Decide on the principal activities
Accept that no one surface is perfect for all uses
Get agreement that a compromise will be necessary

Surface Choice Guidlines

Multi-use Games Areas - MUGA

The table and text reproduced below is with the kind permission of SAPCA (The Sports and Play Construction Association) from the document "Guide to the Design, Specification & Construction of Multi Use Games Areas (MUGAs) including Multi-Sport Synthetic Turf Pitches (STPs) Part 1".

The table identifies the general suitability of [the] main types of playing surface discussed in these guidelines for a range of sports, although this will also depend on the standard of play that is intended. Please note that these descriptions are provided as a general guide only and are not necessarily indicative of the views or requirements of individual National Governing Bodies of sport.

  MUGA Type
Sports Surface 5-a-side Football Tennis Mini Tennis Netball Basketball Hockey Rugby Training Athletics Training Football Training
Macadam (Type 1) 4 1 1 2 1 4 4 4 4
Macadam (Type 2) 4 2 2 1 2 4 4 4 4
Polymeric (Type 3) 3 2 2 1 2 3 4 3 3
Polymeric (Type 4) 2 3 3 3 2 3 3 1 2
Sand filled synthetic turf (Type 5a) 1 4 4 4 4 1 2 3 1
Sand filled synthetic turf (Type 5b) 2 3 3 4 3 1 3 3 2
Needle- punch synthetic turf (Type 5c) 2 3 3 4 3 2 3 3 2

New range of artificial grass launched. The range includes 3G and sand-filled types providing excellent surfaces for football, rugby and multi-sport pitches. The range of synthetic grasses comes with lighting, fencing and equipment options.

SportTop hits Dulwich! A SportTop pitch has been installed at Alleyns School in Dulwich, London. The 700sqm court was completed in May this year and is providing an outdoor netball facility for the school. The durable MUGA surface has been installed to meet the demands of both inter house and inter school matches.

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