3G surface for rugby clubs
Kestrel Golf & Sports has recently laid a 3rd generation rubber crumb infill synthetic surface for Richmond and London Scottish Rugby Clubs who share seven pitches at the Athletic Ground in Richmond, Surrey.
The area, used by the 1st XV for pre-match warm ups, showed significant signs of wear from early in the season and the continuous returfing was becoming expensive.
"We looked at all the options on the market", said Graeme Mahler, General Manager at the Richmond Athletic Association, which manages the facility on their behalf.
"It was a straight choice between using 'Lokturf', which has a fibre reinforcement or the 3G synthetic surface that's being endorsed by Rugby Union's governing body."
The facilities at the ground will soon undergo major redevelopment and the Athletic Association hope to install a large 3G training area on the site of the old grandstand and clubhouse.
Graeme continued: "Players and coaches at all levels here have responded enthusiastically to the prospect of using a 3G surface to train on. It would also take the pressure off the natural grass pitches, three of which are currently used six days a week".