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

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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!

What kind of maintenance does my all weather pitch need?

There is no doubt that the introduction of artificial playing surfaces some 25 years ago has been fundamental in changing the way many people play a whole raft of sports. The revolution was most effectively felt in the sports of football, tennis, hockey and cricket – arguably changing the future of some of them forever. Unsurprisingly in the early days of these new facilities much of the industry effort was channelled into researching and developing the best surfaces possible, this continues today in respect of alternative yarns, pile depths, and infills.

However the one area of the industry that became neglected was the area of carpet upkeep and maintenance. There was an original perception that a surface that we as not organic and had a benign infill was not going to be in need of a specialist maintenance regime. It soon became clear that even an artificial turf will need input in terms of preserving the surfaces’ appearance and playing ability.

As a result of this we recommend that a regime of maintenance, however basic, needs to be implemented. To give you a helping hand, here are Playrite’s top tops for maintaining the appearance and longevity of your synthetic grass pitch:

Establish a maintenance regime

However basic, this is something that needs to be thought about after the project has been completed. Most regimes consist of what needs to be done on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis and this depends on how often the pitch is used

Keep it clean

Remove all litter, debris, leaves, twigs and weeds and keep the pitch as clean as possible

Secure the area

If possible, make sure the location is secure and that gates are locked every night

No Smoking, and definitely no chewing gum

Making your sports pitch a no smoking and no chewing gum zone will prevent the pitch from unnecessary damage

Distribute the infill

The mechanics of many carpets rely on the correct distribution of its infill, and also that this infill remains uncontaminated. Frequent drag brushing or matting of the surface helps to pull any displaced infill back to the high use areas, as well as removing larger pieces of debris.

Double check

For a high use pitch, ideally you want to be checking the seams for damage on a weekly/monthly basis

If in doubt….

If you have any questions or queries about your synthetic surface, then contact the manufacture directly.

As time goes by and carpets and infill’s become more subtle in their variety, maintenance procedures will slightly differ. Manufactures such as Playrite are happy to supply important bespoke maintenance information across a range of products in conjunction with organisations like Technical Surfaces.

We realise that the surfaces represent a huge outlay for the operators and the need for these facilities to play as well as possible and for as long as possible is paramount. At least now it’s not a question of whether to maintain or not, just a question of what type and amount of maintenance is required.