7th Year of FIH National Certification at Royal Holloway

9th Apr 2021

S&C Slatter are thrilled to share that Royal Holloway University’s sand-dressed hockey pitch has once again retained its FIH National Field Certification, seven years after construction, under the International Hockey Federation (FIH) Quality Programme.

The sand-dressed hockey pitch was delivered as part of a wider sports hub constructed by S&C Slatter for the university in 2014, featuring facilities for hockey, football, rugby, lacrosse, tennis, netball, cricket and more!

FIH(igh) Quality Hockey

Royal Holloway’s hockey club boasts over 150 members and is the largest sports club on the university’s campus. With this in mind, the university required a pitch that would deliver high performance standards consistently without impacting its lifespan – all while withstanding the high levels of usage by the university’s six dedicated hockey teams.

The sand-dressed pitch was constructed to FIH National standard in 2014, certified for National, Regional and Club level hockey. Seven years after construction we’re thrilled (but unsurprised!) that the pitch, which is also maintained by our expert Maintenance Division, continues to deliver to the high performance standard it was built to.

The pitch was re-tested by an independent third party in March and successfully retains its FIH National Certification which will now remain in place until 2023.

As the world’s first FIH Certified Field Builder, S&C Slatter are proud supporters of the FIH Quality Programme for Hockey Turf and are well versed in designing and constructing hockey pitches to the high standards by the FIH, from Multi-sport to Global Certification. Working only with the best sports surface producers, our exclusive artificial turf partners FieldTurf are FIH Preferred Suppliers.


Alastair Cox, Facilities and Quality Programme Manager, International Hockey Federation (FIH), commented:

This pitch’s ability to retain FIH Certification over a prolonged period shows the benefits of selecting a high quality FIH approved hockey turf and appointing an FIH Certified Field Builder to construct the pitch.  Quality always matters, that is why the FIH applaud best practice, as so clearly demonstrated at this site.”


Building a home for sport at Royal Holloway

The university’s hockey pitch was delivered as part of a major sports centre redevelopment on the university’s main campus in 2014, where S&C Slatter constructed:

  • A new 3G pitch for rugby, football and American football, to FIFA Quality and World Rugby Regulation 22 performance standards
  • A new sand-dressed hockey pitch for hockey and lacrosse, to FIH National performance standard
  • 3x netball and 4x tennis courts
  • Multi-use games area (MUGA) for small sided basketball and football as well as fitness activities, complete with a running track for training around the perimeter
  • Natural turf cricket square
  • Car park construction, fencing and floodlighting

It’s been a joy to see the impact of the facility at the university over the years and we’re delighted to continue our partnership, maintaining these first-class facilities to ensure students enjoy many more years of top performance!

Winning Partnership for Hockey

S&C Slatter and FieldTurf have delivered more hockey pitches to FIH Global Certification in the UK than any other contractor.

We’re committed to providing first-class pitches for top performance, maximum use and longevity.

With in-house expertise across design, planning, construction and maintenance, get in touch now to discuss your hockey needs.

Call 01635 34521 or email info@sandcslatter.com