Sports surface specialist total-play Ltd has been appointed by Calmore Sport's Cricket Club to upgrade its facilities following the club's receipt of a £25,000 grant courtesy of Sport England's Inspired Facilities initiative.
Part of the £135 million Places People Play legacy programme, the funding is aimed at bringing the magic of a home Olympic and Paralympic Games into communities across the country. When completed, like all facilities funded by the programme, Calmore's new non turf cricket facilities will carry the London 2012 Inspire mark; celebrating its link to the 2012 games.
The project will see total-play replace an existing two lane non-turf practice system, which has been in-situ for over 10 years, with a brand new, fully carpeted 2-lane 27m open system built to total-play's tp365 ECB-approved design. Meanwhile, the existing cricket table will also be upgraded to include a 30m x 2.74m non-turf match pitch, also using the ECB-approved tp365 system.
The Southern Electric Premier League club, which is based at Loperwood Park in Southampton, sees the developments as key to its drive to encourage more youngsters to take up membership, as Calmore Sports chairman Peter Lavelle explains:
"We are delighted to secure this Inspired Facilities grant, which will enable us to create a practice facility that will help us grow the youth section of our club and get more young people actively participating in our sport."
Club Captain, Darren Vann, explains why total-play Ltd was chosen to carry out the works:
"Calmore Sports chose total-play because we wanted to ensure the best quality facility for our members. We felt the total-play product with its features including the protection tunnel, one piece surface carpet and concrete kerbing offered a high quality product that stood out, even amongst the other ECB approved suppliers."
With work is about to commence on the project at Calmore, sport clubs across the country have another opportunity to take advantage of the Inspired Places initiative, as Sport England recently released its latest raft of funding. total-play, with its vast experience of helping to secure funding for schemes is more than happy to advise and support clubs in their bids; whether the project is natural or non-turf, cricket or winter sports.
For more information on Sport England funding visit http://inspiredfacilities.sportengland.org/. To discuss your plans with a member of total-play's expert team, call 01604 864575.
About total-play Ltd
Established in 2007, total-play Ltd offers a complete range of pitch solutions, comprising both synthetic and natural pitch products and related services to schools, universities, community facilities and sports clubs of all levels across the UK and beyond.
From consultancy through to design, groundwork and installation and on-going management and maintenance, total-play can provide clubs with a solution to meets their needs; including installation or refurbishment of cricket, winter games, athletics, MUGA or tennis facilities, ground and pitch protection covers, annual pitch regeneration and maintenance services and a carefully selected range of cricket ground essentials.
total-play operates in all sports arenas, but is perhaps currently best known for its prowess in the cricketing arena, where it became the first non-turf pitch supplier to be awarded the status of England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Non-Turf Pitch (NTP) Code of Practice installer, having met all criteria of the ECB's 'Code of Practice for the Design and Installation of Non-Turf Cricket Facilities'.
The company has capitalised on its unique combination of in-field experience and scientific research backgrounds to develop a series of ground breaking systems including tp365, an ECB 'approved design' non-turf cricket pitch. But do not be mislead into thinking our natural turf surface experience isn't as prominent; with many years experience preparing, designing and constructing sports pitches, the total-play team has a unrivalled insight into the natural pitches. Using up to date technical research in connection with the latest machinery, means total-play is able to deliver leading turn key pitch construction solutions.
total-play is also responsible for the innovation that is the Climate Cover System™ - the lightest, strongest and only breathable sports turf cover, as used by the ECB and the LTA.
total-play launched www.thecricketgroundshop.co.uk, the sole online outlet for both total-play and Climate Cover products alongside other items essential to the smooth running and maintenance of the cricket ground; providing groundsmen with an online 'one stop shop'.