total-play has been a leader in the design, installation and maintenance of non-turf cricket pitches for over a decade. As the first ECB approved supplier of non-turf cricket pitches to be awarded status of England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Non-Turf Pitch (NTP) Code of Practice installer, we have drawn on our expertise to develop six ECB approved non-turf cricket pitch systems to meet every need and budget. Find out more about our ECB Accreditation.
A driving force behind the rise of artificial cricket pitch popularity has been the ECB itself; initiating specific criteria that artificial cricket pitches must meet before gaining the board’s approval. To qualify for funding from various governing bodies for sport, clubs must install an ECB approved artificial cricket pitch design that meets standard: ‘Performance Standards for Non-Turf Cricket Pitches Intended for Outdoor Use’.
This comprehensive document provides a benchmark that pitch designs must fulfil in order to gain ECB approved status. Performance Requirements cover “the ball/surface and player/surface interactions considered necessary to allow a satisfactory game of cricket to take place”. Construction Requirements “define the dimensions, tolerances and gradients for match pitches and practice areas to ensure they provide a satisfactory playing environment”. Material Requirements “define the quality of the synthetic material used to construct non-turf pitches to ensure they will last for a realistic period of time”.
Alongside this thorough testing of system designs, the ECB offers suppliers the chance to pass a voluntary ‘Code of practice for design and installation of non-turf cricket facilities’. This sets out the recommended minimum standards for designers, installers and suppliers of approved systems. When seeking external funding for a new artificial cricket pitch, clubs must appoint a supplier that not only offers an ECB approved system design but holds the Code of Practice supplier status.
We believe in quality as standard, which is why we hold both ISO9001 and ISO14001 accreditation. From initial groundwork through to the installation of drainage systems, aggregate sub-bases, playing surface carpets, shock pads and netting, even perimeter fencing, all work is carried out to the same rigorous standards by our in-house contract team using state-of-the-art, laser guided equipment.
This pedigree means you will find our non-turf match wickets and practice facilities installed all over the country, at leading independent schools, league clubs and county grounds, and has also made us the trusted partner of leading sports turf contractors for major projects; including facilities at Queen Elizabeth Park as part of the London 2012 Olympic Games Legacy.