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    Posted: 21 Dec 2018 at 11:30
A little news from Coventry today...

As part of our exciting redevelopment plans for Butts Park Arena we are considering replacing the main pitch with a synthetic pitch (AGP) in the Spring of 2019. At this stage we are looking for some budget prices prior to a formal selection process for an appropriate contractor. The proposed new pitch is to conform to World Rugby, FIFA and Rugby League surface and safety standards. We also intend to use the space for several other sports and activities to allow Butts Park Arena to become the centre for community multi sport activity for the people of Coventry and surrounding areas.

To request a bill of quantities document please contact: njohnston@coventryrugby.co.uk
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I suggest you (Cov) speak to clubs who have had a free pitch installed by the RFU. They're allegedly not all they're made up to be - almost useless in fact and some bad skin injuries have arisen. 

58% of teams who had a free RFU pitch have seen their league performance suffer badly as the players are unused to playing on grass when playing away.

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Coventry aren't going near the RFU 'free' pitch route. 

Apart from any issues to do with the specification of the pitch, the commercials of the 'free' pitch would result in the club having to pay the RFU to train on it any time outside the basic hours. They would also have to pay the RFU to host the external matches that are currently played on the grass pitch.
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Donny did their own, it is beautiful to look at and will ensure community sports can be played all year round and supply a good practice pitch when the weather is inclement / when we are to play teams who have artificial surfaces
Onward and Upwards C'mon Donny!
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Originally posted by FHLH FHLH wrote:

I suggest you (Cov) speak to clubs who have had a free pitch installed by the RFU. They're allegedly not all they're made up to be - almost useless in fact and some bad skin injuries have arisen. 

58% of teams who had a free RFU pitch have seen their league performance suffer badly as the players are unused to playing on grass when playing away.

Just saying ..........


You got a link to that? It'd be interesting to read.

Our form has actually improved since the installation of the AGP, and as far as I'm aware there haven't been any major injuries blamed on the pitch.

When we held a vote on adopting the RFU AGP, a lot of us were swayed by the players wanting the new pitch - I can certainly say that was the deciding factor for me. They are the ones playing on it, and if they're fully behind it then so am I.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Bill Sley Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Dec 2018 at 17:44
The RFU look to have suspended (possibly permanently) the artificial pitch initiative...……...presumably connected with the squeeze on finances
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote MikeGC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Dec 2018 at 18:03
Originally posted by FHLH FHLH wrote:

I suggest you (Cov) speak to clubs who have had a free pitch installed by the RFU. They're allegedly not all they're made up to be - almost useless in fact and some bad skin injuries have arisen. 

58% of teams who had a free RFU pitch have seen their league performance suffer badly as the players are unused to playing on grass when playing away.

Just saying ..........


I'd be interested in the documentation on this.

We've had a 3G pitch for 8 years and very, very rarely see skin burns (and no worse than a very early or very late grass pitch), it’s much to do with excellent maintenance (just like a grass pitch)

Locally, Kendall and Penrith seem to be in excellent form and both have RFU pitches.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote KnightsBoy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Dec 2018 at 18:30
I still think Grass is best
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Originally posted by KnightsBoy KnightsBoy wrote:

I still think Grass is best


Yes a decent grass pitch is and generally improved their grass pitches but some of them are still cow fields in the winter.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote OldNick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Dec 2018 at 18:59
Cov are in the city centre, and have a single pitch. As well as playing on it, and holding one training session a week there, it is used by a football team, a rugby league team, and to host a number of local tournament finals. At present they are renting an offsite training pitch from a local school. There are a couple of schools close by with no playing fields.

The aim of going artificial is to allow the club to train on site, and to increase the use of the ground and the pitch. It is all part of keeping the club sustainable.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Deva Delinquent Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Dec 2018 at 22:34
Our pitch seems to be getting some good use from other local teams. The money goes straight to the RFU, but that was always the deal.

Had we been in a position to do it ourselves, the pitch would be a nice little earner. However, the cost of installing it were high and out of our reach. Those with deeper pockets will definitely see a benefit by doing it themselves.

Sounds like Cov will really benefit from it.
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