It has been a busy start to 2014 for playing surface specialist total-play, who have been working on projects at clubs spread around the country.
The ECB approved tp365 system is the company's flagship non-turf cricket playing surface, is being used in the majority of projects from constructing nets facilities, synthetic match pitches or a cricket-based multi-use games area (MUGA).
The unique attributes of the tp365 - alongside total-play's status as an ECB Code of Practice installer for non-turf pitches - are the reason why it is the system chosen by clients ranging from grass roots and first-class clubs to leading independent schools.
Business Development Manager James Coney explains the broad appeal of the system.
"tp365 was one of the first non-turf cricket surfaces to be awarded ECB approval; and 6 years down the line it is still a leader in its field," he said.
"One of the key reasons behind this, we believe, is performance – the system was developed by cricketers, for cricketers.
"It is designed offer the perfect balance between bat and ball; offering batsmen the ability to play on the up, off the front foot and with confidence to play off the back foot whilst also encouraging spin, which is essential for slow bowlers, both young and old.
"Above all, it offers a safe and consistent pitch with the correct pace and bounce to promote every aspect of the modern game."
Furthermore, the company can provide a complete 'turnkey' service, from design to practical completion without needing to employ sub-contractors.
"While each and every tp365 surface we install is constructed to meet the ECB’s exacting standards, every single job is unique in that we work with clients to provide a solution to their specific needs – bespoke elements from coaching lines to batting curtains, our HD Protection Tunnel Netting system and even metalwork and netting in specific colours can be accommodated," Coney added.
"We can also help guide clubs through the often daunting process of securing funding from the various available ‘pots’."
Total-play's team installed tp365 in more than 100 practice facility lanes during 2013, and that doesn't include cricket-based MUGA and match pitch installations.
Frimley CC, Beddington CC, Wilsons School, Burbage & Royal Easton CC, Ardingly College, Great Bedwyn CC, Orwell Park School, Cambourne School, Clifton College, Great Brickhill CC, Cleeve CC, Bishop Vessey School, Marsden CC, Haslington CC, Cottingham CC and Kingswood School have recently benefited from total-play's expertise.
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