Real Grass Versus Artificial Sports Surfaces – Which Is Best?

When it comes to the real grass/artificial debate, there’s a lot to be said. The discussion spans from expense to injury risk, from the environment to ball performance, with many questions raised about the true effects of artificial in comparison to real grass.

As one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of artificial sports surfaces, it’s about time that we stepped in and answered these questions. As such, we’ve created an infographic that takes a thorough look at both types of sports surface, discussing everything from cost through to playing experience. Take a look and find out which is best for you and your sports club!

Real grass vs artificial infographic

Davis Cup 2015

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Great Britain face the USA in the elite World Group first round this weekend.

The last meeting of the nations was back in 2014 in San Diego, when Murray led Team GB to victory. This time around he plays on his own turf in Glasgow, making the event especially momentous. “It’s the biggest home tie that I’ve played,” said Murray. “Because tickets sold out quickly, it shows there’s a passion here for sport.”

The Davis Cup is played over three days (this year, the 6th – 8th March), consisting of two single matches on Friday, doubles on Saturday, and reverse singles on the final day. It’s Britain’s first home tie for 13 years, and the first against the US since Birmingham 1999, and with a capacity crowd of 7,700 in the Emirates Arena, each day is set to buzz with excitement and big expectations.

In celebration of the Davis Cup 2015, we’re paying extra special attention to our excellent range of tennis surfaces. In particular, our innovative design Clayrite, a sand filled surface that simulates the natural clay playing experience. With a medium/slow surface speed, ball bounce is almost exactly like that of a traditional clay surface, but with the added bonus of much less maintenance and extended playing time.

To find out more about artificial sports surfaces, talk to us on Twitter @PlayriteSurface. And be sure to tune in to coverage over the weekend to keep up to date.

The perfect time to think about artificial surfaces

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It’s time to start thinking about artificial sports surfaces!

One of the USPs of artificial surfaces is that they can be used all year round, with the properties to see the winter months through without the adverse results that limits natural turf. With superior drainage and durability, less playing time is lost compared to a ‘real’ pitch, even if the area has been battered by rain, snow and frost just days previous!

With that in mind, now is the perfect time to think about swapping to an artificial sports surface. The increasingly warm, dry weather means ideal conditions for a survey, excavation and installation. While the lead time is dependant on the size and details of the project, the majority of installations are complete in a matter of weeks, meaning your artificial sports surface will be ready to use right in time for the warm season. And when winter rolls around once more (hopefully not too soon!), your sports pitch will be ready to face the extremities of the British weather.

You can find out more about artificial sports surfaces by getting in touch with the Playrite team, or take a look around our site.

Six Nations 2015

It’s that time of year again when rugby rules the roost throughout the UK and beyond, and here at Playrite, we’re really getting in to the Six Nations. The series got off to a flying start with England taking a 21 – 16 win against Wales at the Millennium Stadium, closely followed by France scooping 15 – 8 against Scotland in their inaugural match, and Ireland storming Italy with a 26 – 3 win. It’s looking to be a close one, and though we’re less than a week in, the series isn’t short of controversy following George North’s concussion in the Cardiff opener.

We’ve found this fantastic infographic courtesy of Betting Expert, which details the key statistics of the tournament over the past 15 years – it also proves helpful for those umming and ahhing over who to back this time around!

Source: http://www.bettingexpert.com/assets/images/content/blog/en/2015-Jan-_-Rugby-Six-Nation-EN.jpg

Remember, if you’re on the lookout for the very best artificial surface for rugby, our Conqueror 65 is one of the best on the market. Versatile, durable and consistent, this surface interacts with the ball as natural turf does, providing an authentic playing surface.

World Indoor Bowls Championship 2015

 

Playrite have been manufacturing artificial bowls surfaces for over two decades, and we’re incredibly proud that almost three quarters of the world’s synthetic bowling greens were manufactured by us. That’s why we’re very excited about the World Indoor Bowls Championship 2015, which kicked off last Friday. If you’re a fan, you’ll be well aware of the famous blue Pro Weave carpet (courtesy of Playrite, of course!) along with the rules and regulations of the age-old game. If not, have no fear, just keep on reading… Continue reading “World Indoor Bowls Championship 2015” »

2014: A Look Back

 

First things first, we want to say a huge ‘Happy New Year’ to all our wonderful colleagues, partners and customers. We hope you had a fun-filled and restful Christmas holiday – the perfect end to such a great year.

For us, 2014 was particularly wonderful, and saw Playrite gain a huge amount of business and many successes. To celebrate, we’ve put together a 2014 summary, taking a look at a few of our favourite events, activities and achievements. Enjoy!

Playrite year summary2015 is set to be another great year for Playrite, and we can’t wait to find out exactly what is has to offer.

 

Caring for artificial sports surfaces this winter

Unlike natural grass, caring for artificial turf during winter is extremely manageable. One of the USPs of artificial sports surfaces is their durability and all-weather qualities, however when winter rolls around, there are several precautions you must take to ensure the surface in top form.

Tread carefully

While the fibres of an artificial surface can withstand more than natural grass, it’s important that you refrain from heavy footfall during extreme frost. Excessive pressure on frozen fibres can cause them to snap, meaning that once the cold season has melted away, you’ll be left with a rather weary football pitch.

Remove with care

When snow fall builds up on your artificial surface, you should either act fast, or not at all. Removing the snow before it’s hardened will avoid broken fibres, however you should not use a metal shovel, which will tear the surface. Once the snow and frost has hardened, removing it will ultimately damage the surface. Thus, you should leave it to melt and drain away naturally.

A sprinkle of salt

If you’re keen to salt or grit your sports surface, do so with care. Salt and grit can contaminate the surface and deem it unusable once winter passes. These methods should be used to prevent freezing rather than as a defrosting agent, and you must be aware that results are completely dependent upon the type of surface, the amount of snowfall or frost and the temperature.

Water worries

Excessive amounts of rain can cause complications with artificial turf pitches. While the surfaces have inbuilt drainage systems that work wonderfully in average rainfall, regular torrential downpours can cause issues. In these extreme cases, where debris is forced deeper within the carpet by extensive stagnant water, deep cleaning is the only solution. This process will refresh and protect the synthetic fibres, correcting any compromised draining properties.

 

Here at Playrite, we take pride in our high quality manufacturing and want our customers to enjoy their artificial sports surface for as long as possible. That’s why we promote regular maintenance of turf, and are always more than happy to advise customers following their purchase.

Do you have any other questions about your artificial sports surface this winter? Please don’t hesitate to contact us – you can visit our Facebook page or tweet us @PlayriteSurface.

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

 

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” »