King Edward VI School’s synthetic hockey pitch was originally laid some 15 years ago as a sand filled surface and replaced two years ago by Thorntons with a sand dressed carpet.
“The pitch was originally intended to last 10 years, but because we maintain it to such a high standard, it lasted 13. It was not worn out when it was re-laid, but as there was provision in the budget to do so, we felt it was worth revitalising,” explains Head Groundsman Garry Watson.
“We are fortunate to have a team of eight groundsmen and, although we are flat out in the summer, this does mean that we can dedicate a member of staff to the synthetic pitch – which he maintains meticulously”.
When the pitch was installed, King Edward’s School chose a Sisis maintenance system, comprising the Twinplay combination frame with zigzag and straight brushes.
The zigzag brush is used mainly to move the sand around more intensively, with the pitch brushed at least once a week to redistribute the infill and stand the carpet fibres up, leaving it in perfect condition for the weekend’s matches.
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