Sports surface specialist total-play Ltd, which carries ECB (England & Wales Cricket Board) Code of Practice status for the design and installation of non-turf cricket facilities, is starting 2013 in fine style - with a host of exciting projects on the horizon. Over the next couple of months the company’s installation team will be putting the miles in as it travels the length of the country installing new non-turf cricket facilities at schools and clubs as far afield as the South West and North East.
All of the projects, while having bespoke elements, will be based on a surface constructed to total-play’s flagship tp365 non-turf pitch design; which carries ECB approval for both match and practice play. They include a new 5 lane, 33m system at the renowned Wilson’s School in Surrey; a 4 lane, 33m facility at Bishop Vasey School in Birmingham; a 2 lane, 33m practice net at Marsden Cricket Club in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and a new 2 lane practice facility plus refurbishment of an existing non-turf match pitch at Bristol’s Cleeve Cricket Club.
Business Development Manager at total-play, James Coney, says: "2012 was a fantastic year, with some very good natural and non-turf pitch design and construction projects completed. Things look set to be even busier in 2013 – we’ve had some excellent enquiries in and it’s great to have so many nice projects to get our teeth into so early in the year.
"The fact that so many clubs and schools are choosing tp365 for their practice facilities is testament to its reputation – we’ve worked hard to develop a non-turf playing surface offers cricketers the perfect balance between bat and ball. Its design enables a batsman to practise the correct techniques; giving them the ability to play on the up, off the front foot and the confidence to play off the back foot. The surface also encourages spin - which is essential for slow bowlers, both young and old. In short, it offers a safe and consistent pitch with the correct pace and bounce to promote every aspect of the modern game."
These attributes also make tp365 a suitable playing surface for a host of other sports, and total-play’s cricket-based Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) is proving increasingly popular with schools and cricket clubs that share facilities with other sports teams, thanks to its versatility.
In addition to the tp365 system, total-play offers a range of other non-turf pitch solutions which, while they don’t carry ECB approval, have all been designed to meet the company’s rigorous standards. They include tp5; designed to provide a consistent, all-weather dynamic playing surface for all round play and all age groups, which is well suited to a porous aggregate-based construction. Indoor and concrete-based surfaces, meanwhile, are served by tp6; a carpet specifically designed for use on hard, non-porous surfaces that can either be secured permanently or rolled up and stored away when the base surface is required for other uses.
The complete range of surfaces, in addition to NTP components and maintenance products, are available to purchase online exclusively via total-play’s online store www.thecricketgroundshop.co.uk. For further information on total-play’s non-turf pitch solutions, visit www.total-play.co.uk or to discuss your needs in detail call 01604 864575.
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