Space-saving, versatile and cost-effective – it’s little wonder synthetic MUGAs are proving a popular choice for schools, parks, colleges and leisure centres. But what if space is limited and you need a state-of-the-art cricket practice facility as well as a space for other sports?
As cricket pitch specialists, total-play has the answer; developing a Cricket MUGA based on our ECB approved artificial cricket pitch system designs. With the addition of perimeter fencing and retractable cricket netting, the result is a cricket practice nets facility that performs to England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) standards and, thanks to retractable netting, can be used year-round for a host of other sports, as well as general play.
This versatile arrangement is proving a sound investment for many schools and sports clubs – especially those where space is at a premium – with many choosing to transform underused spaces such as overflow car parks and old macadam tennis courts into a state-of-the-art facility that can help boost cricketing performance.
total-play cricket MUGAs are in use at several leading independent schools across the country; including Bromsgrove School, Birkdale School in Sheffield and Suffolk’s Orwell Park School.
As with all total-play installations, each Cricket MUGA is designed with the client’s exact needs in mind. The facility can be built to pretty much any size depending on the available space, and the site will be carefully surveyed to ensure that groundworks allow for site levelling work, the optimum depth of base construction for the site and any drainage installation.
Our surfaces have been designed by cricketers, for cricketers to offer a balanced game between bat and ball and encourage turn, while performing to the correct pace and bounce to promote every aspect of the modern game. In effect, they replicates a good level league pitch while providing a safe, consistent surface on which to practice. These attributes lend the surface equally to low-level practice of other sports as well as being suitable for general play.
When it comes to things like perimeter fencing, everything from height to colour can be tailored to the client’s needs – so full height or waist height fencing could be in a natural steel finish or powder-coated to match school colours. Finishing touches like line markings, integrated goal mouths, basketball and netball hoops and flood lights are all possible additions.