Sports bodies work together in new agreement on artificial grass pitches

AGP article


England Hockey have worked alongside The Football Foundation, The Football Association, Rugby Football Union and Sport England to establish a procurement and installation process to provide consistent quality and cost for the instillation of artificial grass pitches (AGPs) across the country.

With an increased demand for AGPs across all sports, the Framework Agreement has brought together suppliers – selected on their expertise through a tendering process, to ensure the delivery of quality AGPs that are value for money.

Robinson Low Francis LLP have been appointed as the Framework Managing Consultant working in partnership with Labosport Ltd and Surfacing Standards Ltd. who will provide technical design, inspection and accredited testing services.  Six suppliers and installers will sit on this Framework and will undertake all of the work, these are: Fieldturf Tarkett SAS; Lano Sports NV; Limonta Smith JV Ltd.; Support in Sport (UK) Ltd.; TigerTurf (UK) Ltd and Thornton Sports Ltd.

This latest Framework Agreement follows on from an initial framework established in 2010 by the Football Foundation, the Football Association and Rugby Football Union to address concerns over quality of pitches and inconsistency in delivery through a multi sport partnership; a framework that delivered 120 new AGPs over its four year term.

The Framework covers a range of artificial surfaces, including sand filled, sand dressed and water-based, as well as third generation (3G) and is now accessible to an extensive list of Contracting Authorities, including Local Authorities, Schools and other Sporting Bodies irrespective of where the funding originates from.

Kirsty Goldie-Brammer, National Manager of Clubs and Facilities at England Hockey said: “This framework agreement is a step forward for all sports.  We are looking forward to being part of the new AGP framework alongside the FA, Football Foundation, RFU and Sport England.  The framework will provide an opportunity for hockey providers to drive economy and efficiency for the development of their new hockey appropriate pitches."

For more information contact:
Gary Limbert on gary.limbert@englandhockey.co.uk or facilities@englandhockey.co.uk.