Following the development of the first football pitch at Strathfield in 2017, Tuff Group are in the final stages of completing a second surface which includes another football pitch and two Futsal fields located in the vicinity of the existing pitch.
The development of this field was lead by Tuff Group ‘Rising Star’ Daniel Johnstone. Daniel has worked tirelessly to ensure that every element of the new facility is built to the standard required for strong performance and a long surface life.
As can be seen in the photos below, the sand for the surface is being laid in rows. It’s important that this is done evenly and so the sand is put on in layers. We then ensure it is spread evenly using the Laymore brush. Once the three layers have been completed, the infill can then be put on top so that the surface is completed to play on.
This process is particularly important as the field gets used to ensure no particular section will wear before any other.
This project also has a cricket pitch in the centre of the field. To ensure the best integration, Tuff Group have laid a flat concrete base, which (at the time of writing) was about to be covered with the synthetic grass wicket. This allows for a multi-purpose surface so that a number of sports can be played.
Now that the pitch is completed to the right standard, the key element for a long surface life is maintenance. A well-built and installed pitch such as this one can quickly underperform and deteriorate if not marinated regularly and effectively.
One of the key aspects of maintenance is ensuring that the infill layer is even across the surface of the field. While the layer of sand underneath helps to keep the surface in place, it is the infilled that really helps to keep the grass upright and looking (and performing) to the highest standard. If these two elements are undertaken carefully, then the pitch has the best chance of a sustainable and long life.