MUGA's (Multi-Use Games Areas)

Why you need a MUGA in your facility

Multi-Use Games Areas (MUGAs) have grown in popularity at a swift rate over the past few years and for a wide range of sporting activities. There are so many advantages to constructing a MUGA sports pitch that it’s little wonder these types of surfaces are overtaking the more traditional real turf pitches in popularity.

When you consider the wide variety of sports that can be played year-round and the fact that it requires very little maintenance makes perfect financial sense.

Here are 7 benefits to installing a MUGA in your facility;

 

  1. Can be used for Multiple Sports

The biggest benefit. The space is multi-use making it a fantastic investment as it means that rather than having to finance and build multiple games surfaces, a MUGA can be used to host a variety of sports on one surface. Not only does this save money, but it’s also perfect for small spaces.

Most sports can be played on a MUGA sports pitch: including football, rugby, cricket, netball, tennis, badminton, basketball and athletics.

  1. Low Maintenance Costs

Another major benefit of a MUGA surface is that they are low maintenance because of the artificial surface.

Synthetic grass for football and rugby. Sand filled or sand dressed artificial turf for multi-sports, including hockey. Needlepunch fibre bonded turf which can be installed in a range of bright colours for football, hockey and athletics. Macadam and polymeric court surfacing: for football, tennis, netball and basketball.

On-going maintenance costs are minimal (in comparison to real grass pitches). The amount of maintenance hours required are also drastically lower.

We offer a range of maintenance packages suited to your budget to keep your new surface in top, playable condition.

  1. Can be played on 24 hours a Day, 365 Days of the Year

When compared to real grass surfacing, a major advantage is the fact that this type of surfacing can be used around the clock. This makes a MUGA surface a fantastic investment for sports clubs, recreation centres and schools, as play hours are at their maximum.

One of the biggest frustrations with real turf pitches is that winter play can be very different to summer play. Most real grass pitches are waterlogged during the winter and dry and patchy during the summer months, offering vastly different playing experiences. A MUGA surface looks and performs exactly the same way in the summer as they do in the winter months allowing any rainfall to rapidly drain through the surface.

  1. Reduces the chance of injury

The earliest form of MUGA surfacing was macadam. However, this form of MUGA can be abrasive and result in cuts and grazes for partakers.

More recently, synthetic turf and polymeric surfacing have become far more desirable than macadam, reducing the chance of injury.

Both of these types of surfacing (synthetic turf in particular) are far less abrasive and if slips and trips occur, there is far less chance of cuts and grazes resulting from it.

Polymeric surfacing is also soft and springy minimising the risk of sprained ankles and the impact on joints.

  1. It’s long lasting

MUGA sports pitches are long-lasting alternatives to real grass pitches. Depending on the type of surface and the level of usage, most MUGA pitches have a lifespan of at least 10 years.

When you consider that they can be played on almost 24 hours a day (with minimal maintenance), there is a boundless amount of potential playing hours, making MUGAs a great long-term investment compared to a real grass pitch.

  1. Encourages exercise within the local community

Having a high-quality sports pitch in the local community encourages people to take part in sports and physical exercise on a regular basis. Playing on poor quality pitches can be demotivating for participants.

MUGAs are designed for multiple sports and will cater for many different sports, rather than limiting players to a single option.

Overall, it will help to encourage more members from the local community to get together and play within a team environment.

  1. Improves Mental Health

As well as the physical benefits associated with playing sport, it is also a very sociable experience. A great way to meet new people, playing sport helps give players a sense of pride and the ability to work and interact as part of a team.

Physical exercise can also help with our general wellbeing, aiding stress, low mood and anxiety.

Surface options

Worn out sports pitches and courts can be resurfaced using a range of different synthetic surface types, including:

  • 3G rubber infilled synthetic grass for football and rugby
  • 2G sand filled or sand dressed artificial turf for multi-sports including hockey
  • Needlepunch fibre bonded turf which can be installed in a range of bright colours for football, hockey and athletics.
  • Macadam and polymeric court surfacing for football, tennis netball and basketball

Maintenance

Once the multi-use games area has been upgraded, it’s important to keep it regularly maintained to prevent damage and ensure the quality is kept as high as possible. We offer maintenance services which are suited to each surface type to help keep your MUGA facility in top condition, these services include drag brushing, chemical treatments, infill distribution and repainting to keep line markings clear and accurate. It is recommended that you always take a proactive approach to maintenance to keep your MUGA surface in top condition.

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