Synthetic Pitch Maintenance
Education for Xtreme Turf and ACTurf clients
All over the world more and more sports clubs and federations are doing themselves – as well as their players and coaches – a huge favour by deciding to have one or several synthetic pitches installed. Players and coaches are particularly enthusiastic about artificial pitch playing characteristics, which results in a higher quality game with fewer worries about injuries. Clubs and federations, on the other hand, are delighted with the all-year round availability and incredible durability of their artificial turf fields.
The need for maintenance
Just as any other sports facility, a synthetic pitch needs care and maintenance to stay in good shape – grounds men and women need not worry about becoming obsolete. Where people fail to do the necessary work on a regular basis, fields will tend to start looking ragged, especially in those places that are heavily played upon (e.g. in the goalmouth and central areas). This effect is caused by the gradual dislodgement of rubber particles in these areas, which of course, is not a pretty sight. But apart from aesthetics, there are even more important reasons why this should not be allowed to happen; the very playability; usability and longevity that people love about their synthetic pitch sports fields are compromised. What’s more, if artificial pitches are not or insufficiently maintained any guarantee becomes void and FIFA test criteria (if applicable) may no longer be met.
Why maintenance is a must
The cost of neglect
Solid maintenance programs for synthetic pitches should include ways to handle:
circumstances and varied intensity of use
Other considerations for artificial pitches