Providing the right sports and recreation facilities at schools requires a lot of space and can be a steep expense for many.
But it’s so important for kids to engage in physical activity, and we know that more choices result in higher engagement when it comes to sports.
Sports have always been an important part of the school curriculum, particularly in New Zealand and Australia. Aside from the obvious health benefits, physical activities and challenges help kids’ development, and can even support their academic progress.
Synthetic turf enables schools to offer a greater range of sports games, so their students have a greater choice.
TigerTurf artificial grass sports and landscape turfs have been adding value to primary and secondary schools around the country for over thirty years. Schools are seeing the benefits of synthetic turf for a range of applications, keeping costs and maintenance to a minimum while maximising the use of precious (and often limited) space.
Multi-sport courts expand the usability of sports facilities and increase the number of students playing sports on one sports turf.
The versatility of top-quality multi-sport surfaces benefits schools in several ways:
A natural grass field can cause headaches for schools, drying out to hard, dusty, and often slippery summer surfaces, and becoming muddy mires in the winter months just when they are in demand.
Constant maintenance is required to keep these fields playable and safe: mowing, rolling, spraying, irrigating, drainage, and re-applying marking paint.
It’s no surprise, then, that international football and hockey are now often played on artificial grass turfs, and practice facilities use synthetic grass for consistent playing conditions that are not dependent upon the weather.
Field sports turfs closely resemble natural grass pitches, but offer more benefits for schools:
Hockey is tremendously popular in schools and the community. Investing in an all-weather top-quality hockey pitch adds lasting value to your school.
Years of research and consultation resulted in the development of TigerTurf WETT Pro and Evo Pro, both world-class hockey surfaces recognised by the international hockey community for their star qualities. Both can be used wet or dry.
TigerTurf’s Trophy is another excellent hockey surface, which is also accredited for tennis. All are extremely durable, high-performance multi-sport synthetic turfs, accredited by ITF and FIH.
Some tangible benefits of field and court turf for your school include:
Cricket wickets were one of the first turfs TigerTurf developed when we started business in 1981.
For over 40 years, TigerTurf has specialised in synthetic turf cricket wickets, responding to changes within the game, and in consultation with the cricket community. We produce synthetic cricket surfaces for every level of play, from junior schools to international levels.
Projects include cricket wickets, batting cages, bowlers’ run-ups, outfields, indoor cricket facilities with practice nets, and cricket winter covers.
For schools fielding teams at a national standard, indoor cricket training wickets allow early morning and evening coaching sessions undercover all year round.
Indoor cricket training wickets can also be designed to accommodate coaching sessions for netball, volleyball, tennis, and football.
The same field can also accommodate athletics with sprint tracks, long jumps, and permanently marked-up running tracks around the perimeter.
These graphics and activities are designed by the school and TigerTurf to provide learning opportunities, aid in the development of physical skills, and encourage interactive play amongst groups of students.
With minimal care, our colourful playgrounds remain bright and cheerful for years of daily use, safe for children in sunshine or rain, and irresistible for even the shyest students.
TigerTurf playground surfaces can be laid underneath playground equipment with special cushioning pads beneath the surface. These have been tested against “Critical Fall Height” regulations to provide “soft fall” for up to 3 metres.
Our playground surfaces exceed government safety standards, and we take particular care with the safety of all playgrounds we install in schools and playgrounds.
TigerTurf landscaped lawns are the answer to many school ground woes.
Deceptively hardy, TigerTurf landscape lawns make once dull, scuffed shabby areas functional and beautiful. Envy XWR 35 is an attractive yet durable landscape grass that TigerTurf has developed for just this purpose. Students and staff find our landscape settings relaxing and refreshing for tired minds.
TigerTurf synthetic lawns offer many benefits that overcome the problems related to natural grass in busy school grounds such as worn, muddy areas, debris carried indoors, or lack of outdoor chill-out zones for students. Our landscape grasses can replace hard surfaces with lush green lawns inviting students to relax with a book, chat with friends or perhaps finish homework.
A TigerTurf synthetic lawn is also a practical area for classroom group work, creating a gentle ambience conducive to peaceful discussion.
TigerTurf’s landscape lawns are perfect alongside fields and pools, and along banks for comfortable, informal seating for spectators and alfresco theatre practices and productions, while harmonising with the natural landscape.
Did you know that you can customise your turf in just about any way you like?
Increasingly, we’re seeing schools embrace the option of adding their school logo and motto to their synthetic turf playgrounds and sports fields.
It’s popular for a reason: these areas usually occupy a rather visible space on the school grounds, so customising them yields a number of benefits:
Ask TigerTurf to advise you on the right synthetic sports system for your school. Our long-lasting synthetic turfs have been designed for playing performance at the top level of every sport.
Some of our products are specialised for particular sports, others have been manufactured with the qualities required for several sports, designed for schools, family courts, and community sports clubs.