18th Nov 2020
S&C Slatter are delighted that the 3G Artificial Turf Pitch we constructed at Cranford College has retained its World Rugby Regulation 22 Certification, five years after the project was completed.
Working exclusively with World Rugby and FIFA Preferred Turf Producer FieldTurf in England and Wales, we construct 3G artificial turf pitches for schools, universities and leisure centres, as well as local, professional and elite sports clubs.
S&C Slatter were contracted to build a brand new, full sized, 3G Pitch at Cranford Community College in 2015, in partnership with Queen’s Park Rangers football club. The pitch was completed with a new airdrome, dubbed the ‘Cranford SuperDome’, making it the largest indoor sports space in Hounslow.
Built to the high specification required for both football and rugby (FIFA Quality and World Rugby respectively), the pitch is used by QPR’s academy to develop the team’s young footballers, with Cranford College utilising the pitch for both their football and rugby teams.
It’s not just QPR and Cranford College who benefit from the pitch, with local teams and the community able to hire the pitch out, accessing first-class facilities while generating additional revenue for the school.
Once construction was completed, the pitch was assessed and certified as per the college’s requirement to both FIFA Quality performance standard for football and World Rugby Regulation 22 standard for rugby. Since then, the pitch has been successfully re-certified at each assessment, passing the latest test on 19th October 2020, five years on from completion.
The pitch has officially been re-certified as World Rugby Regulation 22 Compliant until 2022, meaning the pitch will have consistently delivered to World Rugby’s high performance and safety standards for a minimum of seven years by the next test date!
World Rugby Regulation 22 is the regulatory framework for artificial surfaces used for rugby. The framework regulates and standardises development, performance and maintenance of artificial turf to ensure the highest possible player welfare and performance standards.
As well as being a FIFA and International Hockey Federation (FIH) Preferred Turf Producer, FieldTurf is one of a small number of World Rugby Preferred Turf Producers, selected by World Rugby to ensure that installed pitches are safe to play on and are developing in line with the needs of Rugby.
Working with a World Rugby Preferred Producer and their construction partners will give you peace of mind that your rugby pitch will deliver to the high standards expected by World Rugby across performance, safety, longevity, and durability.
Choosing to work without a World Rugby Preferred Producer will give you no such guarantee. Delivering 3G artificial turf pitches to World Rugby or FIFA Quality standards requires expertise and experience across both pitch construction and turf manufacture.
There are many risks involved with inexperienced contractors, such as the use of unsuitable materials in base and sub-base construction, poorly executed groundworks or incorrect installation of the shock pad or artificial turf itself. Poorly designed and constructed pitches can lead to compromised safety and surface levels, or issues with drainage.
Constructing a pitch using artificial turf manufactured by a non-World Rugby Preferred Producer may prevent you from being able to achieve World Rugby Regulation 22 certification and could result in a surface that is not fit for use, or even dangerous, leading to a costly replacement.
View a selection of our rugby pitch construction case studies or contact us to discuss your pitch.
We’re thrilled to see that the pitch constructed for QPR and Cranford College is continuing to deliver to the same high standards it was built to, and look forward to the pitch delivering for academy players and pupils for years to come.
Guarantee your peace of mind by working with a team that has delivered hundreds of 3G artificial turf pitches.
S&C Slatter and World Rugby Preferred Producers FieldTurf have partnered to deliver World Rugby certified pitches across the country, including Coventry Rugby Club, Cobham RFC, and Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate.
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