Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) Artificial Surfaces

Sport England has specified that there are 5 different types of MUGA pitches. SSL can advise on all of the surfaces detailed below, ensuring all required procedures and quality assurance standards are met.

Type 1: Tennis and Basketball

Surface material: Tarmac
Open textured porous macadam areas used for ball rebound sports where tennis is the priority and sports such as mini-tennis, netball, and basketball are secondary users. These areas are suitable for wheelchair sports although care is needed in warm weather during the first year of use.

Type 2: Netball

Surface material: Tarmac
Open textured porous macadam areas used for ball rebound sports where netball is the priority and sports such as tennis, mini-tennis, and basketball are secondary users. These areas are suitable for wheelchair sports although care is needed in warm weather during the first year of use.

Type 3: Netball and Athletics

Surface material: Polymeric
Polymeric surfaced areas used for ball rebound sports where netball is the priority and sports such as tennis, mini-tennis, and basketball are secondary users. These areas are suitable for wheelchair sports.

Type 4: 5-a-side Football and Basketball

Surface material: Polymeric
Polymeric surfaced areas used for five-a-side football, basketball and general sports and recreational training and play. Due to their greater shock absorbency and lower surface friction these areas are not recommended for tennis or netball.

Type 5: Various sports

Surface material: Synthetic Turf
Synthetic turf areas (MUGAs or STPs) surfaced with a shockpad and either sand filled or sand dressed synthetic turf or a needle-punch carpet. The areas are used for sports such as hockey, uni-hockey, five-aside football, football, lacrosse, American football and training areas for activities such as athletics and rugby union and rugby league.

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