Playrite case study: Edenhurst Preparatory School

Playrite explains how they guided a prep school through the process of choosing and installing a new sports surface

There are so many things to consider when choosing a new synthetic sports surface. Durability, performance, maintenance; it can get confusing and becomes very easy to make a wrong decision.

We try to guide our customers in choosing the best surface for their requirements, which is what we did when headteacher of Edenhurst Preparatory School Nick Copestick contacted us to upgrade the school’s tired macadam sports surface.

The Newcastle-under-Lyme school’s ethos is on nurturing, inspiring and helping the students achieve.

The school wants the best for its pupils and was keen to introduce a new surface for its sporting requirements.

The surface needed to cover a wide variety of sports to be played on but remain low maintenance. Our Matchplay 2 was the obvious choice although Copestick required further convincing by our Rob Rhodes, who demonstrated the unique playing characteristics along with all the benefits that Matchplay 2 has to offer in a high-level sports surface, including its low-maintenance appeal.

Bradley Surfacing Systems, which works alongside us on a number of projects, was then introduced to Copestick, and carried out the installation through to completion in autumn 2016.

Having recently received an update from the school which confirmed the facility is being used on a daily basis and that the new surface has added an extra dimension to the range of external facilities that they are now able to offer to their pupils, Matchplay 2 has been a great benefit in enhancing the school’s outdoor play facilities.

One of Copestick’s influencing decisions was the fact he could source the surface from a UK manufacturer, with a local installation team that can be on hand at short notice. Another great example of ‘Made in Britain’.

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