New multi use games area is safer, more usable and more attractive thanks to Playrite
High in Ipswich is a mixed secondary school with over 800 students.
The school's biggest aim is to encourage all students and staff to
achieve their best and to make the most of their talents or special
abilities. The key to the school's success has been the strong
relationships across the community, which is one of the reasons
that Stoke High wanted to upgrade their facilities to provide a new
Multi Use Games Area, which will also be used by Maidenhall Leisure
The new sports pitch was installed by Suffolk County Grounds
Services who have a wealth of experience when it comes to working
with Playrite and their synthetic surfaces. Matchplay 2 was
selected as the best product for the project as the structured
needlepunch surface offers high durability and is suitable for a
wide range of sports, particularly tennis and netball and is
classified to ITF category 2, medium slow. Performance
characteristics are evident from day one and play can continue
almost immediately, which is a huge benefit as usage is only
disrupted for a minimal period.
Paul Tankard, Head of Faculty at Stoke High explained how:
"The new surface has provided a much safer working environment
for pupils due to increased grip and the softer top surface. This
also means it is far more useable throughout the year in any
weather conditions. It drains much quicker and this allows us to
use it after bouts of rain. The more attractive nature of the
surface encourages participation both in school and in out of
school hours. It also encourages greater community use."
Throughout the project, Jez Anstey from Suffolk County Grounds
Services worked closely with Playrite's Steve Byrnes to ensure that
the project was completed on schedule and to budget. Mr Anstey
explained how: "Matchplay 2 is an ideal product for projects like
this, just because it meets all necessary requirements perfectly.
We've worked with Playrite on countless projects and are always
impressed with the service we receive from them and the high
quality of their products."