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Unrivalled 5-a-side synthetic surface for Knox City Council08/11/2010
TigerTurf has been awarded the contract to construct two full size synthetic football pitches at the new Eastern Recreation Precinct, in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs for Knox City Council.
This unique project will be home to a full size pitch and nine 5-a-side pitches, complete with lighting, fencing and rebound boards. This configuration will enable club training, matches and recreation competitions to be played on the full size pitch whilst the 5-a-side pitches will be available to the public for recreational use. The facility will be managed by Football Federation Victoria (FFV).
The 5-a-side pitch, providing nine individual pitches surrounded by rebound board fencing will be the first of its kind in Australia. More importantly, it will be surfaced using an exciting new high performance yarn, designed for high usage fields with incomparable durability, Tapeslide™ XP. Using a proprietary manufacturing process from one of the largest synthetic yarn manufacturers in the world, Tencate, and tufted by TigerTurf, the 50mm pile height, polyethylene fibrillated surface will be laid over a preformed shockpad. This surface outlasts every other tape yarn in the market. Whereas all other yarns of its type will wear out by splitting, Tapeslide™ XP does not split, making it the most resilient surface. The highly durable wear characteristics enable an unrivaled 5 year durability warranty. Ideal for the high level of usage associated with 5-a-side, Tapeslide™ XP provides great playability, durability and resilience with the added benefit of reducing infill splash.
The main pitch will be surfaced with TigerTurf Soccer Real MS50, laid over a 15mm insitu shockpad. It will provide a pitch that performs like a freshly watered, high quality national turf, without the need for water. Player’s skills and enjoyment are enhanced as the surface is more consistent and safe. TigerTurf Soccer Real MS50 is a 50mm pile height, soft, shaped 4 ended monofilament polyethylene surface, sand and rubber filled.
FFV CEO, Mark Rendell said the new football centre would be a unique first in Australia.
‘With the excellent facilities being built, the Knox Regional Centre will be a great place for everyone to enjoy playing and watching football 12 months of the year’, Mr Rendell said. Rendell said having the recreational form of the game in tandem with the traditional form of football will help provide a new income source and new opportunities for participation. ‘The combination of facilities is crucial for the Centre. 5-a-side is the most popular form of sport in the United Kingdom and will add a new dimension to football in Australia’, Mr Rendell added.
The football pitches are part of a new major sport and recreation precinct in Wantirna South including an indoor sports stadium, football pavilion, open grassed for informal recreation, grassed and operations area for Victorian Association of Radio Model Soaring, outdoor plaza and forecourt and major car parks, access, and landscaping.
Works on the synthetic pitches are scheduled to complete mid 2011.
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