The Highly Favourable tp365 ECB Approved Pitch System

15th April 2014

Playing surface specialist total-play has enjoyed a busy start to the year; working on projects spread across the country. The company’s flagship non-turf cricket playing surface, the tp365 ECB Approved Pitch System, features at the bulk of schemes – whether in the construction of a practice nets facility, synthetic match pitch or the increasingly popular option of a cricket-based MUGA (Multi Use Games Area).

tp365’s unique attributes – alongside total-play’s status as an ECB Code of Practice Installer for Non-Turf pitches – are the key to why it is the system of choice for clients ranging from grass roots and first class clubs to leading independent schools, as Business Development Manager James Coney explains:

“tp365 was one of the first non-turf cricket surfaces to be awarded ECB approval; and 6 years down the line it is still a leader in its field. One of the key reasons behind this, we believe, is performance – the system was developed by cricketers, for cricketers. It is designed offer the perfect balance between bat and ball; offering batsmen the ability to play on the up, off the front foot and with confidence to play off the back foot whilst also encouraging spin, which is essential for slow bowlers, both young and old. Above it offers a safe and consistent pitch with the correct pace and bounce to promote every aspect of the modern game.”

The fact that the company is able to provide a complete, ‘turnkey’ service from design to practical completion without the need to bring in sub-contractors – and that it can provide planning and funding advice is also a major plus. James says:

“While each and every tp365 surface we install is constructed to meet the ECB’s exacting standards, every single job is unique in that we work with clients to provide a solution to their specific needs – bespoke elements from coaching lines to batting curtains, our HD Protection Tunnel Netting system and even metalwork and netting in specific colours can be accommodated. We can also help guide clubs through the often daunting process of securing funding from the various available ‘pots’.”

And the proof is in the pudding – total-play’s in-house team installed tp365 in over 100 practice facility lanes during 2013 – not including cricket based MUGA and match pitch installations. Recent projects include systems at Frimley CC, Beddington CC, Wilsons School, Burbage & Royal Easton CC, Ardingly College and Great Bedwyn CC in the South; Orwell Park School, Cambourne School, Clifton College, Great Brickhill CC, Cleeve CC and Bishop Vessey School in the South West/Midlands and Marsden CC, Haslington CC, Cottingham CC and Kingswood School in the North.

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