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Football League Clubs campaign for artificial pitches

Wycombe Wanderers and Accrington Stanley are just two clubs keen to reintroduce artificial pitches in a bid to cut costs and increase revenues.

So called ‘plastic pitches' were banned by the Football Association in 1988 as a result of complaints that they caused injuries and that the quality of football played on them was poor. However since then technology has advanced significantly and a number of clubs in Italy, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland & Russia now play on artificial pitches.

Interest in artificial pitches particularly comes from clubs at the lower end of the Football League, where the potential revenue boost combined with benefits to community schemes would have a significant impact.

Rob Heys, Chief Executive of Accrington Stanley, recently commented:

"There is an income to be gained from hiring the pitch out and money to be saved in maintenance costs and the fact that you can train on it.The community benefit is that you can get people down to the ground seven days a week rather than just 23 times a season for home fixtures".

Thornton Sports Managing Director, David Saxby, aims to dispel fears about the quality of artificial grass pitches explaining:

"The ball bounce and uniformity of play of synthetic grass pitches is much improved, so that they are now very close to natural grass"

He also adds: "Due to the income potential of artificial pitches it now reasonable to expect to be able to replace the capital expenditure of a new pitch in around 4 years".

To hear more on Rob Heys's and David Saxby's thoughts on artificial pitches listen to a recent interview on Radio Lancashire by clicking on the link below...

Sport Grass interview BBC Radio Lancashire by Thornton_Sports

 

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