About total-play Ltd


Founded by David Bates in 2007, total-play is a name synonymous with the provision of class-leading sports surfaces. Operating across the fields of cricket, winter sports, and athletics to deliver both natural and synthetic facilities that meet clients’ specific demands. total-play counts numerous schools, universities, local authorities, community organisations and sports clubs of all levels among its client base.

As the first supplier to be awarded the England & Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) status of Code of Practice Installer for the Design and Installation of Non-Turf Systems’ total-play went on to develop its own range of non-turf cricket surfaces; including the flagship tp365 ECB Approved Pitch System.

total-play has drawn on its unique combination of in-field experience and scientific research to develop a host of other grounds-related products; notably the Climate Cover range of grounds covers that includes the Climate Cover System™ – the lightest, strongest and only breathable sports turf cover.

total-play also draws on this expertise in each and every project it undertakes – from the design and construction of new systems, to the renovation and repair of existing systems – natural and non-turf playing surfaces. We are able to offer a complete ‘turn-key’ solution including design, planning and funding advice, groundworks and construction; with all work carried out in house by the total-play team, without employing sub-contractors.


The total-play philosophy is revolved around creating and maintaining high-performance playing surfaces that are tailored to clients’ needs whilst meeting the demands set by the relevant governing bodies for sport. From fine turf to synthetic solutions, whether you are looking for the design and installation of a brand new facility, the replacement or refurbishment of an existing facility, or simply want support in the management and maintenance of your playing surface, you can rest assured all work will be carried out by total-play’s in-house team using its own extensive range of laser guided grounds management equipment. The total-play approach has seen it become the supplier of choice for numerous sports clubs, schools and other organisations; as well as win numerous contracts to design and install specialist facilities on behalf of some of the country’s leading grounds and sports contractors on high profile projects.

The Team

The total-play team combines the skills of sports turf professionals including former cricketers, groundsmen, sports funding and development advisors, alongside a seasoned team of groundwork specialists. The result is a team with the expertise and experience to advise on, and execute works on both non-turf and fine turf surfaces for a range of different sports.

In addition to providing a complete ‘turn-key’ service from design through to initial groundworks, installation, completion and,  if required, ongoing maintenance, the total-play team is also on hand to offer advice, at the earliest stages, on issues such as funding streams and planning.

To find out how the total-play team could help your sports surface vision become reality, call 01604 864575.