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Pitch Perfect

April 6, 2017
By Jim McAlister at Charles Lawrence
Pitch Perfect
In March, a team from Charles Lawrence began work on the new 3G pitch at Sheffield’s Olympic Legacy Park, and we are thrilled to say the pitch has now been completed.

The team and I were honoured to take on the task of laying the artificial turf for the synthetic pitch, and we quickly began by installing a 20 millimetre shock pad that makes the base of the pitch.  

On top of the shock pad we laid out the synthetic surfacing. This arrives in a roll 78 metres long and 4 metres wide, and we needed to lay 34 rolls individually and seam them together.

We then filled the pitch with a layer of silica sand, followed by a layer of rubber crumb.

This process took around three weeks, and we were very fortunate that the weather was good to us during this work. The result is a perfectly laid out pitch, which can be used by a variety of people from novice athletes to sporting professionals.

We source our synthetic pitch systems from leading manufacturers, all of whom provide Federation International de Football Association (FIFA), International Rugby Board (IRB), or International Hockey Federation (FIH) approved products, which makes them suitable for use in schools, clubs, national or international venues.

Once the surfacing was complete, the team then installed the perimeter fencing and floodlights, and we will soon install the goal posts and some equipment to add the final additions to the pitch.

The team at Charles Lawrence are proud to know that the hard work we put into surfacing the pitch will enable a wide variety of people to enjoy this sport facility.

From students at the UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park campus and the Oasis Academy Don Valley, to local sports clubs and professional teams such as the Sheffield Eagles, this pitch will serve all members of the sporting community in Sheffield.

The pitch will be made available for the public to use from Summer 2017, and we look forward to seeing people making the most out of the park.