For any sports facility, whether in school or sports club it is important to comply with all safety specification put in place. Fulfilling the need of both authorities of sports facilities and sports people, MUGA sports pitches need installation of specific sports surfaces which meet the diverse make of the ground.
The authorities of sports facilities have to meet a variety of sporting requirements, keeping in mind the budget and space restraints which sometimes don’t allow for meeting the individual sporting needs. Therefore, they build a facility that supports multiple sports activities where a sports-person can participate in a number of sports such as football, basketball, tennis, hockey and more. Such facilities, known as Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) sports pitches, meet the demands of athletes and sports people.
Due to its potential, MUGA sports pitches are increasingly found at various sports facilities. It makes more sense to have a field that provides multiple playing areas in one field rather than having a different field for each sport as it reduces the expenses of building and maintaining that many fields.
Apart from the equipment, the basic necessity for every sports facility is the safety standards which must be adhered to by the playgrounds. MUGA is created as per the Sports England guidelines, the authorities also have to ensure that it meets the performance and durability demands of players. Whether a school ground, sports club, local authority or any other, you have to provide a safer playground while keeping up with the requirements and specifications.
The market is flooded with a number of MUGA sports pitches surfacing such as Polymer, Synthetic, Macadam, etc., wherein, choosing the right surfacing is the most important and confusing decision you will have to make. Prior to selecting, you have to take into account a few things like wear and tear, its endurance and the safety concerns. Polymeric surfacing is suitable for netball pitches, tennis courts, basketball pitches, five-a-side football pitches, and athletics such as long jump run ups, pitch and putt golf and crazy golf courses.
The polymeric surfacing is the most preferred one for MUGA sports pitches, because of its slip-resistant feature along with the cushioned underfoot feel. Most commonly used in netball courts, tennis courts, basketball, and more. The most commonly used polymeric surfacing are type 3 MUGA and type 4 MUGA, both are constructed using different specifications that provide a diverse level of playing characteristics.
This specification is mostly used for netball but is applied to other sports fields such as athletic tracks, long jump and triple jumps run-ups, etc. It’s because of the anti-slip features of the EPDM spray coating which meets the Sports England standards.