Championship club, Nottingham Forest has recently invested in a brand new state-of-the-art synthetic training pitch at its highly-regarded youth academy.
The new bespoke surface was manufactured by FIFA-licensed global turf specialist, TigerTurf UK specifically for the Forest Indoor Academy, and installed by Sleaford-based independent sports surfacing specialist, Smith’s Construction.
Using 2400m² of its own Soccer Real 60XQ system, TigerTurf UK was able to create a tailor-made surface for Forest’s Indoor Academy, which plays host to around 100 talented youngsters aged 8 – 19 from across the club’s representative teams. The Academy has honed the talent of a number of international players, including England internationals, Michael Dawson and Jermaine Jenas since being launched in 1997.
Boasting FIFA 1 and 2 star accreditation; TigerTurf’s Soccer Real 60XQ is the result of breakthrough polymer processing that eradicates weak points which may occur in the yarns as a result of the shape, therefore producing unrivalled split resistance. This results in finer blades of grass which are durable enough to offer long-term elite level performance without damaging aesthetics. The third generation synthetic turf system is 60mm in length and comprises two unique profiled fibres; part-filled with rubber and sand which enhance ball roll.
With the Academy operating during school term time, Smith’s Construction was tasked with the lifting and replacement of the old surface during half term, using specialist carpet equipment. Thanks to TigerTurf’s experience in engineering elite level sports surfaces, Smith’s was able to deliver and lay the brand new surface in less than a week, to ensure the job was complete for when the students went back to school. Since having its state-of-the-art indoor pitch installed, the Nottingham Forest Academy has achieved Category 2 academy status under the English FA’s Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP).
Craig Heiden, Operations Manager at Nottingham Forest Academy commented: “As a club with a strong reputation for developing the talent of some of the country’s best young footballers, ensuring we can offer our academy players elite level surfaces is absolutely essential. As the most authentic artificial football surface available, TigerTurf’s Soccer Real 60XQ means our youngsters can benefit from an elite level playing surface all year round, even when our outdoor pitches are affected by adverse weather conditions.”
aul Langford, Managing Director at TigerTurf UK added: “Having invested heavily in the development of an elite level football surface, we were delighted to be able to play our part in the implementation of a new indoor pitch at one of the country’s biggest clubs.” For more information on TigerTurf (UK) Ltd and its portfolio of artificial grass, visit www.tigerturf.com.