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A Return to Teesside High School’s FIH Accredited MUGA Facility

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15 May 2017

In 2012, Synthetic Turf Management (STM) designed and constructed a MUGA suitable for hockey, football and netball at Teesside High School in Eaglescliffe, Stockton-On-Tees. 

Teesside High School was created in 1970 by the amalgamation of two much older independent schools: Queen Victoria High School (1883) and Cleveland School (1939). The School is fortunate to have approx. 20 acres of attractive grounds on the banks of the River Tees, in what was once the rambling mansion of Woodside Hall.

Five Years after the construction of the MUGA, STM were back to carry out the annual maintenance. Maintenance is an important part of the lifespan of any artificial turf product as it ensures the safety and extends the longevity of the product.  It also keeps the surface looking attractive, encouraging more pupils to take part in activity.

The original installation included 2,249 square metres of artificial turf with a 15mm rubber shock pad. This was coupled with blue, white and rust lines using the FIH accredited multi-sport product, making the surface suitable for a variety of different sports.

During the maintenance visit by STM it was evident that the surface had been kept in pristine condition, the correct footwear had been used, debris had been cleared and the surface didn’t require any repairs.

However outsourcing maintenance is still important and should include a moss/algae treatment to prevent any growth, a top up of sand infill and grooming using an artificial grass specific power brush. STM also inspected the kickboards, netting and fencing that were also part of the installation.

The visit proved that good maintenance ensures the surface can withstand thousands of hours of playing time and that the physical education and activity facility at Teesside High will last for many years to come.

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