Highfield Park Centre, St Albans

Project: Highfield Park Centre, St Albans

Highfield Park Centre in St Albans benefits from a sports hall, gym, tennis courts, two playing fields, seven football pitches and a floodlit multi use games area which features Playrite’s Matchplay 2 in sporting green.  The centre wanted to extend their opening hours and thanks to the hard wearing nature of the synthetic surface and the floodlighting they’ve been able to do this during the week until 10pm at night! Installed over 7 years ago back in January 2005 the centre is still impressed with their sporting surface.
Highfield Park has 60 acres of open space and comprises footpaths, cycleways, boules courts, a 2 mile tree trail, orchards, Mediterranean garden and a wide variety of wildlife. The leisure centre on site offers a wide range of sports activities such as Archery, Athletics, Yoga, Fitness, Football, Tennis and Badminton and is used by a variety of local community groups.
David Reid, centre manager at Highfield Park recently got in touch to tell us how pleased they still are with the Playrite surface. They originally choose Matchplay 2 because they wanted a multi use surface that everyone could use regardless of sport or ability. Mr Reid explained how:
“The synthetic surface is used every single day by people of all ages, from toddlers right up to the older generation. Its most popular use is for football and we did think about having a 3G surface installed. However because it is only a small area we need it to be suitable for all sports and ages, allowing the local community to get the best use out of the facilities on offer. As well as football it is also used for tennis, American football and a bit of netball.
Even after seven years of incredibly high usage the surface is still playing well. It doesn’t require much maintenance – we remove debris regularly and sweep the surface a few times a month to help re-distribute the sand. We then re-sand the surface when it needs it but this isn’t often. On the whole I would definitely recommend Playrite’s Matchplay 2 synthetic surface as for us it has been the ideal solution for seven years.”