Brescia House School - Johannesburg making excellent progress

Brescia House School has embarked on a new water based artificial hockey pitch project. The facility will provide the School with a top class training facility.

Sub grade ready for sub base application  

Sub grade ready for sub base application  

The project was designed, specified and procured by UJSports Labs which resulted in the project being awarded in January through a competitive tendering process. 

Greenfields/Belgotex were appointed to take the project forward.

we will post regular updates on this as the project advances.

Rathdown School flying high as a first class water based hockey pitch

Rathdown school and Monkstown hockey club has endorsed their new pitch as fantastic after their first weekend of hockey on the new water based pitch. Officially opening with the big game on the 8th November where Ireland will host Belgium in a friendly a great test for the new surface. Well done to Tony Patterson Contracts for providing a top facility.

Birds eye view of the pitch

Birds eye view of the pitch


A pano of the pitch

Rathdown School a first class hockey facility in Partnership with Monkstown Hockey Club

Rathdown school hockey new artificial pitch pitch project is delivering an FIH 'global' standard facility in south Dublin for both the pupil's of the school and Monkstown Hockey Club. The long standing partnership will see the site host two hockey pitches one water based to the same standard as the recent world cup competition and the other a sand dressed pitch.

The commitment the school have shown to bring this facility to fruition underscores how hockey in the area has developed, the recent results are testament to this investment.

The new water based pitch constructed by Tony Patterson Contracts is installed with a Greenfield's product. Here the final stages of the artificial turf installation is shown.

Sports Labs become Sports England Framework Provider

Sport England Artificial Sports Surfaces Consultancy Services Sport England has set up a number of framework contracts with service providers to simplify the procurement of contractors and consultants for future funded projects.Image The framework contract is simply a form of contract where pre-selection of a particular service provider results in a small number of companies being shortlisted to provide the services without the need for protracted tendering process each time a project is available. Frameworks normally last 3 to 4 years. The aim of the Sport England framework contract is to select the best service providers for the work being tendered. Sport England has now put in place a number of framework consultants to deliver specialist aspects of projects on their behalf the one that concerns us is the sports pitches and other sports surfaces framework contract.


Following a detailed and thorough selection process Sports Labs were successfully selected as one of four specialist consultants for sports surfaces and other specialist services. We are very pleased to be involved with Sport England in this framework contract and look forward to the next 4 years working with Sport England within the framework.

St Edwards School, Oxford: Take possession of a new hockey pitch

St Edwards School Oxford "Teddy's" get top quality hockey pitch St Edward’s School, Oxford have just completed the refurbishment of an old sand filled hockey pitch. The original pitch (now 21 years old!) was mainly used for tennis.

Site Investigation

As with any old facilities the old pitch has to be carefully investigated to characterize the base condition, shock pad and any need to modify the surface to meet NGB requirements; which may have moved on. Sports Labs carried out a site investigation on the old pitch to assess existing tarmac and shock pad. This clearly indentified the costs going forward for works required- in this case a new shock pad was required.

Quality Installation

Sports Labs designed, tendered and project managed the works. Agripower successfully secured this contract and decided to install a Tiger Turf Evo Pro sand dressed surface.

At every stage in the construction process checks and tests were carried out to confirm that the works met specification. This included the tarmac, shock pad and artificial turf.

On Time, To Budget

The pitch installation was handed over to the client on time and on budget. The school have found the pitch to be first class and is now the preferred surface for hockey at the school.


Wakefield Hockey Club; complete new world class 'blue' hockey pitch and refurbish the existing pitch

The new all-weather pitches at Wakefield Sports Club were officially opened on Saturday 23rd June during a weekend of celebration and festival of hockey involving players from all over the country. Juniors, seniors and masters enjoyed the weekend with friendly and competitive games against local and not so local opposition. The weekend marked the completion of the major project to create a world-class hockey venue. Following the trend set by the London 2012 hockey stadium, Wakefield Sports Club’s College Grove site now has a new blue water-based pitch alongside its fully refurbished green pitch. Both meet international standards.

Project Leader Peter Clay said, “This is a fantastic facility for hockey of the highest level. It is the premier hockey club facility in the North of England.” The Chinese Ladies Olympic Hockey Team will use the pitch for their pre games training in July.

The project could not have been completed without the effort of a team of committed volunteers.

Wakefield Hockey Club President, Chris Partridge said; “This is a big investment for the future and just reward for our dedication to the development of hockey and junior hockey in particular".

Sports Labs again assisted Wakefield Hockey Club in the Planning, Design, Procurement and Project Management of the works to both pitches. The site continues it development as a premier site for hockey with these high quality 'Global' standard pitches.