South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, located in Bristol, has the particularity of having invested recently into installing a full-size floodlit synthetic turf rugby pitch in its campus. This field has achieved the status of World Rugby certified rugby pitch, meaning a high-performing, consistent and all-weather playing surface for rugby.
This 9,000 m2 pitch enables extensive use for the practice of rugby, a sport which often heavily damages natural grass pitches due to the repeated stomping resulting from scrummage for example. This tends to demonstrate the capacity for resistance and durability of such surface which can undergo regular rugby matches and practice for years, without any maintenance cost, only a sunk cost for its installation.
The college will be able to benefit from that pitch to attract many students passionate for rugby or aspiring to become professional in that sport. It will be used by some of the most talented young rugby players in the UK. The pitch also proved worthy as it hosted Georgia’s national rugby team training sessions during their stay in the South Gloucestershire and Stroud campus for last year’s rugby world cup.
This synthetic rugby pitch therefore happens to be perfectly suitable for elite but also for community level play, which is important.