S&C Slatter pitch home to future NFL stars

15th Jan 2021

When you think of 3G pitches, you might think first of football or rugby, where 3G pitches are commonly utilised at the very highest levels of each game, for training and match play.

3G artificial turf technology provides for more than just these two sports alone however, including those less commonly played in the UK, such as American Football.

3G Pitches for American Football

We were thrilled to see a recent report on BBC Sport showcasing a rising star in American Football, Freddie Pelling, training with the NFL Academy in London on a 3G Pitch constructed by S&C Slatter.

The 3G Pitch was delivered for Haringey Borough Council and is situated at the New River Sport & Fitness Centre on White Hart Lane. While the pitch is available for rugby and football hire, it’s great to see the NFL Academy utilising the pitch to train Britain’s rising stars in the world of American Football.

The video report, filmed on the 3G pitch constructed by S&C Slatter, can be viewed here. The report features former American Football greats Jason Bell and Osi Umenyiora and highlights the NFLs Academy’s use of the pitch for its elite training programme. Congratulations to Freddie, who has received two offers to play college football at Division 1 level – from The University of Akron and none other than Ivy League college, Brown University!


What sports can be played on a 3G Pitch?

3G artificial grass pitches are most commonly constructed for football or rugby and must meet specific performance and safety standards for FIFA or World Rugby certification.

3G pitches for football can be used for match play up to Tier 5 in England (National League) and all levels of Welsh and Scottish Football – though the majority of England’s Premiership teams also use 3G pitches for training, such as Everton FC.

3G pitches for rugby are allowed for both match play and training at all levels of the RFU and RFL.

While commonly constructed for these two sports, 3G pitches are versatile and can also be used for sports such as lacrosse, American football and Gaelic athletics.

We’re proud to support the growth of American football players in the UK, not only through the pitch used by the NFL Academy. Other 3G pitches for American football we’ve constructed include those at Coventry Rugby Club, The University of Kent and Royal Holloway University.

3G Pitch Design & Construction Specialists

If you’re looking to construct a 3G pitch and would like advice on which artificial turf system would be best for your chosen sport(s) get in touch with our experts.

Call 01635 34521 or email info@sandcslatter.com