Non-turf cricket practice facility installation
Client: The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys School
Location: Elstree, Hertfordshire
With a record of winning some 70% of competitive matches against other schools, cricket is at the heart of summer sport for pupils at Elstree’s historic Boys’ school. Now, a new non-turf cricket practice facility has added to its already enviable cricket facilities…
Fielding three senior sides – with 4th & 5th XIs often added – A, B & C teams for U12-U15 age groups and Prep School teams for U9-U11 boys, cricket facilities at The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys School get plenty of use during summer term. In Spring 2016, with the school’s Solai Indoor Cricket Centre facilitating year-round practice, its outdoor artificial practice nets were due for replacement and the hunt was on for a supplier who could provide a quality solution within budget.
Following significant research three ECB approved non-turf pitch suppliers were provided with a verbal brief and invited to visit the site before putting forward proposals. Of these, total-play Ltd immediately stood out for its professionalism, product and the time and effort it dedicated to working with the school to specify the best possible solution.
Its proposal to extend the briefed 33m long facility to 40m; providing a longer run-up to cater for touring first class and overseas teams was seen to add significant value, as was the specification of its ‘Protection Tunnel’ cocoon netting system as an upgrade to the panel netting originally specified. To remain within budget, total-play recommended the installation of its tp5t ECB approved non-turf pitch system; featuring a high-quality tufted carpet laid on an unbound base designed to perform to the correct pace and bounce to promote every aspect of the modern game.
Work commenced on-site in February 2018, with total-play’s in-house team undertaking every stage of the build – from dismantling the existing facility through groundworks to installing the carpet and nets – in adverse winter weather. Despite the meteorological challenges, the facility was delivered on time and budget and the nets are already proving their worth, as Head Groundsman, John Lewis, explains:
“The response to the new nets has been very pleasing from everyone who’s used them, and the staff are very happy with the way they are performing. They’ve already had quite an impact thanks to the recent wet weather which meant our grass nets were out of use, so the new non-turf nets saved the day!”
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