Dugg from The First 90 Minutes.com Category: 3G Footbal Pitch /component/option,com_tpdugg/id,9/task,category/ Sat, 26 Oct 2013 00:26:04 +0100 FeedCreator 1.7.2 How artificial turf could change the future of soccer in North America /component/option,com_tpdugg/id,41/task,detail/ THE WORD is MLSsoccer.com's weekly long-form series. This week, writer Charles Boehm examines the role of artificial turf in the future of soccer in North America, and whether or not the surface's critics will one day waver on one of the sport's most controversial topics. Fri, 03 May 2013 10:22:07 +0100 Wedmore Playing Fields gets £100,000 boost from Football Foundation /component/option,com_tpdugg/id,40/task,detail/ Wedmore Playing Fields has had a £100,000 boost towards its bid to double in size. The six-figure sum comes from the UK’s largest sports charity, the Football Foundation. Project manager for the sports development, Pete Brown of Wedmore-based architects Benjamin & Beauchamp, said: “We are delighted to have this generous grant from the Football Foundation which will enable work to begin on this long-awaited development. “We very much hope that more financial support will follow when the local community sees work starting on the development.” The huge leap forward means the playing fields management committee can tell contractors to start work this month on... Fri, 03 May 2013 10:16:03 +0100 Hampton School’s 3G Sports Ground sets the new standard /component/option,com_tpdugg/id,37/task,detail/ When S&C Slatter handed over the keys of the recently completed 3G Turf facility to Hampton School, there was a collective sense that something special had been achieved in delivering this project. The high quality of the facility is clear for all to see; the exceptional testing results prove FIFA 2-star and iRB regulation 22 performance standards are comfortably achieved across the facility; the overall aesthetic is pleasing on the eye and the new facility provides an exceptional sports and recreation asset for Hampton School. What sets this new facility apart from other sports ground development projects is found in the... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 07:47:39 +0100 Lottery Award given for new 3G pitch /component/option,com_tpdugg/id,34/task,detail/ The University of St Mark & St John has recently been given a conditional National lottery award of £240,000 towards the creation of a new floodlit 3G rugby and football compliant synthetic grass pitch. The facility will be built adjacent to the new Marjon multi-purpose sports centre and will provide a valuable resource for sports clubs throughout the city to play football, rugby and will assist with the growth of other sports such as Lacrosse in the city. The building of this facility is also another important development for the University in becoming an outstanding indoor and outdoor sporting hub... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 08:08:44 +0100 UEFA boss Michel Platini opens £5m football centre in Spytty /component/option,com_tpdugg/id,33/task,detail/ IT was described as an "historic" day for Welsh football, with Newport officially becoming the cradle in which our future sporting talent is nurtured on Saturday. The importance of the new £5 million Dragon Park, Spytty, was summed up by the presence of some true heavyweights of the game- UEFA chief and former French superstar Michel Platini, our own Ian Rush, Neville Southall and Chris Coleman, the current Wales manager. Mr Platini described the facility- which is designed to nurture the future Gareth Bales and Aaron Ramseys- as "beautiful" when he officially opened it. He joked: "I played once against Wales and lost",... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 08:11:07 +0100 Football development centre unveiled /component/option,com_tpdugg/id,32/task,detail/ UEFA football chief Michel Platini is in Wales today to officially open the new Wales national football development centre. Dragon Park, in Newport international Sports Village, boasts two premium grade grass pitches and one third generation (3G) artificial pitch and a state-of-the-art headquarters building with changing rooms, training recovery zone and an administrative base for the Welsh Football Trust. The first phase of Dragon Park, which has cost almost £5million, has been funded with investment including £2million from UEFA, £750,000 each from both the Football Association of Wales and Sport Wales, and around £400,000 through FIFA programmes. The centre aims to improve the... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 08:20:53 +0100 Football: Grant award to pitch in for association /component/option,com_tpdugg/id,31/task,detail/ WOOTTON Bassett Town Sports Association are celebrating a major boost to the £6 million development of their new home after they were handed £300,000 of funding from Sport England. The sports association, which is made up of the town’s football, cricket, tennis and road running clubs, are relocating from their current site at Rylands Way to a new base on Malmesbury Road, which is set to include four grass pitches, eight tennis courts and two cricket squares. The £300,000 windfall will go towards adding a new full-size artificial pitch that will be used by a host of different clubs year-round. “The site... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 08:17:19 +0100 Couch potatoes challenged to use new Uckfield pitch /component/option,com_tpdugg/id,30/task,detail/ Rapid progress on a new state-of-the-art sports facility means Uckfield people have no excuses to be couch potatoes this summer. The town’s new all-weather sports pitch is nearing completion. All Weather Pitch for You (AWP4U) co-ordinator Jeremy Hallett now wants to encourage people to sign up to use the pitch. He said: “We are now planning for its opening and actual use rather than its construction. If anyone would like to get their name down for kicking a ball around who perhaps gave up a few, or many, years ago I will be very pleased to hear from them. “Part of the challenge... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 08:01:08 +0100 Building work starts on long-awaited Wotton-under-Edge community sport facility by WCSF /component/option,com_tpdugg/id,29/task,detail/ DEVELOPMENT work to build community sports facilities in Wotton-under-Edge has at long last begun. Recent support from Renishaw founder Sir David McMurtry has enabled the Wotton Community Sports Foundation (WCSF) to begin the transformation of their New Road site into a thriving recreation area. The group was set up in 1998 to establish outdoor sports facilities in the town and has been carrying out landscaping work on the site over the past year in preparation for the addition of two sports pitches. WCSF signed the contract with local construction firm Swinhay Ltd on Friday, April 12 and machinery started heading onto the site... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 17:49:56 +0100 New pitch opened at Meadowbank /component/option,com_tpdugg/id,27/task,detail/ A new pitch was formally opened at Meadowbank Sports Centre yesterday, with the local MSP, Kenny MacAskill and Councillor Richard Lewis, Culture Convenor on hand for a bit of football practice with some young Leith Athletic players. The pitch was paid for by £300,000 from the Scottish Government Cashback for Communities programme and the balance by The City of Edinburgh Council. Cashback for Communities uses monies recovered from proceeds of crime in local communities. Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to open the new state of the art facilities here at Meadowbank. It’s fantastic to see... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 14:31:08 +0100