Our new 3G synthetic turf pitch is now complete and although the grand opening will not be until early 2015, some of our students have already had the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful addition to our already impressive sporting facilities that rival any state comprehensive school in the country. The advancement in synthetic turf technology means that we now have a floodlit all-weather surface that provides the performance of a natural grass surface throughout the year, regardless of the season.
The new pitch will allow the PE Faculty to extend the range of curriculum and extra-curricular activities as well as the length of time for which they are provided. Hockey will be a major beneficiary of this pitch as well as handball and lacrosse in addition to boys and girls football and rugby. Plans are already being made with local coaches to come and further develop the talents of the students at The Blandford School. We also hope the local community will come and enjoy this fantastic facility.
Such is the advancement in synthetic turf technology, it is designed to take a studded boot rather than flat-soled trainers. Flat soles flatten the fibres over time and weaken the threads. As a result, studded boots will now become a compulsory part of the school PE kit requirements. All students will be expected to wear studded boots for lessons and extra-curricular activities on the synthetic turf pitch. They will not be allowed to wear trainers. Blades or metal studs are also not permitted on the surface as they will damage the fibres. Along with the footwear requirements we would also strongly recommend that students have shinpads and a gumshield for hockey.
We understand that these are additional costs to parents and in time we hope to develop a ‘Boots Exchange’ where parents can bring in boots that their child has grown out of and exchange for a larger pair. We are also contacting local sports clubs to ask if they have any boots they can contribute to this. Should you have any football boots that are in good condition but are no longer used, we would be very grateful for their donation. In cases of financial hardship there may be some support available through the school. Please contact Mrs White for further information.
Should you have any further concerns regarding this, please do not hesitate to contact the school, where we will be happy to discuss any issues you may have.