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Wednesday, 21 September 2016 11:30

Hilton College installs second GreenFields hockey turf

Hilton College in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, recently installed a second GreenFields artificial hockey turf from Belgotex Floors in April 2016, ahead of the winter hockey season.

As one of the first schools in South Africa to invest in an artificial hockey turf in 2000, Hilton College will once again be one of the first in selecting the latest high-spec GreenFields TX water-based carpet – used at the 2014 Hockey World Cup in The Hague – for the school’s second field. Developed for modern, fast hockey at the highest level, the GreenFields TX pitch boasts proven technical properties including better ball control and slide, reduced bounce and friction, as well as superior shock absorption.

“This new field improves our teams’ ability to compete at the highest level with regard to ball speed, roll and skills execution,” says Darryn Gallagher, director of hockey at Hilton.

The GreenFields TX water-based pitch is ideal for fast, agile and powerful play. Short, monofilament fibres are tightly tufted close together for a fast, level field allowing identical ball roll in all directions for fast, flowing hockey. The ball rolls smoothly with a predictable bounce, with low ball friction in either wet or dry conditions. The soft, flexible fibres provide a shockabsorbing surface with little underfoot friction but consistent foot grip or torsion. This not only reduces the risk of injuries and improves safety by protecting backs, ligaments and muscles from tears or strains, but is ideal to hone hockey skills including perfect ball control at high-speed and while sliding. Water consumption is reduced due to better water retention and new sprinkler design by the Belgotex Sports team. The new design uses up to 50 % less water than the old carpets and sprinkler designs.

A complete turn-key operation from design and civils toconstruction, irrigation, Elayer and carpet installation was provided by local carpet manufacturer, Belgotex Floors. Its local expertise and experience in manufacturing and installing over 100 artificial turf facilities throughout Southern Africa, coupled with its local supply and quick turnaround times, ensure the facilities remain in tip-top condition all year round.

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