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 Post subject: Artificial Surfaces
PostPosted: Fri Feb 17 2012 12:49 pm 
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/17064905

Hallelujah! - the worm just may be turning!!!

I've seen well over a hundred games on a 4G surface, it affords excellent passing football and the old issues like an unfair bounce and problems with slide-tackling are no more

These facilities represent the way forward enabling 24/7 community use (with commensurate increases in rental and bar income!) and giving clubs a decent surface on which to train in almost any weather

Some of us saw HTFC fit in a friendly at TNS a couple of winters ago (against Ellesmere Rangers who were also going through a barren period) the day after the host club had played a WPL game, with snow piled around the pitch but the surface perfectly playable

Compare that with the postponements we've had of late, plus the Keys Park grass being used for a Youth Team game on Wednesday night (and training last night) after a game on Tuesday night and with a key league game coming up on Saturday, and you'll see the benefits

Come and see me any time and I'll bore you to death with all the points in favour!!

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 Post subject: Re: Artificial Surfaces
PostPosted: Fri Feb 17 2012 1:16 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Artificial Surfaces
PostPosted: Fri Feb 17 2012 1:32 pm 
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Location: Perton , South Staffs obviously
How much to install one of these surfaces?


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 Post subject: Re: Artificial Surfaces
PostPosted: Fri Feb 17 2012 8:07 pm 
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How much to install one of these surfaces?
Pass. But I'm pretty sure that grant assistance is available (from the Football Foundation I think), I believe that both Stratford Town and Nantwich got help with the artificial surfaces which are adjacent to their grounds

Nevertheless, if HTFC were permitted and did decide to go ahead with installation, a major fundraising effort would be needed.

Don't forget that the Pitmen Prize Draw is our way of helping the club with improving its infrastructure..... for any forum users who aren't in already, there's no time like the present....

http://www.htfcsa.co.uk/prizedraw

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 Post subject: Re: Artificial Surfaces
PostPosted: Fri Feb 17 2012 8:31 pm 
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Interesting that googling finds a FA guidance note from as long ago as 2005...

http://www.thefa.com/GetIntoFootball/Fa ... _Part1.pdf

I'll do a bit of research into costings, maybe starting here

http://www.greenfields-cms.co.uk/sports ... ball-turf/

and here

http://www.greenfieldsturf.co.uk/sports ... ball-turf/

(looks like they installed Stenny's artificial surface)

Ah, we seem to have some pricing guidance here

http://www.greenfieldsturf.co.uk/turf-c ... alculator/

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 Post subject: Re: Artificial Surfaces
PostPosted: Fri Feb 17 2012 9:02 pm 
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Sutton Coldfield would be a good place to start.They installed theirs this season..Perhaps a call to them would confirm.


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 Post subject: Re: Artificial Surfaces
PostPosted: Sat Feb 18 2012 8:57 am 
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Sutton Coldfield would be a good place to start.They installed theirs this season..Perhaps a call to them would confirm.
I'm sure that could be arranged.

As I see it, it's for the club to decide if they want to pursue this option and assess the cost and the availability (or not) of grants and then if our help is needed in raising finance we step in.

But maybe none of the above until the FA consultation process has taken place and we know that we wouldn't be shooting ourselves in the foot by proceeding.

We don't want to end up in a Durham City-type-situation where we get Man Ure at home in the FA Cup but can't play it on our own ground....

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 Post subject: Re: Artificial Surfaces
PostPosted: Thu Feb 23 2012 11:59 am 
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Just going off on one of my tangents, I see that the Premier League supports NL ground improvements to the tune of £6m (I take it that's per annum?)

http://www.nonleaguedaily.com/news/inde ... &nid=82761

Well done them

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 Post subject: Re: Artificial Surfaces
PostPosted: Sun Mar 04 2012 2:03 pm 
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Learned yesterday (from my local reporter!) that Gala Fairydean have a 3G surface now

And here's a novel way of funding them....

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Release ... 3/16134101

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 Post subject: Re: Artificial Surfaces
PostPosted: Mon Apr 02 2012 8:33 pm 
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Looks like £400k is a (wait for it) ball-park figure

http://www.welsh-premier.com/index.php/ ... cial-pitch

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 Post subject: Re: Artificial Surfaces
PostPosted: Wed May 23 2012 6:31 pm 
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Learned yesterday (from my local reporter!) that Gala Fairydean have a 3G surface now

And here's a novel way of funding them....

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Release ... 3/16134101

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Another one - and I'm still loving the way that Scottish clubs are getting funding for these....

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-s ... d-18143420

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 Post subject: Re: Artificial Surfaces
PostPosted: Fri Jun 01 2012 5:16 pm 
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/18285716

Bl00dy ostriches

Never mind, they've got the important things right, like a return to 7 subs in the Championship....

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 Post subject: Re: Artificial Surfaces
PostPosted: Mon Jun 11 2012 7:38 pm 
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/18285716

Bl00dy ostriches

Never mind, they've got the important things right, like a return to 7 subs in the Championship....

:roll:
Conversely, my friends in Wales want to be trend-setters

http://www.welsh-premier.com/index.php/ ... artificial

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 Post subject: Re: Artificial Surfaces
PostPosted: Thu Jun 14 2012 11:34 am 
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/18285716

Bl00dy ostriches

Never mind, they've got the important things right, like a return to 7 subs in the Championship....

:roll:
Conversely, my friends in Wales want to be trend-setters

http://www.welsh-premier.com/index.php/ ... artificial

:clap:
More here

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-18422611

Good report, except that he got the name of TNS' ground wrong

:doh: (muppet) :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Artificial Surfaces
PostPosted: Fri Jul 13 2012 7:58 pm 
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The worm is turning.... slowly....

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/18833248

This throws up as many questions as it answers but my brain hurts so I may be back with those in the next day or two...

:roll: :? :doh:

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 Post subject: Re: Artificial Surfaces
PostPosted: Sun Jul 15 2012 12:47 pm 
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http://nonleague.pitchero.com/news/satu ... um=twitter

See Gus Poyet's comments about Maidstone's new 3G surface... especially on a day when PSFs were being cancelled...

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 Post subject: Re: Artificial Surfaces
PostPosted: Sun Jul 15 2012 7:44 pm 
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It no doubts has benefits but unaffordable for the pitmen for the time being. Unless someone feels like throwing a ton of money at the club which would surely be better used to help gain promotion.


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 Post subject: Re: Artificial Surfaces
PostPosted: Sun Jul 15 2012 8:08 pm 
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Well, I'm working on it Marc, one lottery ticket at a time. :D


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 Post subject: Re: Artificial Surfaces
PostPosted: Mon Jul 16 2012 11:40 am 
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It no doubts has benefits but unaffordable for the pitmen for the time being. Unless someone feels like throwing a ton of money at the club which would surely be better used to help gain promotion.
Once the FA give the go ahead for artificial surfaces to be used for all games (and it will happen, it's only taken us 46 years to get goal-line technology) an artificial surface would pretty quickly pay for itself, cf the Sutton Coldfield model, and grant money would be available - but yes, not to cover 100% of the cost, so some serious fundraising might be necessary...

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 Post subject: Re: Artificial Surfaces
PostPosted: Mon Jul 16 2012 7:12 pm 
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Well, I'm working on it Marc, one lottery ticket at a time. :D
Me too, if I win the euromillions Im chucking a fair bit at the pitmen lol!


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 Post subject: Re: Artificial Surfaces
PostPosted: Tue Jan 22 2013 10:18 am 
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Here's the artificial surface at Park Hall Oswestry (ie the home of TNS) this morning...



.... which is why I think they need to be called "artificial" rather than "all-weather" surfaces

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 Post subject: Re: Artificial Surfaces
PostPosted: Tue Jan 22 2013 10:36 am 
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TUFC Chairman was on BBC local tv last night stating that for a £500k outlay on an artificial pitch - the money could be recouped in 5-6 years because the venue could be used 365 days a year!

Ooo-arr!

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 Post subject: Re: Artificial Surfaces
PostPosted: Wed Feb 27 2013 6:49 pm 
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http://www.birminghamfa.com/news/2013/f ... facilities

So, the FA is happy to sanction the installation of lots more artificial surfaces..... yet it won't let clubs use them in the FA Cup.....

Funny old game....

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 Post subject: Re: Artificial Surfaces
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The future is plastic....

http://www.nonleaguedaily.com/news/inde ... &nid=94554

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 Post subject: Re: Artificial Surfaces
PostPosted: Wed Jun 19 2013 10:38 pm 
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Apparently the council are looking at adding one to the redevelopment of Hednesford Park. Might come in handy for training on when Keys Park gets frozen over.


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