Why it could be beneficial for football clubs to use artificial grass
In the wake of the World Cup, football is on everyone’s minds. Will it ‘be coming home’ or will the English disappointment continue for another 4 years? Either way (a little like Brexit) you just can’t escape it.
Artificial grass has been banned from being used in UK football clubs since its creation in the late 1980’s. This was due to claims of it diminishing the quality of the football played as well as being seen as dangerous to play on. Now in 2018 a lot has changed in the world of artificial grass. The difference in having unfilled or sand-filled artificial grass for football has always been a matter of debate and it was only the introduction of third-generation systems (when artificial grass uses both sand and rubber infills,) now means artificial grass is now seen as a legitimate alternative. But what is in it for smaller clubs? It seems with the large costs of laying artificial grass, small or recreational clubs will need to see and understand the available return and benefits before considering using artificial grass.
Here are just some of the benefits of using artificial grass over a real pitch:
- It’s weather resistant - As we all know the British weather can be highly unpredictable. On average it we see 106.5 days of rain a year - and that's not including those post rainy days where fields are water logged and unusable. As sunlight isn’t required to keep artificial grass in good condition it’s a perfect fit for those long (long) winter months. Using artificial grass will allow clubs more days of use, better quality play… and even a cleaner kit post muddy match
- Higher usage - Artificial grass is able to withstand constant usage without the same wear and tear as a natural pitch. Allowing more playing time and no downtime to allow the to recuperate. Real grass needs a significant amount of recovery time in order to allow any weathered area’s to become safe for play this isn't the case for artificial grass. Low maintenance - Whatever the size of a club, a Groundsman is usually required to maintain and keep the pitch in decent and safe condition to allow teams the highest quality turf to play on. However with artificial grass, mowing, strimming and constant care will be a thing of the past. Allowing smaller clubs to be more profitable by saving on pitch upkeep.
- Source of income for small clubs - One of the benefits of football turf is the fact that the field can be used for all kinds of sporting events without damaging the quality of the pitch, ensuring that correct maintenance is available though. As it’s estimated the cost of laying an artificial pitch could be up to £500,000, which would be reimbursed through increased revenue streams.“If an artificial surface can help a League Two club thrive, or even simply survive - and in the process become an integral part of its community - is that such a bad thing
- Looks and feels like natural grass - Gone are the days of rough, short fake grass burning through knees, artificial grass is softer and more natural than ever before. Not only does it look natural it's lighter on skin without causing injury to players.
Football is one of the great British institutions and finding ways to allow smaller football clubs to stay open, save money and grow is crucial to the sport. Many artificial grass suppliers are transforming alternatives to natural grass, allowing for safer and more eco-friendly substitutes than its predecessors. We look forward to seeing the development in English football over the next few years, but for now we’re excited to wave our St Georges flag and sing Three Lions till our voices go! Good Luck boys!!
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