HG Turf Group has been announced as the official supplier of hybrid grass by Football NSW in Australia.
Football NSW and HG Turf Group already have a strong relationship, with HG Turf Group building the two FIFA certified synthetic turf pitches at Valentine Sports Park (VSP) in 2014. Since their opening, these synthetic turf pitches are heavily utilised and have increased the capacity of usage of the facility.
To improve the durability and performance of the natural grass pitches at VSP, HG Turf Group approached Football NSW with SISGrass, a Hybrid Grass solution.
SISGrass is just one of the many hybrid solutions I discussed in this article.
SISGrass uses needles to push artificial grass fibres into natural grass. The resulting mix of 95% natural grass and 5% artificial grass improves the stability and durability of the natural grass, providing up to three times more playing hours. It also improves the playability of the natural grass, with optimum ball roll and ball bounce, and ideal footing when turning and sliding.
To demonstrate the effectiveness of SISGrass, HG Turf Group installed the turf solution at VSP through the centre corridor of Field One and in both goal mouths of Field Four.
Welcoming the partnership with HG Turf Group, Football NSW Chief Executive, Stuart Hodge advised “the SISGrass hybrid solution synergises with the NSW Football Infrastructure Strategy and the key pillar, ‘improve existing venue capacity’. Maximising the carrying capacity and activation of existing Football pitches and venues is a key objective.
“With the installation at Valentine Sports Park, Football NSW Associations and Clubs, as well as local Councils, can inspect our venue to see the SISGrass technology and its benefits first hand. We look forward to working with HG Turf Group to introduce their products to the wider football community.”
HG Turf Group owner and Director Hamish Sutherland thanked Football NSW for the opportunity, adding “we are very fortunate to be partnering with Football NSW again. Football NSW advances football in so many ways, and the installation of SISGrass at Valentine Sports Park has created a new standard for natural grass pitches.
“By protecting the natural grass, SISGras® delivers increased usage, durability, consistency, and better play, all year-round. Associations and Clubs can also enjoy the benefits of SISGrass.”
HG Turf Group has improved the quality of sport fields across Australia and New Zealand since 1999. Some of their most significant installations including AAMI Park, Bankwest Stadium, Eden Park, Gabba, MCG, Perth’s Optus Stadium, Wellington’s Sky Stadium and Sydney’s Stadium Australia.
International sporting events have also used the Group’s hybrid grass, including the Olympic Games 2000, AFC Asian Cup 2015, Commonwealth Games 2006 and 2018 and Rugby World Cups 2003, 2011 and 2019.
Football NSW’s goal is to grow, develop, promote and service football for the 345,000 participants in NSW.