CLS sports offer professional construction & installation, refurbishment or re-lay, in conjunction with maintenance of a wide variety of artificial grass surfaces.
Synthetic or Artificial Grass was initially developed by the Monsanto Company in 1966. The first product launched was a short pile monofilament carpet. It was designed to be used for sports play in adverse weather conditions.
The technology and manufacture of Synthetic grass surfaces have totally transformed since 1966. So much to say that there are a variety of sports preferring to invest and install synthetic systems instead of natural grass systems.
Synthetic grass sports surfaces are now widely in use for:
- Football 11, 7 or 5
- Rugby league and Rugby Union
- Multi Use Games Areas / MUGA
There is no 'ONE' carpet or surface that allows all of these sports to be played. CLS sports are here to advise you on the system that is correct for you. Each synthetic grass sports surface has its own specific design criteria and construction system, cost and ultimately playing characteristics. Selecting the main (primary) sport to be played on a new sports surface is often the key consideration when making a choice.
There are three main synthetic grass systems these are:
3G sand/rubber filled
3G carpets have the tallest pile. The pile height ranges from 40mm to 65mm depending on which primary sport is to be played on the surface. There are many different types of 3G artificial grass from monofilament fibres to fibrillated fibres. The yarns vary from polypropylene to polyethylene. A 3G surface is perfect for football & rugby.
The 3G synthetic system is laid over various bases. The top-specification being the 'Engineered System'. This consists of a stone base overlaid with a porous tarmac layer and with the optional shockpad.
The cost effective specification is the 'Dynamic System'. This is where the carpet is laid directly onto a stone base. However there is still the option of adding a shockpad between the stone and the carpet. If you are looking to install a 3G hockey carpet it must be installed over a shockpad.
Sand filled synthetic surfaces are a great all round durable playing surface, however these are not typically installed in high level or performance facilities. The properties of this type of installation make it an ideal choice to accommodate a wide range of sports and it is well suited to tennis court construction and hockey. In this installation a fine silica sand fills the whole open structure of the carpet.
These are shorter in pile than sand filled with a much denser pile. Rather than filling the carpet voids with sand in this installation the fine silica sand remains in the bottom of the carpet leaving 5-8mm of the fibres exposed at the surface.
As the fibres are more exposed than in sand filled the colour of the carpet stands out rather than the sand, a green pitch remains green. The playing performance of this surface is also faster than sand filled making it even better for Hockey than a sand filled carpet.
CLS sports can design surfaces to meet the specifications and criteria set at both amateur and professional standard of play. Many of the surfaces CLS sports install are certified after construction by FA, FIFA 1*, FIFA2*, RFU or IRB, FIH and the LTA/ITF.
Non Grass Synthetic surfaces
CLS sports construct all facilities using fully automated laser controlled equipment. This ensures that all phases of construction from drainage through to the final surface are constructed accurately to meet or exceed the design parameters. CLS sports are the only contractor using the Laser-Grader (http://www.laser-grader.co.uk/). In all instances, and whatever the surface CLS Sports will endeavour to meet clients expectations in delivering a quality controlled facility.
Polymeric surfacing is arguably the most suitable surface to choose for a multi-use games area (MUGA). A polymeric surface has great slip resistance and also meets a wide variety of sports playing characteristics. There are five types of MUGA however the two main types of MUGA playing surface Type 3 and Type 4. Additionally polymeric surfaces are widely used for athletic tracks, tennis, basketball and netball
Type 3 MUGA for Netball - Athletic Tracks - Long Jump run ups
Type 3 MUGA surface is a polymeric surfacing that consists of a 9mm depth SBR (Styrene Butadiene Rubber) base course shockpad which then has a 3mm spray applied EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer, a type of rubber) wearing course with binder and anti-slip properties to meet the slip resistance of TRRL 75 which is primarily used for netball. The type 3 MUGA surface specifications is also commonly used for athletics tracks, long jump run ups and triple jumps because the EPDM spray coat anti slip properties meet Sport England standards.
Type 4 MUGA for Football - Basketball & General MUGAS
Type 4 MUGA surface is a polymeric surfacing that consists of a 12-15mm depth EPDM wearing course (1-4mm EPDM rubber granule), mixed with a polyurethane resin binder. The primary sports for this type of MUGA are football & basketball. The single spray coat finish on this polymeric surface is generally used on most multi use games areas and also commonly used for golf pathways.
Polymeric Sports Surfacing on Multi use games areas are generally colour coated with a moisture cured polyurethane anti slip paint. This paint is available in a wide selection of colours; however the standard colours are red, blue and green.
The line marking paint comes in a wide selection of colours to enable a variety of sports to be marked out on one MUGA.
Synthetic sport surfaces are now creating valuable revenue streams for clubs at all levels; including non-league, youth teams, local authorities. This is due to the fact that they can be used all day everyday, if correctly specified and maintained, without deterioration in playing performance.
There are many aspects that need to be considered and CLS sports are here to guide you to a surface that is correct for you.
Questions that must be considered are:
- What sports are you looking to accommodate?
- What is your priority sport or sports?
- What level are you looking to play those sports at?
- Who is going to be the end user?
- What budget constraints are in place?
- What budget is available for on-going maintenance and future replacement?
Preferred MUGA Design Use
|Sports Surface/MUGA Type||5-a-side Football||Tennis||Mini Tennis||Netball||Basketball||Hockey||Rugby Training||Athletics Training||Football Training|
|Macadam (Type 1)||4||1||1||2||1||4||4||4||4|
|Macadam (Type 2)||4||2||2||1||2||4||4||4||4|
|Polymeric (Type 3)||3||2||2||1||2||3||4||3||3|
|Polymeric (Type 4)||2||3||3||3||2||3||3||1||2|
|Sand filled synthetic turf (Type 5a)||1||4||4||4||4||1||2||3 (Excluding Spikes)||1|
|Sand filled synthetic turf (Type 5b)||2||3||3||4||3||1||3||3 (Excluding Spikes)||2|
|Needle-punch synthetic turf (Type 5c)||2||3||3||4||3||2||3||3 (Excluding Spikes)||2|
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The construction of the playing surface is not where CLS sports starts and finishes. We have a long history in civil engineering and soft landscaping. We can offer a complete package from brown field to playing field with all the ancillary items such as:
- Access roads and footpaths
- Car parks
- Planting schemes
- Natural turf perimeters
- Storage buildings and seating