Preparation work done at Olympic football sites will ensure lasting legacy for universities and sports clubs, says STRI

Pitches used by Olympic football teams at universities and colleges across the UK were transformed by a project team led by the Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI).

STRI worked with several partners on 24 training pitches used by the Olympic football teams this summer at colleges such as Newcastle and Strathclyde universities, Manchester Grammar School and Long Lane Juniors Football Club in London.

Work involved irrigation, drainage and surface renovation programmes at each of the training venues from September 2011 in readiness for this summer’s Olympics. The improvements will benefit the teams that play on them for several years to come.

Everris provided seed, fertiliser, growth regulator and wetting agents, Ransomes Jacobsen supplied mowers, Bowcom provided line-marking paint and ground-drying machines and Languard undertook the sports turf spraying.

STRI development manager Lee Penrose said: "This will give a lasting legacy for sporting teams to enjoy for many years to come. They now have first class playing surfaces and improvements that will ensure the pitches remain in great condition."

Penrose, whose project team remained on sites before and throughout the games, said universities and clubs were set to benefit from improved quality of the pitches, as they were likely to attract interest from sports clubs throughout the local area.

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