There are a number of different athletics facilities which we can install for schools, clubs and leisure centres across the UK. As experienced athletics track specialists, our team have worked on a variety of installation and maintenance projects for both recreational and professional tracks. Below is some more information on the different surfaces and facilities we have available.
If you have any questions about the services we offer please feel free to contact our team for more details. We’d be happy to give you some product sheets and case studies of our previous work. Just fill in the contact form and let us know what you’re looking for so we can get back to you with some professional advice.
Athletics Running Tracks
We install athletics tracks for a number of different organisations in a range of designs and specifications to suit each budget. The two main surface types we install for athletics tracks are:
Polymeric Rubber Surfacing – This surface type is traditionally installed for professional athletics clubs and for competitive events. The polymeric track surface is made up of EPDM rubber granules which are mixed together with a binder and poured out onto a macadam base. Polymeric surfacing can be installed in a range of depths and area sizes to fit with the individual specification of each project.
The rubber flooring specification can come in a number of colours including red and blue so you can create a bespoke design. It is ideal for competitions and training for a variety of running and jumping events. Feel free to contact our team for more information on the costs for installing this kind of facility.
Needlepunch Synthetic Turf – This fibre bonded artificial grass surface type is extremely durable and long lasting and can be installed in a variety of bright colours and stripe designs. A layer of sand infill is installed within the woven turf carpet to keep the fibres upright and enhance the performance qualities. Many primary schools in the UK choose to have the needlepunch surfacing installed as it creates a softer landing surface to protect young kids from trips and falls whilst using the athletics facility.
We can also apply line markings for both of these surface types to distinguish between separate numbered lanes and to enable accurate scoring for races and competitive events as well as for training with different sports. These can be applied in different colours as well to ensure they are clear to see.
Maintenance of Athletic Facilities
We offer a number of professional maintenance services to help look after athletics tracks and facilities in a wide range of specifications. The maintenance we carry out could include pressure washing for polymeric surfaces, rejuvenation of sand infill for needlepunch synthetic turf, removal of dirt and debris from sand landing pits. We can also provide extra equipment to help you keep your athletics facility free from damage, including sand pit rakes and covers. Click here to find out more information on maintenance of athletics facilities and what you can do to keep the surface in top condition – https://www.sportsandsafetysurfaces.co.uk/athletics/athletics-track/repairs/ shows you all the ongoing repairs and maintenance of athletics facilities.
If you’d like any further information about the athletics facilities we install, take a look through the pages on the ‘athletics’ tab to find what you’re looking for. You can also send us an enquiry through filling in our contact form with as much detail as possible about your project. One of our experienced staff members will be happy to get back to you with some helpful advice in regards to costs and specifications.
Sand Infilled Turf Specification
These 2G sports pitches have become very popular in the UK in recent years. This is because many schools, colleges and sports clubs are choosing to replace old, muddy grass surfaces with a brand new artificial grass facility. The sand filled specification requires less maintenance than natural grass and still provides excellent playing characteristics. Sand filled sports surfacing can provide good water drainage to prevent flooding and damage to the pitch. Because of this, the facility can be used all year round and in all weather conditions which is a great quality for schools and colleges.
As a primary surface, this is perfect for hockey as it meets the FIH governing body accreditations however it will also meet ITF and LTA standards for tennis. The 2G turf can also marked with football, netball and athletics line marking amongst others making this a perfects all round surface for schools, colleges, universities, leisure centres and sports clubs across the UK.
Installing a Sand Filled Pitch
Our team can install brand new 2G surfaces in many locations to create diverse sports facilities. The sand filled pitch construction process involves preparing the groundworks, laying the synthetic turf carpet and securing it at the joints and edges. We’ll also apply the sand infill evenly across the pitch to help keep the turf fibres upright and stable. Our team have completed many of these projects so you can be sure that the final result will be a top quality sports surface. We can also supply additional features such as floodlighting and rebound fencing to extend the usage of your pitch, making it suitable for evening matches and training.
The costs of installing a sand filled synthetic grass sports pitch can vary greatly depending on the specification and dimensions of each project and the existing conditions of the surface. If you require equipment such as floodlighting and rebound fencing this will also have an impact on the cost, however installing these extra features can help to increase revenue for your organisation as it means the facility can be rented out during non daylight hours for evening training sessions and matches.
Woodhouse grove school
Soft Surfaces won a competitive tender to supply and install a new 6528 m² all weather pitch, marked for football, rugby union and three 5-a-side pitches. There is storage at one end for posts and equipment and the complex is enclosed by a 3m high rebound fence. Lighting columns were erected along the perimeter, and lighting bollards to the access path. A large-scale earthworks scheme was undertaken to create a plateau some 900mm above the 100-year flood level in order to accommodate the pitch. SS worked over weekends and during the normal Christmas shutdown to minimise delays.
When AFC Bournemouth wanted to create a new training surface, we looked into the various options. We discussed the performance and playing characteristics of a variety of surfaces. In the summer, we chose a 3G surface (Rhino Turf VT40) which was supplied and installed by Soft Surfaces Ltd. We chose the Rebounce shock-pad to compliment the VT40 surface, as it met the performance, quality and the most natural appearance – so much more realistic in looks, feel and performance than other synthetic surfaces. We have found Soft Surfaces to be very professional and easy to deal and work with.
Banister Primary School
We believe we received good value for money by opting to use Soft Surfaces and would like to thank the team for making it painless and stress-free installation experience. We were particularly impressed with the degree of flexibility your exercised as we wanted to change the perimeter area. It’s also important that I state how impressed we were with the cleanliness and tidiness of the work; the site was spotless upon completion. Likewise, the after service has been good and we appreciate that you’ve stayed in touch to make sure we were pleased with the end product. In summary i would be happy to reccomend Soft Surfaces without hesitation or reservation; it was a pleasure doing business with you!
Activity For All
Soft Surfaces came to run a brief presentation on the advantages of their product and why he felt that this was best value and straight away we understood what we was getting as a product, service and installation. I am more than happy with how the project ran with it being delivered ontime, within budget and now have a great football artificial 3G surface. I would strongly recommend dealing with James Dooley at Soft Surfaces who will talk you through the various costs, specifications and finer details because would definitely like to point out that the cheapest is not always the best value. Massive thank you to the team for providing us now with a thriving new facility!
Golborne High School
I would like to express my thanks to all the staff at Soft Surfaces Ltd for helping our school in the upgrade of our MUGA flooring. We were experiencing serious problems with contaminated sand causing flooding and making the surface dangerous under foot. You undertook a site visit and carried out an infill contamination assessment to investigate the problems. This identified that the sand infill needed replacing to bring the facility back to its correct playing characteristics and porous again. The PE staff in school are extremely impressed with the impact of the work undertaken and have commented that it has made a significant improvement to the MUGA surface. I would certainly recommend Soft Surfaces!
Long Jump Runways
The long jump runway surfacing can be installed in the same surface types as athletics running tracks – polymeric rubber or needlepunch synthetic turf. This kind of facility will usually feature a run up track with a sand pit at the end. The athlete will run along the track up to a marked out line and then jump into the pit. We can install these runways in a variety of sizes to suit your budget and existing outdoor space.
Triple Jump Runways
The triple jump runways we install will usually be similar to the long jump tracks and made from the same surfaces. Many organisations choose to have a muti use facility which can be used for both long jump and triple jump activities. We are also able to fit multi lane and dual purpose areas which have a full run up and a practise run up on different sides of the sand pit. This is perfect for using the space efficiently and helps to cut costs as you won’t need to have multiple landing pits installed.
We also install the sand landing pits for these athletics facilities in a number of sizes and specifications. The sand pit is extremely important as it allows accurate jump scores to be taken and also gives a safe area for the athlete to land once they have completed their jump. These can also be customised to fit within a particular space, to make sure you’ve got the perfect facility.
High Jump Fans
Needlepunch artificial turf and polymeric EPDM rubber are also the primary surface types that are used in the high jump services we carry out. These surface specifications provide great grip and traction for high jump events, therefore creating good performance characteristics for high jump athletes during training and competitions. The overall designs and specifications can be altered to suit your budget, and we can be very flexible on the construction process.
Many schools and clubs choose to have these high jump fans constructed, and there are many designs that we can offer. For schools and recreational facilities we would recommend the Multisport needlepunch surfacing as this offers a softer feel and is generally better suited to children. If you are looking to install a surface for competitive events or club level training, the polymeric rubber flooring would be the best option as this offers professional standards.
Please let us know if you would like some more information on either of these specifications. One of our experts will get back to you as soon as possible with any product sheets or case studies you need.
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