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Uckfield Community Technology College

Uckfield, East Sussex

Leading synthetic turf manufacturer, TigerTurf UK Ltd has completed the successful production of a brand new, bespoke sports pitch at East Sussex based Uckfield Community Technology College constructed and designed by McArdle Sport Tec Ltd. The College looked to improve its sporting facilities to further solidify its position as a focus of community sport.

In addition, local Football Clubs, the Uckfield Grasshoppers ’81 Junior Football Club and Uckfield Town FC, required a reliable surface to fulfil weekly training schedules and competitive league fixtures. The centre’s strong community focus also dictated the need for the pitch to be multi-functional for a variety of different sports, including rugby, which requires a strict Critical Fall Height & Head Injury Criteria to be complied with. 

Following a competitive tender process, TigerTurf were chosen to install Total Turf 60 XQ onto a 20mm in-situ rubber shock pad. The project received funding from two of the UK’s largest sports charities, the Football Foundation (FF) and the Rugby Football Union (RFU), who worked alongside All Weather Pitch for Uckfield (AWP4U) working group. In partnership with Sussex County FA the group secured a £203,646 grant from the FF and RFU, which helped fund the installation of the new sports surface, as well as an access ramp, floodlights, twin bar and super-rebound fence, and macadam spectator area.

Hugh Hennebry, Principal of Uckfield Community Technology College, said: “Without the valuable financial and technical support from the Football Foundation, this world class facility for the local community would not have been achieved.”

Gordon Buckland, from Uckfield Grasshoppers ’81 Junior Football Club also commented: “This will enable wider community involvement in football and also be a fantastic facility to nurture future talent.”

Paul Langford, Managing Director at TigerTurf UK added: “We endeavour to produce whole system solutions that will perform to the highest standards for years to come. It’s great to see such investments in community facilities, and in a surface that is suitable for numerous sports which maximises the number of local people who can stay active in a safe environment.”

Date Project Completed: November 2013

Area: £210,000

Surface: Total Turf 60XQ

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