EVO-STIK Northern Premier League Club, Buxton FC have become the latest NPL club to select a new 3G pitch manufactured by official league pitch partners, GreenFields.
The club have followed in the footsteps of fellow NPL club, Hyde United FC by selecting a high-tech woven product- GreenFields MX Elite, a product also in situ at a number of professional stadiums and training facilities across the UK including: Arsenal FC Academy, Falkirk FC, Charlton Athletic Academy and the Scottish National Performance Centre, Oriam. GreenFields MX Elite benefits from patented woven technology resulting in an extremely high tuft bind. This forces the fibres to stand straighter providing a more natural playing experience and visual appearance.
Spurred on by the demand for increased community participation in the area paired with the need to reduce cancelled fixtures and maintain match revenue, Buxton FC made their decision to convert from a natural grass pitch to a 3G surface.
Robert Turner, Club Secretary at Buxton FC commented: “When we made the decision that we were going with a new 3G pitch we spoke to many clubs who had already got a 3G to get advice. When we saw the surface at Hyde United FC we were blown away with how natural and realistic their playing surface was. We did have meetings with our fans at the start to get comment. Mostly this was positive but we did have some fans who were sceptical, so we put them a bus on and took them all to Hyde! They too saw what we saw on our initial visit and some of them actually had to go and touch the pitch to prove to themselves that it wasn’t real grass! From this point on we knew that our new surface had to be like the one at Hyde manufactured and installed by GreenFields.”
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