Sand-dressed artificial turf is a high specification synthetic sports surface designed specifically for fast paced hockey. Unlike sand-filled (astroturf) pitches, the playing surface is only partially filled (usually about two-thirds of the pile height) so the game is played on the sports carpet, not the sand infill.
Sand-dressed systems usually have a pile height of between 18 and 22mm and can be accredited with an FIH certificate: FIH Global certification is mandatory for all surfaces that host international-level competitions and tournaments. FIH National certification is suitable for national and regional hockey competition.
Sand-dressed pitch at Magdalen College School
Sand-dressed pitch at The Leys School, Cambridge
Sand-dressed hockey pitch construction
Desso Trophy sand-dressed hockey turf
Sand-dressed pitch used for football and hockey
Sand-dressed hockey pitch at Aldersley Leisure Village near Wolverhampton
Sand-dressed hockey pitch at Bedford Hockey Club
Laying the stone base for a sand-dressed hockey pitch
Sand-dressed hockey pitch at Nottingham University
Opening a community 3G pitch buit by Blakedown
Hockey game on an FIH International standard sand-dressed pitch
Artificial turf pitch used for hockey
Blakedown Sport & Play is one of the largest and longest established sports pitch construction companies in the UK.
We specialise in synthetic surfaces and have highly skilled and experienced teams which can construct every element of a sand-dressed pitch: from the foundation works to ancillary components such as fencing, floodlighting, spectator stands and access ways, even clubhouses, changing blocks and landscaping to give finishing touches to a project.
Having successfully resurfaced their sand-filled pitch, Blakedown were appointed by Dauntsey's School in Wiltshire to construct a new, FIH-certified, sand-dressed hockey pitch measuring 101.5m x 63m.
The surface comprised a 12mm shockpad laid onto an Engineered macadam layer, with Edel's LSR/NDR selected as the playing surface, which also accommodates tennis and football. Adjacent to the main pitch, Blakedown also installed a sand-dressed hockey training facility, and fitted both surfaces with a new sports fencing system.
A sand-dressed surface is ideal for hockey clubs, universities, colleges, academies and schools that want to introduce a higher level of performance to their game.
The denser turf fibres of the highest standard sand-dressed systems are known as 'knit-de-knit' - a textiling term meaning they are woven to be 'non-directional', thus the ball rolls more freely over the surface making the game fast and intense. Tennis, football, netball, volleyball, basketball, badminton, and athletics can all be played on a sand-dressed surface.