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Sports Maintenance Services (South) Tel: 0208 788 0123 Sports Maintenance Services (North) Tel: 0114 273 7409 Email info@sportsmaintenance.com www.sportsmaintenance.com

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Ensuring safety and performance


Contents Introduction

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Surface Inspection

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Benefits of Professional Maintenance

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Official BS EN 15330 and FA testing

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Correct Maintenance for Synthetics

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Tennis Synthetic Surfaces

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Tennis and Netball Hard Surface

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Athletics

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Pitches – sand-filled AWP

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Pitches – sand-dressed AWP

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Pitches – rubber-filled - 3G AWP

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Pitches – water based AWP

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Rejuvenation

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Pitch Recycling

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Relocation Case Study

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Fencing

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Equipment

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Accessories

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Links

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Contact

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Introduction

Surface Inspection

With over 12 years of experience, Sports Maintenance Services is a premier service provider to the sports and leisure industry. We provide maintenance and refurbishment services for all types of hard and synthetic sports surfaces used for tennis, football, MUGA’s (Multi Use Game Areas), hockey, golf driving ranges and athletic tracks.

Sports Maintenance Services offer a complimentary site survey to all our new clients. Our surface inspections give a general guide on performance characteristics and safety performance of the surface.

We work throughout the UK and our clients range from premiership football clubs to leisure/sports centres, schools and local authorities. Professional regulated maintenance incorporating official BS EN 15330 testing and FA governing body testing is vital to ensure safe play characteristics and consistent play qualities. Sports Maintenance Services now offers fully integrated maintenance packages incorporating independent accredited testing with certification to governing body standards.

Our standard site surveys inspect the following: 1. Surface Levels (Straight Edge) Surface levels are inspected and we would highlight any trip hazards that would be of a health and safety concern.

Floor Test

2. Porosity (Visual) A visual inspection for signs of 'ponding' and silt residues which can occur after inappropriate maintenance, so causing slip hazards. 3. Pile Height for Synthetic Carpets (Floor Test FT50) This gives information on how much life there is left within the carpet in key wear areas. 4. Infill Levels (Floor Test FT50) Infill levels are inspected as incorrect levels can cause damage to the synthetic carpet and contribute to unsafe play characteristics. 5. Shock Absorption (Field Tester) Compaction can cause drainage issues and can lead to compromised play characteristics for end users.

Field Tester

6. Energy Restitution and Vertical Deformation (Field Tester) The Field Tester gives an appreciation on how responsive and stable the surface is for end users. Please note that the Field Tester and other similar equipment such as the Field Man are not recognised by governing sports bodies but do give a general guide on performance.

Repairs undertaken 2

Straight Edge

Official reports for health and safety compliance can be only be generated by independent UKAS accredited test houses. 3


Benefits

of Professional Maintenance

The benefits of professional maintenance programmes with integrated UKAS testing are: Official UKAS reports giving transparency on health and safety and performance findings linked to BS EN 15330 and governing body standards. Avoidance of unnecessary expenditure linked to unnecessary work being undertaken. Safety for end users. Extended performance and product warranties.

Specialist chemicals and chemical equipment for the treatment of weeds, moss and algae. Specialist paints and line marking equipment for marking out or remarking lines on synthetic surfaces.

Documentation in relation to health and safety and risk management.

Highly skilled and experienced operatives who can undertake seam repairs and renovation of worn or damaged areas.

Validation that maintenance programmes are appropriate and fit for purpose.

Identification and direct supply of essential equipment for on site grounds staff.

End of year health and safety compliance to BS EN 15330 standards and governing body standards (FA), providing pitch meets standards. Significant savings through preventative maintenance programmes.

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Specialist de-compaction equipment with over 10 year track record of success in maintaining pitch performance.

Fixed price integrated maintenance, testing and certification packages are available over a 3 year period.

Regulated BS EN 15330 /FA Maintenance Packages Official testing and certification to BS EN 15330 and Sports Governing Body standards such as the FA is a service that is integrated in all of our maintenance packages at no additional cost.

The AA

This complimentary service gives our clients annual health and safety compliance. Such official test reports mitigate legal and financial risks for site operators linked to duty of care and fitness for purpose. An official UKAS ISO 17025 accredited testing laboratory will visit your site after we have carried out maintenance visits in order to certify your pitch in line with British Standards and/or Governing Body standards and a full test report will be issued accordingly in PDF and hard copy format. In line with Sport England recommendations, our regulated maintenance packages for multi use recreational sport surfaces now integrate testing to BS EN 15330. Where competition regulations apply, testing in line with the FA Governing Body would be undertaken free of charge.

Slip Tester

Hic Tester

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Correct Maintenance for synthetics

Brushing a surface will only agitate infill to depths of 2mm-3mm and is completely ineffective when infill is damp. Brushing alone does not alleviate compaction or improve surface performance. Our specialist equipment, developed and manufactured in the UK, breaks up and aerates from depths of 10mm to 30mm. It also operates effectively in damp conditions - decompacting, cleaning and regulating infills.

Routine Service Levels Effective maintenance based on decompaction ensures rejuvenation expenditures are avoided. We offer two levels of service linked to regular professional maintenance of synthetic surfaces. Frequency of required service depends upon intensity of use and age of surface. Client budgets can be flexed across both levels of service. LEVEL 1 Revitalisation and deep infill cleaning of infills (quarterly, bi-annual and annual) LEVEL 2 Decompaction and surface cleaning (fortnightly, monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly)

Refurbishment Service Levels For synthetic surfaces that have been incorrectly maintained and are now unsafe in terms of ball and player surface interaction and surfaces that are now suffering drainage and infill problems we can address with the following levels of refurbishment service.

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1. Full rejuvenation 2. Hydrovac rejuvenation 3. Partial rejuvenation

Tennis and MUGA Synthetic Surfaces All carpet fibres degrade over time due to the abrasive nature of the infill. We offer the following which will result in improved drainage and optimal playing performance. Decompaction Scarification Power vacuuming Sand dressing Drag brushing Seam repairs and replacement of worn carpet areas Our specialist decompaction equipment addresses the following two problems:1. Infill Contamination Over time microns of the polypropylene material break off and debris from surrounding vegetation, atmospheric dust and dirt from players footwear all mix with the infill. The result, if no action is taken, is a reduction in drainage. The contaminated infill now holds more moisture and this in turn enables moss and algae to establish a hold on the playing surface. All weather capabilities are lost and the surface becomes exceptionally slippery. 2. Infill Compaction Compaction occurs as a result of the infill compressing itself into the carpet due to heavy utilisation, light brushing and lack of professional maintenance. The consequences of compaction are poor drainage, poor traction and a dangerously fast playing surface. The play characteristics and performance specifications are lost.

Before

After

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Tennis and Netball Hard Surfaces Chemical Treatment and Pressure Cleaning Moss and algae are often found on hard court surfaces. This can look unsightly and can also create slippery areas, which may lead to accidents. It can also compromise the structural integrity of the tarmac surface. We can eliminate this problem through chemical treatments and industrial pressure cleaning.

Athletics To ensure track certification and safe running qualities with good traction, we recommend that all athletic tracks be cleaned and chemically treated on an annual basis.

Retexturing and Line Marking We only use SAPCA* approved sports premium textured paint and on old surfaces we can apply resin binders. We can offer a variety of colour combinations all of which benefit the court in terms of aesthetics and surface performance. Our coatings improve traction to provide greater safety to players and offer a protective coating, which will extend the life of the court.

The Horger KBR has the ability to switch effortlessly between a light rotary setting and a deep cleaning wet vacuum setting. The cleaning specification can be varied according to the surface requirements.  The results are dramatic and result in greater track safety, improved traction/ surface performance characteristics.  Go to our website www.sportsmaintenance.com to see the equipment in action.

Repairs We are able to perform surface repairs to a variety of common hard surface problems:• Infra-ray heat treatments • Cracks and small holes • Compression of root encroachment • Disk cutting and relevelling of subsidence areas • Patch repairs

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Retexturing

We use Europe’s leading Athletic Track Cleaner, the Horger KBR, which is a precision engineered Athletic Track Cleaner that satisfies all European specification with regard to performance and safety.

After

In addition to our track maintenance programme we also offer a full track refurbishment service encompassing retexturing and remarking of the track plus rubber repairs.

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Correct Maintenance

Pitches Sand Filled AWP

Procedures

Correct maintenance procedures linked to decompaction and surface cleaning will extend the life of sand filled carpets by more than 30% and will ensure safe and consistent play qualities. Inappropriate maintenance procedures linked to the use of drag brushing and rotary brushing alone will lead to expensive rejuvenation costs within four to five years. Inappropriate maintenance procedures will be detrimental to performance characteristics linked to ball and player surface interaction, such surfaces will fall outside governing body standards and will suffer drainage issues.

Revitalisation through decompaction

Independent testing verifies the need to decompact and aerate infill to depths of 5-10mm. It also confirms that drag brushing and rotary brushing alone does not alleviate the problem of infill compaction - as brushing alone only works within a 2mm-3mm pile depth.

Infill and pile cleaning

All sand filled carpets need to have infill cleaned to a depth of more than 5mm on an annual or bi-annual basis (linked to the intensity of use in order to remove contamination within the carpet pile so preserving drainage.)

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Infill regulation

Due to pile height contraction caused by wear, all sand filled carpets need to have infill levels regulated, to ensure a 2mm pile height clearance. A failure to regulate infill levels will reduce the life expectancy of the surface and more importantly will make the surface unsafe in terms of traction. Our specialist equipment grades off excess infill, ensuring a 2mm pile height clearance. SMS equipment has been specifically designed by British engineers to penetrate and aerate sand filled carpets to a depth greater than 10mm in both damp and dry conditions.

In House or Outsource

Procedure

Time Scale

Wind blowing of surface to remove debris or litter.

Fortnightly

In House/ Outsource

Surface cleaning and power brushing of infill

Weekly/Fortnightly

In House/ Outsource

Levelling of infill with rubber drag mat.

Weekly/Fortnightly

In House/ Outsource

Inspection of seams and inlaid lines.

Weekly/Fortnightly

In House

Chemical treatment of perimeter areas for moss and algae.

Bi-annual (Spring and Autumn)

Professional Outsource

Remarking of temporary sports lines if lines are not inlaid.

Annual or Bi-annual

Professional Outsource

Revitalisation and decompaction of infill to depths greater than 5mm

Bi-annual

Professional Outsource

Grading off infill to ensure 1mm-2mm clearance levels

Bi-annual

Professional Outsource

Official UKAS test reports and certification to governing body standards

Annual

Professional Outsource 11


Correct Maintenance

Pitches Sand Dressed AWP

Procedures

Correct maintenance procedures linked to revitalisation and surface cleaning will eliminate drainage problems and will ensure safe and consistent play qualities. Inappropriate maintenance procedures linked to the use of drag brushing and rotary brushing alone will lead to expensive rejuvenation costs within four to five years. Inappropriate maintenance procedures will be detrimental to characteristics linked to ball and player surface interaction.

Revitalisation through decompaction

Independent testing verifies the need to decompact and aerate sand dressed carpets. It also confirms that drag brushing and rotary brushing alone does not alleviate the problem of compaction - as brushing alone only works within a 2mm-3mm pile depth.

Infill and pile cleaning

All sand dressed carpets need to be cleaned to a depth greater than 5mm on an annual or bi-annual basis (linked to the intensity of use) to ensure good drainage.

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Infill regulation

Due to the density of pile within sand dressed surfaces infill regulation is not an issue. The exception to the above being the hockey short corner and penalty spot areas where infill is brushed out. SMS equipment has been specifically designed by British engineers to penetrate and aerate sand dressed carpets to a depth greater than 10mm in both damp and dry conditions.

In House or Outsource

Procedure

Time Scale

Wind blowing of surface to remove debris or litter.

Fortnightly

In House

Brushing of surface with drag brush/rotary brush to agitate pile and surface infill.

Weekly/Fortnightly

In House

Inspection of seams and inlaid lines.

Weekly/Fortnightly

In House

Chemical treatment of perimeter areas for moss and algae.

Bi-annual (Spring and Autumn)

Professional Outsource

Remarking of temporary sports lines if lines are not inlaid.

Annual

Professional Outsource

Revitalisation through decompaction, aeration and pile infill cleaning to depths greater than 5mm

Annual or Bi-annual

Professional Outsource

Official UKAS test reports and certification to governing body standards

Annual

Professional Outsource

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Pitches Rubber Filled - 3G AWP Correct maintenance procedures linked to revitalisation and surface cleaning will extend the life of rubber filled carpets by more than 30% and will ensure safe and consistent play qualities. Inappropriate maintenance procedures linked to the use of drag brushing and rotary brushing alone will lead to expensive rejuvenation costs within four to five years. Inappropriate maintenance procedures will be detrimental to performance characteristics linked to ball and player surface interaction.

Revitalisation through decompaction

Independent testing verifies the need to decompact and aerate rubber infill. It also confirms that drag brushing and rotary brushing alone does not alleviate the problem of infill compaction - as brushing alone only works within a 2mm 3mm pile depth.

Infill and pile cleaning

All rubber filled carpets need to have infill de-compacted, aerated and cleaned to a maximum depth of 30mm on a bi-annual or quarterly basis (linked to the intensity of use).

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Infill regulation

Due to pile height contraction caused by wear, plus excessive infill movement away from intensively used goal mouth areas, all rubber filled carpets need to have infill levels regulated (to ensure a 10-15mm pile height clearance). A failure to regulate infill levels will change the play characteristics of the surface and more importantly will make the surface unsightly and unsafe in terms of traction. Our specialist equipment grades off and redistributes excess infill, ensuring a 10-15mm pile height clearance. SMS equipment has been specifically designed by British engineers to penetrate and aerate rubber filled carpets to a depth of 30mm in both damp and dry conditions.

Correct Maintenance Procedures

Procedure

Time Scale

In House or Outsource

Wind blowing of surface to remove debris or litter.

Fortnightly

In House

Brushing of surface with drag brush/rotary brush to agitate pile and surface infill. Levelling of infill with rubber drag mat.

Weekly/Fortnightly

In House

Weekly/Fortnightly

In House

Surface Cleaning and Decompaction

Weekly/Fortnightly

Professional Outsource

Inspection of seams and inlaid lines.

Weekly/Fortnightly

In House

Chemical treatment of perimeter areas for moss and algae.

Bi-annual (Spring and Autumn)

Professional Outsource

Remarking of temporary sports lines if lines are not inlaid.

Annual or Bi-annual

Professional Outsource

Revitalisation through decompaction and deep cleaning

Bi-annual

Professional Outsource

Grading off infill to ensure 10mm clearance levels.

Bi-annual

Professional Outsource

Official UKAS test reports and certification to governing body standards

Annual

Professional Outsource

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Pitches Water Based AWP

Rejuvenation

To keep water filled surfaces in optimum condition in terms of safety, play characteristics and aesthetics, it is imperative to put in place procedures to control and monitor the following:

Time Scale

Algae Contamination

Algae contamination can be controlled through the use of proven chemicals and di-algae accessories. Chemicals are to be applied direct to the filtration system and can be purchased through Sports Maintenance Services. Contact us direct at the office or through our website

www.sportsmaintenance.com

Seam and inlaid line movement

Independent surface performance and safety reports would highlight any seam or line movement which would be addressed through our seam repair service.

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Infill Revitalisation

Inappropriate maintenance procedures will result in playing surfaces losing their all-weather playing capabilities. If your synthetic playing surface is showing signs of poor drainage then rejuvenation or partial rejuvenation may be required. The signs are as follows:

The latest machinery, the Horger SKR removes infill waste/contamination through a process of high speed brushing, high pressure cleaning and vacuum extraction/pick up of waste from deep within the carpet pile. The waste product is disposed of on site.

1.The appearance of numerous and persistent puddles after light rainfall. 2. Slimy residues appearing on the playing surface after surface waters have subsided. 3. Infill ‘waste’ spreading to the outside of the playing surface after heavy rainfall. 4. The surface becoming dangerously slippery, especially in ‘wet’ conditions.

This procedure should be undertaken either on an annual or bi annual basis.

All of the above impacts upon health and safety requirements. Furthermore, as the surface will only be ‘playable’ on fair weather days, the interruption to scheduled games will also contribute to client dissatisfaction.

The Rejuvenation Process

Surface detritus and vegetation is removed from the playing surface. Specialist decompaction machinery releases compacted infill. Specialist extraction equipment removes all contaminated infill from the synthetic carpet. Contaminated infill is removed from site in 1 tonne bags for recycling. Dressing and levelling of new infill to appropriate pile height levels. Once a playing surface has been rejuvenated we will offer a professional maintenance programme. This will ensure that the all weather capabilities of the surface are maintained.

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Pitch Reclamation & Recycling

Relocation Case Study

Synthetic surfaces that are nearing the end of their life need to be disposed of in an ethical and environmentally responsible manner, with an economic benefit to all interest groups.

Relocation Site – Rocks Lane Community Sports Centre The above community sports facility had a 2,500 m2 hard standing tarmac area that was dormant and under used. This was identified as a suitable relocation site for the reclaimed grass. The facility requirements were that the reclaimed carpet be installed as a MUGA (Multi Use Games Area) sports pitch with specific inlaid line markings. The logistical cost of moving the reclaimed product were negligible as the carpet was free of infill. The installation costs were standard as the rolls were precision cut and tightly rolled. This enabled installation works to be completed within one week.

Current practices do not recognise any existing value in the carpet or the infill at the end of the surface’s life, as such all current surfaces are land filled. The Xtraction process reclaims infill and carpet allowing for relocation, re-use and recycling either at another area on site, a sister school, other local institution or a community project. The TM5 and TM3 – have been specifically developed for the recycling of synthetic carpets and infills, giving you the option to: 1. Reuse the infills and the grass carpet on site. 2. Reposition the synthetic carpet. 3. Relocate the synthetic carpet.

TM3

Testimonial “When we told our junior football players that the new 7 a side area was ready to train on, they were uncontainable with excitement. This was all made possible by the Xtraction process and professional installation. We now have a surface which is used for football training by schools, five a side club competitions and local FA matches. The feedback on playability has been very positive from players, teachers and coaches. We would whole-heartedly recommend this product and look forward to our next project using recycled products.” Chris Warren, Managing Director of Rocks Lane Multi Sports Centres.

The TM5 and TM3 unlock values within the pitch. For further information and costings on this service, contact info@xtraction.com. To see the TM5 AND TM3 in action go to www.xtraction.com Bad practice - field tipping

TM3

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Grass ready for relocation through Xtraction process

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Fencing SMS offer a variety of fencing solutions for all sports and budgets. Chainlink fencing - ideal for ball retention for tennis, netball and basket ball. Weldmesh or weldmesh panels - providing secure and sturdy surroundings to artificial turf pitches. Guaranteeing safety for spectators and participants. Pitch dividing netting - allowing full size sports pitches to be sub-divided into smaller areas. Nets are fully retractable when not in use, enabling full pitch play. Spectator railings. Bespoke fencing.

Equipment

Quad and Rubber Drag Mat

SMS offer a full maintenance service. However, should you wish to undertake some aspects of maintenance yourself, we can offer the following items.

Equipment Quad Bikes We can supply Kawasaki 250cc Quad bikes which are ideal for towing our accessory drag mat and drag brush. Main DSV (Tractor powered) Deep infill revitalisation unit incorporating high speed rotary brushes, vacuum filtration and decompaction to depths of 35mm. Mini Decompaction Unit Portable decompaction and aeration unit with weight bars, fully adjustable to pile depths of 30mm Grooming Rubber Drag Mat Equalises infill levels over slightly uneven playing surfaces and should be used in conjunction with heavy duty drag brush.

Mini Decompaction Unit Heavy Duty Drag Brush

Heavy Duty Drag Brushes An essential investment for synthetic sports surfaces. Regular use of the drag brush maintains playing qualities of the sport surface in terms of traction, grip, speed of play and consistency of play. The brush controls debris levels and agitates sports surface infill. The Sledge The sledge is a British designed surface debris collection unit with filter capabilities and brush attachments.

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Tractor Powered Main DSV

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Accessories Accessories

Chemical Cleaning Agents We recommend the following cleaning agents. Used regularly they will alleviate moss/algae infill contamination. • Di-Algae - 25 or 5 litre container • Chemikil Pro - 5,10 and 25 litres

Application of PDV salt

Links CONSULTANCY & UKAS SURFACE TESTING SPECIALISTS Sports Labs - www.sportslabs.co.uk Surface Performance Ltd - www.surfaceperformance.com Labosport - www.labosport.co.uk

Sports Infill Rubber infill and sand infill can be supplied per ton bagged or loose. Please contact for full specification.

SYNTHETIC TURF SUPPLIERS (FIFA, FA, ITF) Rhino Turf - www.rhino-turf.com Lano Sports - www.lanosports.com

PDV (Pure dry vacuum salt) For defrosting pitches.

CONSTRUCTION SPECIALISTS Kestrel - www.kestrelcontractors.co.uk G and H Lilico - www.gandhlillico.co.uk

Glue and Tape For DIY repairs to seams and inlaid lines. Supplied in 5 litre / 10 litre containers with a binder component.

RECYCLING AND RECLAMATION SPECIALISTS Xtraction - www.xtraction.com

INSTALLATION SPECIALISTS Sports Surface Solutions Ltd - www.sportssurfacesolutions.com OTHER RESOURCES Sports know how - online resource giving pitch/court dimensions and diagrams. www.sportsknowhow.com United Kingdom Athletics - Online information regarding health and safety, training and track certification. See ‘Facilities’ at www.uka.org.uk Health and Safety Executive - HSE’s job is to protect people against risks to health or safety arising out of work activities. Provides advice, guidance and information on inspections. www.hse.gov.

Paint SAPCA approved acrylic and polyurethane premium extra textured paints for hard surface courts and MUGAs. Accessories We also offer a comprehensive range of standard pitch accessories and equipment: • Football & Hockey goals • Post security attachments • Football netting • Corner Flags • Dug outs • Tennis nets and tennis posts Pitch installation Royal Grammar School, Newcastle

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