Ball stop netting systems help prevent wayward balls hitting property or spectators and can also be used to divide pitches or section off certain playing areas. When positioned behind goals or targets, ball stop netting can also save time when retrieving balls from poorly aimed shots!
Last month we talked about the benefits of the new low cost ‘Portanet‘, a temporary ball stop system / pitch divider solution that can be configured in various ways to create a versatile netting system that can be set up in as little as ten minutes.
This month, we’ll take a closer look at some fixed and mobile ball stop alternatives that are suitable for use by clubs, schools and on shared pitches.
As the weather turns colder and ground conditions worsen, it’s time to take a look at one of the often overlooked pieces of equipment in a groundsman’s toolkit – the boot wiper. Boot wipers and scrapers help remove mud from footwear and keep indoor areas cleaner.
Today’s buying guide looks at the important things to consider when choosing new boot wipers and scrapers.
Boot Wiper Sizes
Boot wipers are available in a range of sizes. The size of the boot wiper unit corresponds with the number of simultaneous users that it’ll support at one time. When buying a boot wiper, it’s important to select a size that will adequately deal with the number of potential users. If you buy a boot wiper that’s too small, will players with muddy rugby boots simply walk straight into the dressing room rather than wait?
Consider how many boot wipers you’ll need. Two or more smaller units may help prevent crowding around walkways or entrances, rather than one larger boot wiper.
Boot Wiper Unit Fixing Methods
Freestanding boot wipers tend to be smaller, suitable for use by just one or two people at a time. The size of these boot wipers means that they are reasonably light and portable. Freestanding boot wipers are ideal for locations such as golf courses, or for areas that receive lower ‘traffic’.
Floor fixed / socketed boot wipers are typically larger and suitable for use by up to four people at a time. Excellent for use next to rugby and football pitches, or any team sport pitch. Fixed styles of boot wiper can either be bolted to the ground, concreted in place or placed into ground sockets. Sockets and fixing bolts are not supplied as standard, so please contact us for further information if you require these items. When selecting a fixed boot wiper, choose a size that will match the level of traffic it’ll need to handle.
Many boot wipers are also fitted with boot scrapers – simple pieces of metal that allow the user to scrape off the worst of the mud before using the brushes. Boot scrapers can help extend the life of the brushes.
Boot scrapers are sometimes located ‘internally’, as featured in Harrod UK’s Premier Boot Wiper range – this style of internal scraping plate means metal isn’t protruding from the boot wiper unit. Models that feature external boot scrapers are rounded to help prevent injury.
Boot wiper brushes won’t last forever and will need replacing every so often. When buying a new wiper unit, choose a widely available brand that offers replacement brushes.
The importance of correct installation of football goal posts, or any sports equipment for that matter, cannot be emphasised enough. Large pieces of sports equipment, such as football and rugby posts, have been involved in fatal accidents in the past so it’s good to see this issue being taken seriously by the council involved and being highlighted by the media.
With the football season already well underway, this story serves as a timely reminder that correct installation and maintenance of all sports equipment is essential. Regular checks can also help ensure that accidents and injuries are prevented.
For more information on our professional installation services, or for advice on how you can safely install any of the equipment we supply, please contact us 01858 545789.
We offer a wide range of rugby posts suitable for school and club use.
In today’s blog post, we’ll focus specifically on our ranges of steel rugby posts and aluminium rugby posts and highlight some of the key things to be aware of to help guide you when choosing your set of posts.
How high should rugby posts be?
The top edge of the crossbar should be 3m from the ground and the total height of each post should exceed 3.4m.
Rugby posts are typically much higher than 3.4m however, and the laws of Rugby (League and Union) state that posts are considered to theoretically extend infinitely upwards. Taller uprights do however make it easier to judge whether the ball has passed between the two posts.
We offer a range of post heights that will suit your rugby pitch size.
How far apart should each rugby post upright be?
Rugby Union and Rugby League rules require posts to be set 5.6m apart.
Aluminium or steel rugby posts?
Steel rugby posts are generally cheaper to buy. Whilst they are often powder coated, they may still be prone to rust over time. Steel posts are generally much heavier than aluminium posts, so great care should be taken when erecting and lowering steel rugby posts (see safety considerations below).
Aluminium rugby posts are strong, lightweight and easier to handle. Rusting is not an issue, but aluminium rugby goal posts are generally more expensive than steel equivalents.
Hinged or socketed rugby posts?
Socketed posts are the ‘traditional’ type of rugby posts, with the upright sitting directly into the ground socket. Erecting and dismantling socketed rugby posts can be tricky however, so should only be undertaken by a suitable number of professionals.
Hinged rugby posts allow the uprights to be lowered and erected in a much more controlled manner.
It is strongly recommended that the lower 2m of each upright is padded, for obvious reasons! We supply a range of rugby post protectors to fit a variety of post widths.
When installing rugby posts, great care should be taken to ensure that sockets are held firmly in place with an appropriate amount of concrete as specified by the post manufacturer. We recommend that rugby post sockets are installed by professionals – please contact us for more information on our installation services.
For hinged rugby posts, we offer a Hinged Rugby Post Assembly Roller that attaches to a suitable tractor. Hinged rugby posts can then be slowly and smoothly taken down or erected in a much more controlled way.
For advice on choosing a set of rugby posts or for more information on our rugby post installation services, please contact us on 01858 545789.
The world famous Leicester Tigers rugby team will be sitting pretty this season, on artificial grass supplied by local Leicestershire synthetic surfacing specialists sportsequip.co.uk. The 14mm dense tufted artificial grass PK201 carpet will be sand filled and laid by the clubs own ground staff beneath both the home and visitors team benches at the clubs Welford Road ground.
“It’s ideal” said Steve Packwood, who visited sportsequip’s Tur Langton office on behalf of Leicester Tigers especially to select the right carpet for the job.