Golcar Remembers.

As we move into November many peoples thoughts turn to Remembrance day and paying respects for the hero’s of our services past and present.

Terry O’Hagan, an employee of Playrite, knows better than most the sacrifices that affect peoples lives and is instrumental in his community in fundraising and honouring those in our armed services. Terry is an active member in Golcar British Legion and this year they held a service of commemoration for the 100th Anniversary of the commencement of World War 1.

Remembrance service

Playrite were pleased to be able to support this commemoration and show our support for the Royal British Legion.

Employee of the month – July

Belated congratulations to our employee of the month for July, Lynne Hoyle.

Lynne is our sales office supervisor and our longest serving member of the team.

She has been working hard over these busy summer months to make sure that every aspect of our sales office is running smoothly and that customers continue to receive a consistently high level of service, despite the additional demands of the time of year.

Well done Lynne.

Employee of the Month – June

Congratulations to our Marketing Manager, Mandy Greenwood, for claiming the accolade of employee of the month for June. Mandy has worked extremely hard on producing some great marketing material lately including our brand new cricket leaflet. Devised to give cricket clubs the information needed to help them make a clear judgement of the beat surface for their needs. As an impartial manufacturer of cricket surfaces we are one of the best placed sources of information to guide a decision maker.

Sporting challenges 2014

Congratulations must firstly go out to all of our colleagues and partners that completed the Manchester 10K, during this weekend’s searing heat. Out of the 40,000 people taking part, one of our crew came home in 277th place with a fantastic time of 39mins, 58 secs. A massive well done to all our runners and importantly, what a fantastic amount of money raised for brain tumour research.

This comes just shortly after the success of our Managing Director Andrew Sykes running the London Marathon in a more than respectable 3hrs 2mins!!

We’re looking forward to having a go at some more challenges this year too.

Team Playrite

Excitement mounts for FSB

FSB-logo_216x120Specialist sports surface manufacturer Playrite, will be continuing with their tradition of exhibiting at FSB, Cologne this year. The International Trade Fair for Amenity Areas, Sports and Pool Facilities FSB, will be taking place in Cologne from 22nd to 25th October 2013, and has become a key date in the industry diary.

With just a few days to go before the exhibition, the buzz over Playrite’s stand this year is huge with the stand being the biggest and best to date, Marketing Manager, Mandy Greenwood commented:

‘This year we decided to concentrate on our product portfolio and what sets us apart from the competition. We wanted the stand to be a celebration of our great manufacturing tradition and really drill home our expertise, not just in one process but three, which makes us unique within our industry.’

Established for over 20 years, Playrite are the only UK manufacturer of woven, tufted and needlepunch surfaces for sport, play and leisure. With total control over production ensuring that superior surfaces are delivered with fast turnaround times.

Playrite are looking forward to welcoming customers old and new and showcasing the full Playrite product portfolio like never before.

To find out more visit Playrite at FSB, Cologne 22nd October till 25th October – Hall 11.2, stand P050.

Playrite at FSB 2013

Playrite-stand-pre-show_200x133Playrite’s bright and bold stand for FSB 2013 was a real showcase for the companies products and capabilities.

This was the stand Pre-show.

FSB-drinks-reception_200x150And if you follow the link here you can see a short video of the stand in all its glory.

Tennis Pro Bjorn Borg thinks new Tennis Courts are a Winner!

bjorn_borg_playing_on_playrite_winner_15_399x598Former World No. 1 tennis player, Bjorn Borg is considered to be the greatest tennis player of all time – winning five consecutive Wimbledon singles titles and six French Open singles titles.

Due to his successful career in tennis, he was the best person to open and play on the new courts at Lightwater Leisure Centre in Surrey. The centre, which is surrounded by protected woodland, offers a multitude of facilities and different ways to make sure people of all ages get the chance to keep fit and healthy.

Constantly making sure that the facilities they offer are the best they can be, Lightwater Leisure Centre decided that they wanted to resurface a block of five tarmac tennis courts into four multi sport courts. They selected Playrite’s Winner 15 product, which is classified to ITF category 4 Medium Fast. The sand filled, tufted surface is manufactured with fibrillated polypropylene fibres to a pile height of 15mm and because the club decided to have inlaid line markings for netball and football the surface is suitable for multi sport use, as well as tennis. This means that the club will also be able to get much more use out of the sports surface and maximise their revenue potential.


The project was managed by Dales Sports Surfaces who have accumulated a great deal of experience working with Playrite products over the past 20 years.

Jamie Banwell-Clode General Manager of Lightwater Leisure Centre was at the grand opening with Bjorn Borg and commented:

“We chose Playrite as their product best matched our requirements for both tennis and multisport use and they came highly recommended within the industry. It was very important to have multi use courts to enable us to maximize our court bookings by catering for a variety of sports.


Thank you to photographer Harriet Armstrong for supplying Playrite with these images.