Pioneering new infill sand


Aggregate Industries new Pro Pitch Elite is an infill sand proven to have the best drainage rates available in the UK market.

Unveiled by the company’s Garside Sands division, the Pro Pitch Elite infill sand has been specifically designed to include larger rounded particles to provide superior void space through the playing surface of synthetic sport pitches exposed to extreme weather conditions. The new product will be sold alongside the company’s existing Pro Pitch 2EW sand.

The launch of Pro Pitch Elite comes as a recent study found that extreme weather conditions are having a detrimental impact on the UK’s favourite sports. Certain areas of the UK experience rainfall at 300% of the national average, yet pitch design and infill materials do not reflect the variations. Pro Pitch Elite drains 25% faster than Pro Pitch 2EW.

Tom Wise, general manager at Garside Sands, Aggregate Industries, said: “With the UK experiencing six of the seven wettest years on record since 2000 and record-breaking wet winters in 2014 and 20152, it’s no surprise that extreme weather conditions are a growing concern when it comes to the construction and maintenance of synthetic sports pitches.

“As such, this has spurred us into our laboratory to design and rigorously test our biggest product innovation in more than twenty years. As a result we can launch Pro Pitch Elite, the ideal solution for enhancing and sustaining sport facilities by ensuring playability all year round, even in areas of extreme rainfall.”

Independent lab testing found Pro Pitch Elite drained 116% better than the most popular competitor sand available, while the high-performance Pro Pitch 2EW sand drained 44% better than the same competitor sand.

Tom adds: “Due to its technical grading, ProPitch Elite has been proven to aid with effective drainage, even outperforming our market leading Pro Pitch 2EW infill sand, as demonstrated during robust lab testing. For sports clubs looking to provide first class playing surfaces, even in extreme weather conditions, this revolutionary solution will not disappoint.”

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