11 May 2015
Ponteland Middle School gets new football facility
GreenFields UK recently undertook the construction of a new football facility on behalf of Ponteland Middle School in Northumberland. The facility includes a 79m x 52m 3G Evolution XQ 60 playing surface with integral sports fencing and floodlighting. Jointly funded by the school, the Football Foundation and the FA, the build was completed and handed over to a delighted client on time and on budget. The GreenFields® Evolution XQ 60 is a system that is constructed with the synthetic turf components of TenCate Grass.
GreenFields Project Manager Mark Bucknall commented "This was not the easiest of projects to execute as the site is home to the Great Crested Newt, which is an endangered and protected species" but due to the close liaison with English Nature in which GreenFields UK installed exclusion fencing and pitfall traps to catch and re-locate any newts straying into the construction site, Mark said "I am happy to report that no newts were harmed in the making of this programme"
The facility was officially opened by former premiership footballer Alan Shearer OBE, who played as a striker in the top level of English league football for Southampton, Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United FC and for the England national team.