? Continue reading “The roots of artificial grass” »

The whole nine yards

Muddy Football Pitch

When it comes to artificial pitches, we go the whole nine yards. Not only is a Playrite surface ideal for the area of play at sports grounds, but the perfect solution for the parts surrounding.

The main area of the pitch isn’t the only place that experiences heavy footfall. Players, coaches and officials make up the high traffic that treads around the perimeters of a field, not to mention the media, who are prone to a bit of trampling! This means that the turf needs to be just as hardwearing as the main area of play. Continue reading “The whole nine yards” »

The Commonwealth Games 2014: multisport games and multisport surfaces!

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The Commonwealth Games 2014 are well underway and we’re delighted with England’s success so far. With 105 medals – 38 of which are gold – we’ve hit the top of the table, and will certainly gain more in the final few days.

As England triumphs in Scotland’s biggest ever multisport event, it only seems appropriate to take a closer look at multisport surfaces. Continue reading “The Commonwealth Games 2014: multisport games and multisport surfaces!” »

Infographic: Sports Surfaces and Stadiums

Ever wondered about the world’s most expensive stadium? How about the highest sports surface in the world? Or what about required length of cricket wickets and tennis courts? We can tell you all of this and more!

From statistics about sports grounds around the world to the size regulations of professional pitches, our infographic about sports surfaces and stadiums explains many facts and figures. It’s a must-read for all sports fans!

If you like our infographic, be sure to share it with your friends… Continue reading “Infographic: Sports Surfaces and Stadiums” »

We’re making a mark at Le Tour Yorkshire Grand Départ!

The world’s biggest bike race is heading to Yorkshire, about to make tracks along the varied landscape of God’s Own County. Climbing the picturesque peaks of the Pennines, whizzing down the winding country roads of the North and passing through the chocolate-box villages of the Dales, Le Tour de France will experience the true beauty and diversity of Yorkshire in its initial stages… But you already knew all of this, right?

What you may not know is that we’re playing an important role in Le Tour 2014. Supporting Yorkshire Bicycle Show’s Charity Peloton Brunch, which takes place on Saturday morning in an exciting lead-up to the departure of the bikes, Playrite have teamed up with Drake Extrusion UK and manufactured the specialist entrance mat that will adorn the steps of Leeds Town Hall for the weekend. It’s quite fitting, really, since we’re such proud patrons of our county.

Le Tour de France Yorkshire 2014

The carpet has been designed in the shade of the leader’s yellow jersey, and will certainly be eye-catching as it sits in its glory outside one of Leeds’ greatest landmarks. The charity brunch will involve VIP guests, free gifts and a fantastic atmosphere (not to mention bacon sarnies and a good old Yorkshire brew!) and tickets also include free entry to the Yorkshire Bicycle Show 2014. It’s a brilliant way to be part of one of the world’s most popular sporting events, and we’re so pleased to be playing a part in the Grand Départ.

What are your plans for Le Tour weekend? Tweet us @PlayriteSurface and let us know!