Blakedown Sport & Play have constructed a 106m x 73m 3G artificial turf rugby and football pitch on the same site as Whitehaven Rugby Club’s home stadium the Recreation Ground in Cumbria. Funded by the Football Foundation as the start of a grander vision to create a state-of-the-art sports village in the Pow Beck Valley, the pitch is used as a training facility by Whitehaven AFC, Whitehaven RLFC, and the wider community.
The playing surface selected for the pitch was an Edel Grass Nature 62mm sports turf laid onto an engineered tarmac base. The construction also included 6m high perimeter fencing, divider netting, and six 15m high 250lux floodlights. The project was completed with a 50-space, 1,888 square metre carpark with its own seven column floodlighting system, and an access path to the pitch.
"The surface is tremendous and the complete facility is top class from grass roots level through to international friendlies." "Many clubs using the facility have chosen to play on the artificial surface rather than the next door natural pitches. Blakedown have constructed an excellent facility with first class service."
- Club Chairman, Bill Robson
Location: Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 9DB