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Proact Pitch Undergoes Goal Area Enhancement

28 September 2017

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Supporters will notice new look goal areas when Cheltenham Town visit the Proact on Saturday.

Earlier today, work took place in consultation with pitch maintenance contractors Premier Pitches, to enhance both goal areas and along the sides of the Proact pitch.

The improvements have been carried out using the latest technology, as Craig Backhouse from SIS Pitches explained.

“We’re installing fibres into the goal areas and assistant referee's runs, 180mm deep with polyethylene fibres using our SISGrass Universal machine,” he said.

“The goal areas wear very much during the season and as a result they become bare, the work we’ve done today will help stabilise them and help grass coverage within the goal areas and at the side of the pitch.

“It’s really difficult not to get bare areas in the goal area as goalkeepers will stand in there throughout matches. If you do lose grass you’ll have fibres to give you grass cover.”

The work being carried out is nothing new for the staff at SIS Pitches and takes the best part of half a day to complete.

“We started this morning and it takes nine hours to install,” Backhouse said.

“It’s happening at clubs all over the country, we use a SISGrass Universal machine to do the goal areas.

“The machine is 100% electric and runs from a generator at the side of the pitch, it has two rollers and lining needles which are injecting the yarn into the ground.”

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