• Staff writer


Updated: Dec 15, 2020

With more clubs and schools investing in artificial hockey turf pitches, Phillip Prinsloo, sales manager for Turftech, says that the pitches are also suitable to host junior cricket, recreational soccer and netball, or even general fitness sessions. Most established schools have found that traditional grass fields are not suited to modern day fitness activities as they are not level or smooth enough for a fast-paced game of hockey.

Curro Helderwyk High School has just completed the installation of the first FIH specification hockey field in Brakpan, Gauteng. The newly installed Rhino-Turf artificial hockey pitch has a much smoother, international quality playing surface and is ideal for year round practice sessions. Previously hockey wasn’t offered at the school as there was not sufficient space or facilities.

The design was undertaken by KLS Consulting Engineers, who proposed an increase in size to the existing platform at the school by means of bulk earthworks and the introduction of a vertical retaining wall with seating. The design also included an underground drainage system and pavement to address the substandard existing ground conditions. Turtech was appointed as specialist contractor to implement the works.

Construction included Rhino-Turf HF 18 artificial sand-dressed turf on a 10mm prefab shock pad, with the team also installing an underground drainage system, kerbing, paving, fencing, hand rails for the safety of spectators and soft landscaping around the perimeter of the field.

The artificial turf hockey pitch is the most water wise option, which is particularly vital with water becoming such a scarce and expensive commodity.

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