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3G 5-a-Side Football Pitch Installation

17 February 2015

As a company Soft Surfaces have installed a number of 5-a-side sports pitches across the UK to various schools and sports club facilities. One of their latest projects was a 5-a-side football pitch construction with 3G artificial turf for a primary school in London.

The school chose to have a synthetic grass pitch installed as the 3G specification is much easier to look after than natural grass and can be used throughout the whole year, even in wet weather.

This particular school had an existing natural grass area which wasn’t suitable for use as an all weather sports pitch so they decided to resurface it in 3G artificial turf. The first part of the football pitch installation was to excavate the natural grass surface and prepare the ground for the new pitch to be put down.  Soft Surfaces’ installers ripped up the old grass, leaving a smooth layer of soil beneath which could then be used for the rest of the 5-a-side football pitch construction.

When the ground had been excavated to the right depth, the next part of the process was to install a soakaway system which aids in drainage, and then a sports sub base. For this type of project, contractors typically use a dynamic stone sub base which is porous and gives the rest of the pitch a solid and even foundation. The stones are compacted down to make sure that they are locked together and the sub base is completely smooth. After the dynamic sub base had been compacted, a layer of macadam was be applied to give the pitch a durable and long lasting base layer and to create a smooth foundation for the 3G grass carpet to be laid onto.

Once the groundworks had been fully prepared and the sub base had been put down, the next stage of this 5-a-side football pitch construction project was the 3G turf installation. This synthetic grass surface type is popular for football pitches because it’s designed specifically to replicate the performance of natural grass. 3G pitches have a sand and rubber infill layer installed between the synthetic fibres to improve comfort and enhance the playability.

The 3G turf carpet was installed in separate rolls which were then glued together at the edges and the seams to secure them in place. Inlaid line markings were then applied in white, along with the sand and rubber infill which was spread evenly throughout the synthetic fibres.

After the 5-a-side football pitch construction was complete, the primary school had a top quality sports surface which can now be used for training and football matches. The 3G artificial turf will be a long lasting all weather surface which will be able to withstand a lot of heavy use all year round.

Please take a look at the Soft Surfaces website on if you’d like more information about 3G sports pitches and any of the other products and services they provide for sports surfaces and playground facilities.

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