Northumberland Park School were in desperate need to have their current pitch replacing, especially as the surface didn’t meet the full potential for multi sport usage. The old tufted surface was worn out and Rob Farrell at the London Borough of Haringey decided to contact Playrite directly and see what alternatives could be on offer to the school and how they could get the most from their sports facilities.
Playrite are often asked to offer advice on the best surface for a school or leisure centre, and there are many elements to take into consideration when selecting a synthetic sports pitch such as usage, budget as well as understanding what kind of maintenance is achievable. Due to an extensive product range and a wealth of industry knowledge Playrite are confident that they will find the right product for any project. In this instance Playrite’s National Sales Manager, Steve Byrnes visited Northumberland Park School and discussed their requirements at length.
Once he understood their requirements, he suggested Nearlygrass 20, a realistic looking, hard wearing tufted synthetic grass that can also be used for football and other sports such as netball and hockey. In total 6,400m² of the Nearlygrass was installed. The school also required a further 1,200m² of Matchplay 2, a needlepunch tennis surface that is classified to ITF Category 2 Medium Slow, to create new tennis courts. Installed in countless courts across the UK and Europe, Matchplay 2 is one of Playrite’s most well known surfaces. This is arguably due to its durability teamed with the fact is can be installed quickly with playing characteristics evident from day one.
The project was completed during the winter months and by early spring the pitch was in full use and the school are incredibly pleased with their new synthetic surfaces. They have reported that both the multi use games area and tennis courts now get extreme daily use and are wearing incredibly well. As a competitive London school it is important Northumberland Park School has the best facilities on offer, and thanks to Playrite they have sports facilities that they are proud of and that can be used all the year round.
Colleen Robinson, Business Manager at Northumberland Park Community School explains how “The new surface has been great; it has provided a better and safer sporting surface for our students. It is useable in all weather conditions so the curriculum does not have to be interrupted; in addition the attractiveness of the new surface has encouraged further interest and participation from community groups.”