Notts Sport, the leading synthetic sport pitch designers have helped a Manchester school defeat the region's notorious rain with an 'all weather' multi-sports ground.
The installation at Parrenthorn High School in Prestwich offers pupils and the wider community the opportunity to play football, hockey, rugby and rounder's on a quick-draining and durable surface.
Not only does it mean more sports more often for local children, but by opening the facility to local clubs and community users it is bringing in extra revenue for the school.
Andrew Morley, Business Manager at Parrenthorn High School, explains: "Many of the local clubs suffer, as we did, with waterlogged grass pitches that can't be used year-round. "Now we have added hockey to our school sports, our feeder schools can come here to play sports, and Bury Hockey Club and the Salford City Reds rugby league First team are among the wider community groups using the facility.
"It's providing massive benefits for the Parrenthorn, and when it's floodlit in the evenings it's a real draw for people passing by. Schools are now in a competitive market to attract pupils, and this is one of the best facilities on offer in this area."
Replacing an out of date and under used shale pitch, which was a dustbowl in summer and a bog in winter, using their 24 years of experience Notts Sport were able to design a pitch that recycled as much of the old shale construction as possible and delivered a new full-size synthetic grass pitch complying to modern sporting standards.
The full-size synthetic hockey pitch, is surfaced with a high quality sand-dressed grass and this surface is laid onto the exclusive VHAF® rubber crumb shockpad, with the facility fenced and floodlit. A 40-bay car park has also been created next to the facility, to encourage community use.
Richard Duffy, Commercial Director for Midland CSB Ltd which delivered the construction of the project, says: "This was a large-scale project which went very successfully, with a happy client as the end result. As designers and contract administrators at no additional charge to supplying the synthetic components, Notts Sport were professional and helpful and a pleasure to work with."