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Stadium Experience makes new signing!

Stadium Experience has welcomed Burnley Football Club as its newest member. The East Lancashire venue is the 14th premiership league club to join Stadium Experience, and the first new member of 2019.
Stadium Experience is a not-for-profit marketing consortium and aims to share best practice and promote stadia as unique and prestigious venues for meetings, conferences and events. The group has increased its membership dramatically in the last few years, with the newest members including; AFC Fylde, Aviva Stadium, Burnley, Croke Park Stadium, Gloucester Rugby, Harlequins Rugby, Ipswich Town, Leeds United, Manchester United, Munster Rugby, Notts County, Ospreys Rugby, Scunthorpe United, St. George’s Park, St Helen’s Rugby, Stoke City, Swansea City, West Ham United, and Wolverhampton Wanderers.


Limagrain the front runner at York Racecourse

As a long-term user of Limagrain grass seed, Adrian Kay, head groundsman at York Racecourse, believes that an improvised MM25 mixture gives him the confidence to keep the course to an exceptionally high standard all year round.
Adrian, the man in charge of keeping York Racecourse ahead of the pack, has been the head groundsman for twelve years. He joined York from Aintree Racecourse in 2006 and two years later was instrumental in a huge £2.6 million track development project.
As part of the project, significant drainage works were carried out in order to remove and keep water at bay from the surface, which is situated on an old river bed and flood plain. Although that project was undertaken over nine years ago, Adrian and his team still continue to focus their attention on maintaining and improving the surface and primary drainage.
It could be argued that Adrian is somewhat of an industry pioneer as he continues to adopt new methods, particularly in his decision to embrace the Koro process in order to strip the top of the surface and remove all vegetation and rootzone – something which is practically unheard of in horse racing turf maintenance. As a result, Adrian admits that whichever grass seed he uses, he must have full confidence that it is going to provide him with exceptional results and guarantee a fast return to usability.
“I’ve been using Limagrain seed for about 16 years now and I’ve got every confidence in the seed. I used MM25 when I was at Aintree and then we played around with the mixture here at York to suit our renovations.
“The mixture we use consists of 50% Tetraploid Perennial Rye, 30% Diploid and 20% Slender Creeping Red Fescue – and it’s treated with HEADSTART® GOLD. It’s a perfect mixture here for what we are trying to achieve and occasionally we use 100% Tetraploid when we are carrying out our renovations.”
With the race season at York finishing in mid-October, Adrian typically uses this period to start his renovations. Although renovating this late in the year can present certain challenges, Adrian believes that his Limagrain mixture ensures a smooth process.
“We normally begin our renovations in October after the race season, which is sometimes not ideal, but we have full confidence in the Limagrain mixture that it will begin to germinate.
“This year renovations were very late with the seed being sown in early November. Unfortunately for us, we then had an extreme winter with Beast from the East followed by a very wet start to the spring. However, the track couldn’t have looked better with a very good coverage of new grass ready for the first meeting of the on the 16th May – this really is testament to the quality of the seed.”
Racecourses have to withstand a high degree of damage from horses over a whole season which means that selecting the right mixture for renovation and divot repair is vitally important. Adrian’s tailored mixture provides him with a dense hard wearing surface which offers quick germination and provides cushioning in the bottom of the sward.
Adrian says, the mixture which is treated with HEADSTART® GOLD – Limagrain’s unique seaweed based seed treatment helps to ensure rapid and even germination. This tried and tested grass seed treatment helps the seed get off to the best possible start – something which Adrian has been quick to notice.
“I use Limagrain because of the attributes of germination, establishment and the quality of leaf. If I put the seed down two weeks before we are racing, I absolutely know that in ideal conditions we are going to get the germination and establishment that is required.
“For me, it’s a year round product that I use. We use the same mix for repairs on the track as well which we apply after every race meeting. It really is the full package.”


New state-of-the-art 3G rugby pitch for Warwick School

SIS Pitches installs new synthetic all-weather pitch at the historic independent school
Pupils at Warwick School are celebrating after using their new synthetic 3G SISTurf rugby pitch for the first time.
The new facility, which was designed, manufactured, constructed and installed by SIS Pitches, will give all-year round access to training for over 500 pupils across the school’s 35 rugby teams, helping the development of the next generation of sporting stars.
Recognised nationally as an institution for sporting excellence, Warwick School is known for its consistently high level of sporting achievement.
More than half of the school’s rugby teams are ranked in the top-10 in the country, with the U18 team holding the national rugby title at U18 level, having previously won the same championship in 2007, 2017 and 2018, and finishing runners-up in 2014.
Last year, SIS Pitches custom-made over half a million square metres of exceptional synthetic grass for schools, colleges, universities, sports clubs and local authorities in the UK and around the world.
The company is the UK’s only one-stop-shop for the design, manufacture, construction, installation and maintenance of synthetic pitches.
SIS Pitches also has a track record of delivering on the world stage, having recently installed hybrid surfaces at venues being used for the World Cup, Club World Cup and Asian Cup, capping a remarkable period of growth.
Jon Turnbull, UK Operations Director at SIS Pitches who worked on the project, said: “It’s great to see so many smiles on the faces of the pupils at Warwick School and I’m sure they will enjoy playing on their new modern playing facility.
“This kind of surface can make a real difference to the amount of time the children get to play and train outdoors, as it performs well in challenging weather conditions.
“Our turf is designed for a variety of sports, including football, rugby, GAA, lacrosse and we are seeing more and more schools and universities turn to 3G surfaces as a high-quality alternative to natural grass.”
Tom Pierce, Director of Rugby at Warwick School, said: “Warwick School’s rugby players are absolutely loving their brand new SIS Pitches-installed 3G pitch. It has transformed our winter training and the ability to train into the evening with huge numbers of players on the surface.
“The installation process was on time and absolutely superb. So far nearly every boy out of 500 rugby players at Warwick School has had access to the pitch and we have played one 1XV match.
“We believe the pitch will be an amazing asset for the school and for the Warwick School community for many years to come.”
Dr Deneal Smith, Head Master at Warwick School, added: “This top-quality, floodlit 3G surface will allow boys of all ages to continue playing rugby even in the muddy depths of winter when the nights have drawn in.”

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