Category Archives: Surfacing

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.

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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Building the Library – Non-Turf Cricket Wickets

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Long time customers of will already be aware that the Downloads section of our website contains a veritable goldmine of useful product information and installation/maintenance tips/instructions. Over the last few weeks, we’ve been steadily refreshing our library of datasheets and creating new downloadable/printable PDF’s that can be stored for future reference or even used out in the field.

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Leicestershire based sports equipment and synthetic sports surface suppliers recently successfully resurfaced the existing granular rubber surfaced multi sports court at Northfields Play Association.

The installation was successfully completed within the tight time frame provided whilst the main building was closed for re roofing.

The works included patch repairing the existing rubber crumb surface before installing a brand new sand filled needle punch carpet over the top. In this way the old rubber surface was preserved and lives on as a rubber shock pad beneath the new carpet. The new carpet had inlaid lines installed for basketball and 5 a side football.

Contact if you have a MUGA that needs resurfacing or upgrading.

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Mammoth wet pour playground surface installation

Wet pour play surface installers have laid a mammoth playground surface at Watermead Park, Leicester for Leicester City Council. Not huge, only about 25m² but it really is underneath a Mammoth.

The concrete structure stands in pride of place atop a hill overlooking the lakes created from old gravel workings to the north of the city. Now established as one of Leicester’s premier parks the Council’s Highway Engineers rightly decided that as the concrete mammoth was being climbed and played on by children, this presented the risk of falls. So they called upon the expert services of, their regular play surfacing suppliers, who quickly installed their tested Compliant wet pour surfacing system. successfully tender for Bromley Wet Pour play surfacing has recently been awarded another contract for the London Borough of Bromley to resurface four more of its playgrounds with their Compliant Wet Pour rubber impact absorbing playground surface.

Compliant Wetpour is fully independently tested to the current playground standard BSEN1177 as well as undergoing additional testing for tensile strength and elongation ensuring that the product is as safe and hard wearing as anything available on the UK market.

Compliant Wetpour is available in a range of thicknesses to suit different height equipment and can be finished in either black recycled EPDM rubber or bright coloured EPDM rubber including red, blue, green and yellow.

On two of the Bromley sites are inlaying intricate designs into the wetpour surface using coloured rubber. Widmore Recreation Ground in Bromley has a “space” theme with planets, spaceman and rockets inlaid. Biggin Hill Recreation Ground close to the famous WWII airfield has inlaid Spitfire aeroplanes included as a tribute to its Battle of Britain heritage.

Work on the surfacing started on site at the begining of December 2009.

Compliant Wetpour is one of a range of playground surfaces offer which also include Rubber Play Tiles and Grass Grow Through safagrass Tiles of which full details are provided on our web site on and gain Constructionline approved status

Boyd Sport & Play Ltd trading as have been approved by Constructionline, the UKs largest register of pre-qualified contractors for the construction industry. The government backed Constructionline scheme carries out numerous checks on registering companies including organisational, financial and Health and Safety checks as well as seeking references from past customers to check satisfaction and performance.

By using a Constructionline registered company a client can be assured that regular health checks have been undertaken on the contractor who should perform to suitable standards.

In addition to Constructionline which joined in late 2009 the company are also long standing members of SAPCA (Sports and Play Constructors Association)  the TIA (Tennis Industry Association) and the consumer protection schemes Shopsafe and Safebuy offer full installation services throughout the UK for Football posts, Rugby posts, Basketball posts, Tennis posts, Artificial Cricket Wickets, Cricket Practice Cages, Cricket Nets, Compliant Playground Surfaces (wet pour, play tiles, safagrass tiles) Long Jump Runways and Landing Pits, Fitness Trails, and Physical Training PT Trails

For more information on Constructionline follow the link

Leicester Tigers choose artificial grass carpet

The world famous Leicester Tigers rugby team will be sitting pretty this season, on artificial grass supplied by local Leicestershire synthetic surfacing specialists 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.

Further details on the range of artificial grasses can be found on