Meeting Accredited Standards For All Weather Sports Pitches

When it comes to sports surfaces and playground surfaces, there are a number of key factors to consider. Your all weather surface or pitch be it indoors or outdoors may be for one sport or more. In fact the growth of Multi Use Games Areas (MUGA) has become quite commonplace in recent years as community facilities seek to cater for as many sports and recreational pursuits as possible. Each sport has its own practical requirements to suit the nature of the game that is played ion the surface. Hockey with its stick work and fast moving hard ball require a different surface to rugby which needs to stand up to a scrimmage and ruck situation.

When choosing your sports surface installation expert, be sure to use one that work with recognised standards. McSweeney Sports Surfaces in Limerick, supply all weather sports surfaces, playground surfaces and equipment and indoor sports surfaces in Ireland and the UK. As well as artificial Golf putting greens, astro turf soccer pitches, McSweeney Sports surfaces also install artificial rugby surfaces, GAA pitches, cricket and bocce or boules surfaces, tennis surfaces and Multi Use Games Area surfaces. For each discipline the required standard for all weather surfaces is adhered to.

For artificial rugby surfaces and synthetic rugby pitches, the International Rugby Board (IRB) recommend that rugby be played on minimum 65mm pile height. Further, it is recommended that rugby be played on a shock pad to meet Regulation 22 and where a critical fall height of 1.3 metres should be achieved.

For GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association), the collective field sports of Gaelic Football, Hurling and Camogie The All-Star range of products from McSweeney Sports has been designed to include a sand and rubber infill and a pile height of between 65mm and 70mm. This allows a comfortable, safe and practical artificial surface that stands up to wear and tear.

Soccer pitches are perhaps the original of the species for all weather pitches. 5 a-side astro turf pitches were one of the earliest forms of all weather sports surfaces. Today artificial soccer pitches are required to meet FIFA 1 Start and FIFA 2 star regulations, and of course McSweeney’s Sports Surfaces have installed many all weather soccer pitches in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and throughout Ireland that meet and exceed these requirements with their synthetic shock pad that minimises the risk of player injury.

When installing tennis surfaces in Ireland and the UK, again McSweeney Sports Surfaces adhere to accredited guidelines. The responsive synthetic tennis surface installed by McSweeney’s is ‘manufactured to a specification that is recognised by the Lawn Tennis Association in the UK which meets European standards. Acrylic surfaces are supplied in a range of colours to suit clients needs and preferences. Clubs, schools and Community facilities know that a McSweeeney Sports Surf ace tennis surface will be durable, safe and represent value for money.

Whether you are investing in a sports or playground surface indoors or outdoors in Ireland or the UK, McSweeneys Sports Surfaces offer a long client testimonial list of successful installations, peace of mind knowing that every surface installed meets and exceeds the required accredited guidelines, and of course a prompt and professional service with after sales support. You can find out more at or call today at +353 (0)61 395786

Mike and Marie McSweeney set up their family run business McSweeney Sports Surfaces in Adare, Co. Limerick Ireland in 2003. Initially they were aiming to meet a latent demand for domestic golf putting surfaces and soon expanded their expertise into installing sports surfaces for all field sports both indoors and outdoors. Today they install accredited all weather surfaces for soccer, GAA, rugby, tennis, hockey, athletics, bocce and many more.