Ranked 79th in the world in the QS World University Rankings, the University of Birmingham is a highly regarded academic institute based in the UK’s second city. As well as being 79th in the world, the University of Birmingham is ranked 6th in the world for sports-related disciplines. So it will come as no surprise that the University’s hockey club is the most successful in the country.
Comprising of six women’s teams and six men’s teams, all of which compete in England Hockey’s National, Regional and County leagues and in the British University and Colleges Sport leagues.
In 2018 the University began a vast redevelopment project alongside RLF as part of the Football Foundation’s Framework. Along with our construction partners, McArdle Sport Tec, TigerTurf supplied two state of the art WETT Pro fields as well as a Rugby 360 3G pitch.
The 3-million-pound project was completed just three years ago, and as a result, the facilities have been selected to host the hockey fixtures for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. This incredible opportunity meant further developments for the Bournbrook site to ensure they were ready to meet the requirements for the games.
Although the WETT Pro fields are still in great condition, slight adaptations were required, like extending the run-off areas and changing them from red to blue to meet FIH Category 2 requirements. The University of Birmingham Hockey Club will still use the pitches for the 2021/2022 season before the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee takes over in 2022. Before then, further development of the site will take place, including building an athlete welfare area, new fencing, spectator stands, and team shelters.
WETT Pro is an elite water-based hockey system manufactured by TigerTurf in Kidderminster, just 15 miles from the University. WETT Pro offers unparalleled performance, durability, and economy with a twelve-year warranty – a longer life expectancy than other similar carpets on the market.
TigerTurf is incredibly excited not only to be working with the University of Birmingham for the second time but to have a feature within the iconic Commonwealth Games is an honour and something we are thrilled to be a part of.
Paul Langford, Managing Director at TigerTurf UK, commented: ‘To say we are delighted about being part of the Commonwealth Games is an understatement. We are a local business based close to the University of Birmingham. To have the opportunity to be involved with such a well-known institution and the Games is an honour. It also shows that you cannot beat British made, quality products, with the University choosing TigerTurf WETT Pro.’