Hockey Pitches

Approximately 1 in 10 of the hockey pitches in England that currently hold FIH certification have benefitted from SSL’s consultancy services.

Our knowledge of new build hockey pitch construction and refurbishment of existing facilities is second-to-none.

There are a number of surface options available for hockey pitches, with a large number of manufacturers providing products for each surface type.

We’ve outlined some brief information about each of the options below. As independent consultants, our services have proved invaluable to our client base, in particular hockey clubs, schools, universities and local authorities.

We would be happy to talk through the different surfaces, improvements in surface design/manufacturing techniques and ultimately advise what would be best for the requirements of your facility and its users.

If you have an existing pitch that you need expert advice with regards to resurface options, or require a detailed condition survey to provide you with a report explaining your options moving forwards, including outline costings, please get in touch with the SSL team.

Sand filled surface

A turf surface of woven, tufted or knitted synthetic material fully supported or stabilised by the addition of filling material to the full depth of the pile to help maintain its height. The height of this artificial surface is the highest of the options outlined on this page. We include within our design a top quality material with well-rounded particles that means your pitch has adequate drainage at all times.

Sand dressed surface

A turf surface of woven, tufted or knitted synthetic material partly supported by a filling material such as sand. The filling material will be between 65% and 80% of the pile depth to help retain its height. The pile is more dense in this surface from others, but the pile is also not as high. With less sand infill, the hockey ball rolls off the turf fibres which in turn enables a truer ball roll.

Water based (unfilled) surface

A turf surface comprising a very dense woven, tufted or knitted synthetic pile of a short length material. It is essential that this surface is kept wet during play – this helps to ensure not just the safety of players but also the quality of the playing surface. Keeping the surface wet will also help to ensure the longevity of the pitch.