Category Archives: Sports Equipment

Covid-19 Funding & Grants for Sports Clubs

It’s been a tough 12 months for everyone, however in today’s blog we wanted to highlight some grants and funding options that may be available to help support your sports club through another difficult period.

At the time of writing (January 2021), the majority of indoor and outdoor sports are unable to take place. This is undoubtedly incredibly frustrating for providers, participants and organisers, and of course, has knock on effects for physical and mental health. Organisers will also be feeling financial pressures too, with lower incomes and additional expenditure to meet covid-19 safety requirements when they are allowed to resume activities.

The more positive news however is that funding are grants have become available to help sports clubs adapt, survive and hopefully thrive.

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Specialist Cricket Wicket Refurbishment

Sometimes it’s more practical and cost effective to refurbish an existing cricket wicket, rather than create a completely new installation. Last week, we refurbished one such cricket wicket near Nottingham, with fantastic results.

The cricket wicket was in desperate need of repair, with poor tension in the carpet and unevenness in the base layer caused by a tractor running over the surface.

Refurbishing a cricket wicket typically involves stripping the wicket back and rejuvenating the base. New aggregate is added, then compacted and re-levelled. The shockpad is replaced and any creases in the carpet are removed. After cleaning the carpet, it too can be replaced back onto the new base and re-tensioned. The refurbished cricket wicket can then be left to settle and be ready in plenty of time for the start of the new season with a whole new lease of life.

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Stripping back the cricket wicket and rejuvenating the base.

To get more information on how we can Cricket Wicket Refurbishment at a fraction of the cost of a new installation, please see our website for more details, or contact our cricket surface specialist David Allen on 01858 545789. customer wins Wimbledon!

Wimbledon 2016 Tennis Championships

A standing ovation and huge congratulations from everyone at today go to one of our customers who lifted a winners’ trophy at the 2016 Wimbledon Championship tennis finals.

It almost goes without saying that our customer, who shall remain nameless, performed serenely throughout the tournament (sprig of lucky heather not required) and ‘andily pocketed a coveted Wimbledon title.

At we supply high quality, professional equipment that can be used from grass roots, through to the highest levels of sport, so it’s great to hear the equipment that we’ve supplied one of our customers has helped drive their fantastic success.

Football Goal Packs Now Available

Football Goal PostsBuying football goals can be a confusing process.

Firstly, there’s a range of sizes available, suitable for different levels of play (senior, junior, 9v9, 7-a-side, 5-a-side etc).

Secondly, you need to decide between socketed, freestanding or wheelaway football goals, either manufactured from steel or aluminium.

Finally, once you have found your desired goal, you may then need to find an appropriate net, clips, goal anchors, net supports and wheels to fit your selection. In all, there can be a dizzying array of choice. There are hundreds of styles and options to choose between, often creating a daunting task for an unfamiliar buyer.

Here at, we’ve tried to make this process easier.

With our new Football Goal Packs, you can now purchase complete pairs of our most popular football goals, with each pack including suitable nets and where appropriate, net supports, wheels and net clips. Simply choose the size of football goal that you require, and then find a goal pack to match your budget.

Please see our website for details and contact our sales office on 01858 545789 if you have any questions… we’re happy to help.

County Championship cricket season just around the corner

Cricket playersSpring is in the air and this can mean only one thing – the County Championship cricket season is about to start. With the first matches taking place on 12th April, you still have time to order your cricket equipment from offer a full range of cricket equipment, including DIY cricket surfaces, full surface installation, cricket cages, netting, cricket ball machines, cricket wicket covers, cricket sight screens and a range of cricket ground equipment.

We also refurbish and resurface existing surfaces, for those who feel that their cricket surface still has life in it yet.

To find out more about our full range of cricket equipment, visit

England set to host 2019 Netball World Cup

Netball playersThe International Netball Federation announced last month that the Netball World Cup will be returning to England for the third time in its 56 year history.

Liverpool will play host to the Cup, following England’s success in the city during the 2011 World Netball Series.

The announcement follows the news that over 25,000 more people play netball at least once a week compared to the previous year.

Commenting on the announcement, CEO of England Netball Joanna Adams said: “With more and more women playing the sport, this will provide a welcome incentive to build upon our momentum and increase the visibility of netball in our country.”

Netball is one of only three sports that receives Sport England funding from grassroots to elite level.

To ensure that your club or school is giving its up and coming netballers the best shot at success in 2019, invest in your club equipment now. You can find our range of netball equipment on our website with netball posts suitable for garden, training and competition use available.

What sporting events should you look out for in 2015?

As 2014 comes to a close, now’s the time for sports clubs to think about what big sporting events 2015 has to offer, and what your club could do to use these events to encourage participation.

RBS 6 Nations

February 6th to March 21st 2015

The 6 Nations will kick off a rugby union filled year in February, with England and Wales will going head to head at the Millennium Stadium on 6th February, Ireland facing Italy and Scotland taking on France.

All eyes will be on the home nations to see how they fare in preparation for the year’s main rugby event – the Rugby World Cup.


29th June to 12th July 2015

Wimbledon preparations

Following Andy Murray’s dramatic quarter final loss to Grigor Dimitrov, this year’s Wimbledon will be an opportunity to regain his crown from reigning champion Novak Djokovic.

The lead up to Wimbledon always sees numbers of people participating in tennis rocket – whether it be through a club or just booking a court, so it’s worth ensuring that nets and posts are in perfect working condition a couple of months in advance.

The Ashes

8th July to 24th August 2015

The bid to regain The Ashes from Australia will take place on English soil this year, following 2013/14’s 5-0 defeat. supply and install cricket surfaces, cages, nets and sight screens – with a variety of options available for clubs and schools alike.

IPC Athletics World Championships

22nd to 31st October 2015

Whilst the International Paralympic Committee’s World Championships will be held in Qatar in October, the marathon events will take place on 26th April at the London Marathon.

The next IPC World Championship is set to take place at London’s Olympic Stadium in 2017, so this event will give a taste of what’s to come for British Paralympic athletics.

Rugby World Cup

18th September to 31st October 2015

The 2015 Rugby World Cup returns to the home of rugby, where 20 nations will compete for the Webb Ellis Cup over 6 weeks. England will face tough competition from their group, with fixtures scheduled against Wales and Australia.

FA’s Women’s and Girl’s Programme exceeds target in 2014

Girl kicking a footballIt has been revealed that the FA’s Women’s and Girl’s Programme exceeded its project target and helped nearly 21,000 14-25 years olds get into football in 2014.

Launched in October 2013, the FA worked with Sport England, the Premier League and the Football League Trust to provide grassroots football sessions for women and girls.

Sport England Chief Executive Jennie Price said: “We know women play less sport than men but most would like to do more. In fact, almost 120,000 women tell us that they want to play football. But the opportunities have to be right for those women to turn ambition into a reality.”

The programme is just one part of the FA’s strategy on growing participation figures for women’s football, in support of its vision to be the 2nd largest team sport after men’s football by 2018.

Kelly Simmons, FA director of national game and women’s football commented on the scheme: “One of our biggest challenges, apart from attracting new players, is retention, so programmes like this which run for long periods of time, will certainly help us tackle that and help women’s football to become the second most-played sport in the country.”

FA launches £230m revolution in grass roots facilities

Footballers legsThe Football Association has recently launched ‘a revolution in grass-roots facilities and coaching’, with plans to build trust-run ‘hubs’ filled with 3G pitches on local authority sites in 30 UK cities.

This follows chairman Greg Dyke’s £750,000 Commission into why English football has been struggling. The Commission looked into youth-development issues, and why home grown talent was struggling to get into the first teams in the Premier League.

The Commission has pledged that by 2020, football hubs will be established in 30 cities, by replacing derelict local authority grass pitches with artificial grass pitches.

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American football touches down in Wembley

Harrod UK's International NFL American football posts at Wembley Stadium.
Harrod UK’s International NFL American football posts at Wembley Stadium.

With three of the NFL’s American football games taking place at Wembley in the last three months, it’s clear that American football has an increasingly large following in the UK – with spectators lining the streets of London to catch a glimpse of their favourite teams.

The Oakland Raiders took on the Miami Dolphins in late September, with the Atlanta Falcons playing the Detroit Lions on 26th October. The Jacksonville Jaguars, who have committed to playing a game at Wembley each year until 2016, met the Dallas Cowboys on 9th November.

But, did you know that the American football posts used at Wembley are Harrod UK’s International American Football NFL Posts? The posts have been designed to both National Football League and British American Football Association (BAFA) regulations.

Don’t have a pitch or venue quite as large as Wembley? We can still help, as we also supply Harrod UK’s Club American Football Posts, which are suitable for use at school or club level, and approved by the BAFA.