Stepney Green Maths, Computing and Science College in London has recently been lucky enough to receive a multi million pound investment via the Building Schools for the Future programme, which has included a rooftop multi-use games area and artificial cricket wicket from sports surface manufacturer Playrite.
Increasing numbers of sites, especially educational facilities, are seeking to use every inch of space available to offer a range of different facilities to their users. There has been a definite increase over the last few years in the trend for rooftop games areas. Firstly choosing a multi-use games area for your facility means that you can provide year round usage and the option to offer a wider range of sports and extracurricular activities. Secondly, placement on the roof of the building in an otherwise unusable space utilises the building to the best of its capacity.
Stepney Green’s multi-use games area was constructed out of Playrite’s Matchplay 2, an excellent multi-sport surface that offers a more natural feel compared to other artificial products. Being sand dressed, after installation the performance characteristics are evident from day one and play can commence almost immediately. It offers a high performance surface which has the durability to take a range of different sports. It is especially good for netball and tennis. The built-in cushion layer makes for medium-paced play and is easy on player’s leg joints. Inlaid lines can be permanently added in white, yellow, red and blue. High level porosity and the low maintenance requirements all add value.
Stepney Green School also had an artificial cricket wicket installed alongside their multi-use games area. Much lower in maintenance than a grass wicket, able to endure more usage and consistent in the playing characteristics an artificial cricket wicket is a dream of a surface, especially for those who are new or maybe less experienced in the game. Stepney Green School is now able to enjoy a needlepunch cricket wicket with an impact absorbing layer underneath to temper ball bounce.
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