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Our company offers a complimentary site survey to all our new customers. However, should you wish to gain a deeper and more analytical understanding of your playing surface we can offer the following: Clegg Compression testing for synthetic surfaces.

Introduction

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Surface Testing and Consultancy

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Benefits of Maintenance

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Correct Maintenance for Synthetics

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Tennis Synthetic Surface

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Tennis Hard Surface

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Pitches Sand Filled

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Pitches Sand Dressed

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Pitches Rubber Filled/ 3G

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Winterisation of pitches

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Rejuvenation of pitches

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Pitches Water Based

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Athletics

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Tennis conversion from hard to synthetic

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Accessories

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Links and Resources

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Clegg Hammer testing allows you to obtain key data on the drainage and play qualities of your surface. The test pin points compacted areas and reveals how responsive the infill is in terms of elasticity.

Introduction Sports Maintenance Services is a premier service provider to the sports and leisure industry. We provide maintenance services for all hard and synthetic sports surfaces including tennis, football, MUGA’s (Multi Use Game Areas), hockey, golf driving ranges and athletic tracks. We work throughout the UK. Clients include premiership football clubs, leisure/sports centres, schools and local authorities. We also extend our maintenance programme to private court owners. We are registered with Construction Line, SAPCA* and the Institute of Groundsmanship.

Regular maintenance is vital to ensure health & safety characteristics and play qualities. It can also protect both product and installation guarantees.

Brushing alone does little to alleviate compaction and the Clegg test offers empirical measurements which identify levels of compaction over the whole playing surface- heavily compacted areas normally being base and goal line areas. Acting on the results given, we can tackle play characteristic and drainage issues through correct maintenance procedures.

As all playing surfaces are a substantial financial investment it is essential that they be regularly maintained in order to maximise the return on the initial investment.

Munro Slip testing for hard and rubber surfaces. This equipment gives a slip resistant/ traction reading on the half moon dial. This reading occurs when the shoe is released from a set height. The lower the reading the more slippery/ dangerous the playing surface. The equipment gives professional readings that can be used to explain why accidents have occurred and helps with identification of when a sports surface requires retexturing. Pile height depth and our assessment on the life of the surface. Using a Floor Test FT50 probe we can measure the pile height, giving you the life expectancy of the carpet and an appreciation of the infill levels.

Floor Test FT50 Pro

Through our maintenance programmes we extend the life of your playing surface (by at least 30%) and enhance its performance and looks, allowing optimum end user play and satisfaction.

Clegg Hammer

* Sports and Play Construction Association Munro slip test

Clegg Hammer

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Benefits of Maintenance The benefits of professional maintenance contracts are: Ensures manufacturer’s product guarantees for up to 7 years (conditional on maintenance). Installation guarantees for up to 7 years (conditional on maintenance). Product knowledge and an understanding of problems occurring due to incorrect maintenance procedures. Cost savings through the provision of a comprehensive all year maintenance programme for sports facilities. Specialist de-compaction equipment with a 10 year track record of success in maintaining pitches across Europe. 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. Highly skilled and experienced operatives who can undertake seam repairs and renovation of worn or damaged areas. Identification and direct supply of essential equipment for on site grounds staff. Annual reports given on performance and surface longevity, which help with safety and budgetary planning. The option of using our company as a dedicated service provider, undertaking all aspects of regular maintenance for your sports facilities.

Correct Maintenance

for synthetics

Some things are obvious when they are not right, others need more attention Most brushes only clean infill to depths of 2mm-3mm and are completely ineffective when infill is damp. Our specialist equipment breaks up and aerates infill to depths of 10mm to 30mm. It also operates effectively in damp conditions - decompacting, cleaning and regulating infills.

Routine Service Levels Sports Maintenance Services offer a complete de-compaction service, which ensures the synthetic carpet is being deep cleaned and aerated, so preserving drainage and safe play characteristics. Effective maintenance based on decompaction ensures rejuvenation and revitalisation 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 Decompaction & Scarification visits – yearly frequency- (Monthly, Quarterly, Bi-annual). LEVEL 2 Decompaction & infill cleaning visits – yearly frequency -(Bi-annual, Annual).

Refurbishment Service Levels For synthetic surfaces that have been incorrectly maintained and are now suffering drainage and infill problems we can offer the following levels of refurbishment service.

Fixed Price Maintenance Contracts are available over a 3 year period. 4

1. Revitalisation through Orbital scarification, decompaction & re-regulation of infills. 2. Revitalisation through hydroextraction and re-regulation of infills. 3. Rejuvenation through extraction of all infill and replacement with new.

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Tennis Synthetic Surface

Tennis Hard Surface

All carpet fibres degrade over time due to the abrasive nature of the infill therefore professional assistance is essential. We offer the following which will result is 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

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.

Respray and Line Marking We only use SAPCA* approved sports premium textured paint and can offer a variety of colour combinations, all of which benefit the court in terms of aesthetics and surface performance. Our coatings improve grip to provide greater safety to players and offer a protective coating, which will extend the life of the court. * Sports and Play Construction Association

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. 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.

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Pitches Sand Filled Correct maintenance procedures linked to de-compaction and regulation of infill will extend the life of sand filled carpets by more than 30% and, at the same time, maximize player enjoyment and player safety. Inappropriate maintenance procedures linked to the use of drag brushing and rotary brushing alone will lead to expensive revitilisation and rejuvenation costs within four to five years.

De-Compaction Clegg compression testing verifies the need to decompact and aerate 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. All sand filled carpets need to have infill de-compacted, aerated and cleaned to a depth of more than 5mm on an annual or bi-annual basis (linked to the intensity of use). SMS equipment has been specifically designed by British and Dutch engineers to penetrate and aerate sand filled carpets to a depth greater than 10mm in both damp and dry conditions.

Infill regulation Due to pile height contraction caused by wear, all sand filled carpets need to have infill levels regulated, to ensure a 1-2mm 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 1– 2mm pile height clearance.

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CORRECT MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES Procedure

Time Scale

In House or Outsource

Wind blowing of surface to remove debris or litter.

Every 2 weeks

In House

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

Every 4 weeks

In House

Levelling of infill with rubber drag mat.

Every 4 weeks

In House

Inspection of seams and inlaid lines.

Every 4 weeks

In House

Chemical treatment of perimeter areas for moss and algae.

Bi annually

Professional Outsource

Remarking of temporary sports lines if lines are not inlaid.

Annually

Professional Outsource

Decompaction, aeration, infill cleaning to depths greater than 5mm.

Annually or Bi annually

Professional Outsource

Grading off infill to ensure 1mm – 2mm clearance levels.

Annually or Bi annually

Professional Outsource

(Spring and Autumn)

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Pitches Sand Dressed Correct maintenance procedures linked to de-compaction and deep carpet pile cleaning will eliminate drainage problems and, at the same time, maximize player enjoyment and player safety. Inappropriate maintenance procedures linked to the use of drag brushing and rotary brushing alone will lead to expensive infill revitilisation and rejuvenation costs within four to five years.

De-Compaction Clegg compression 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. All sand dressed carpets need to be de-compacted, aerated and cleaned to a depth greater than 5mm on an annual or bi-annual basis (linked to the intensity of use) to ensure good drainage. SMS equipment has been specifically designed by British and Dutch engineers to penetrate and aerate sand dressed carpets to a depth greater than 10mm in both damp and dry conditions.

Infill regulation Due to the density of pile within sand dressed surfaces infill regulation is not an issue. The exception to the above being hockey short corner and penalty spot areas where infill is brushed out.

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CORRECT MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES Procedure

Time Scale

In House or Outsource

Wind blowing of surface to remove debris or litter.

Every 2 weeks

In House

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

Every 4 weeks

In House

Levelling of infill with rubber drag mat.

Every 4 weeks

In House

Inspection of seams and inlaid lines.

Every 4 weeks

In House

Chemical treatment of perimeter areas for moss and algae.

Bi annually

Professional Outsource

Remarking of temporary sports lines if lines are not inlaid.

Annually

Professional Outsource

Decompaction, aeration, and pile infill cleaning to depths greater than 5mm

Annually or Bi annually

Professional Outsource

(Spring and Autumn)

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Pitches Rubber Filled/ 3G

Procedure

Time Scale

In House or Outsource

Correct maintenance procedures linked to de-compaction and regulation of infill will extend the life of rubber filled carpets by more than 30% and, at the same time, maximize player enjoyment and player safety.

Wind blowing of surface to remove debris or litter.

Every 2 weeks

In House

Inappropriate maintenance procedures linked to the use of drag brushing and rotary brushing alone will lead to expensive revitilisation and rejuvenation costs within four to five years.

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

Every 4 weeks

In House

Levelling of infill with rubber drag mat.

Every 4 weeks

In House

Decompaction, aeration of infill to a depth greater than 20mm.

Every 3 Months

Professional Outsource

Inspection of seams and inlaid lines.

Every 4 weeks

In House

Chemical treatment of perimeter areas for moss and algae.

Bi annually Professional (Spring and Autumn) Outsource

Remarking of temporary sports lines if lines are not inlaid.

Annually

Professional Outsource

Decompaction, aeration and infill cleaning to a depth of 30mm

Annually or Bi annually

Professional Outsource

Grading off infill to ensure 10mm clearance levels.

Annually or Bi annually

Professional Outsource

De-Compaction Clegg compression 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. All rubber filled carpets need to have infill de-compacted, aerated and cleaned to a maximum depth of 30mm on an annual or bi-annual basis (linked to the intensity of use). SMS equipment has been specifically designed by British and Dutch engineers to penetrate and aerate rubber filled carpets to a depth of 30mm in both damp and dry conditions.

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 10mm 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 10mm pile height clearance.

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Winterisation of pitches To ensure all weather surfaces give all year round performance, a winterisation programme should be followed. This will ensure the following: Facility closure time is avoided Booking cancellations are avoided Competitive advantage is achieved and new clients can be attracted Winter revenue streams are secured and maximized Our specialist snow ‘shunting’ equipment is fully height adjustable. It grades off snow cover on the playing surface, removing it to the perimeter of the pitch (within an area of 1 m to 1.5 m.) With regard to the shunting equipment, due to height adjustability it does not remove infill from the carpet pile. Also, the equipment avoids any stress on seams and in laid lines. The equipment will not cause any damage to the sub base. Once snow is removed we can apply PDV Sodium Chloride to the surface to ensure that it remains frost free. Normally 1 ½ to 2 tons of PDV is required for a fully size pitch.

Rejuvenation of pitches 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 revitilisation may be required. The signs are as follows: 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. 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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Pitches Water Based 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:

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.

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

Seam and inlaid line movement Surface reports are given on our annual or bi-annual visits and would highlight any seam or line movement which would be addressed through our seam repair service.

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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. 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. 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 improved track safety and surface performance characteristics. We offer on site demonstrations on request. In addition to our track maintenance programme we also offer a track refurbishment service encompassing line remarking, rubber repairs and retexturing of the track.

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Tennis Conversion from Hard to Synthetic

Accessories

You may wish to convert your existing hard court to a synthetic one. Providing your existing hard court is in reasonable condition, you can have a synthetic carpet of your choice professionally fitted.

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

Benefits of converting to synthetic

Quad Bikes We can supply Kawasaki 250cc Quad bikes which are ideal for towing our accessory drag mat and drag brush.

Product life in excess of 12 years. Product guarantees of 7 years. Installation guarantees of 7 years (linked to professional maintenance). Speedy installation over existing hard tennis court surface (providing it is in reasonable condition). Versatile multi-play areas can be added - ie. cricket wicket and five a side areas. Product colour stability over the life of the surface. No more re-surfacing bills linked to hard courts. No more colour spraying/line marking costs. A synthetic suface is more amenable in terms of safety and play qualities. A synthetic surface is much kinder on your joints!

Chemical Cleaning Agents We recommend the following cleaning agents. Used regularly they will alleviate moss/algae infill contamination. s $I !LGAE  LITRES CONTAINER s 1UALGEX  LITRES CONTAINER s -OSSGUARD  LITRES CONTAINER 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. Fencing Bespoke fencing and straining cables. Grooming Rubber Drag Mat Equalises infill levels over slightly uneven playing surfaces and should be used in conjunction with heavy duty drag brush. Sports Infill Rubber infill and sand infill can be supplied per ton bagged or loose. Please contact for full specification. Glue and Tape For DIY repairs to seams and inlaid lines. Supplied in 5 litre / 10 litre containers with a binder component. Paint Textured paint for hard surfaces

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Accessories We also offer a comprehensive range of standard pitch accessories and equipment: s &OOTBALL  (OCKEY GOALS s Post security attachments s Football netting s Corner Flags

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Links and Resources SAPCA - The Sports and Play Construction Association, SAPCA is the UK trade association for the sports facility construction industry. www.sapca.org.uk IOG - Institute of Groundsmanship. Membership organisation that represents groundsmen, greenkeepers and all others involved in landscaping, horticulture, sports turf, and amenity turf. www.iog.org Constructionline - Government’s national register of pre-qualified construction and construction related suppliers. www.constructionline.co.uk Bryn Lee Consulting - Specialist advice to clubs, governing bodies and trade associations. A “Turf Guru” service to new and existing synthetic pitch owners. www.blc-sports.com Easigrass Sports - Installer and supplier of synthetic sports surfaces. www.easigrass-sport.com Rhino Grass Turf - Supplier of synthetic sports surfaces. www.rhino-turf.com Sports Surface Solutions - Installation specialist. nick@sssuk.co.uk Sports know how - online resource giving pitch/court dimensions and diagrams. www.sportsknowhow.com J&E Sports - European market leader when it comes to installing artificial grass pitches and surfacing. Over 20 years experience in the Netherlands and abroad. www.jenesports.com United Kingdom Athletics - Online information regarding health and safety, training and track certification. See ‘Facilities’ at www.uka.org.uk World of Hockey - Guide to Installing Hockey Pitches and Facilities, Synthetic Pitch Requirements, Pitch Maintenance Guide, Lighting Guide, Goal Specifications and Guide to Indoor Facilities. www.worldhockey.org G&H Lillico - 30 years experience in surface construction of sports facilities. Contact. george.lillico@hotmail.com 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.uk

SMS Ltd (South) - Tel: 0208 788 0123 SMS Ltd (North) - Tel: 0114 266 2836 www.sportsmaintenance.com Email info@sportsmaintenance.com

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Sports Maintenance Brochure 2011