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What are the differences between small AGP facilities and full size AGP facilities?

It is important to understand the differences between contrasting AGP’s. The sub-type descriptions are outlined below;

  • Rubber Crumb Pile (3G) - 50mm - 65mm long pile carpet filled with rubber crumb/sand. Generically named 'Third Generation' pitches. Used predominantly for football, but can be used for other sports such as rugby.
  • Sand Dressed - This has sand base rather than sand infilling. A sand dressed pitch has a heavier amount of fibres which are more exposed, giving it a greener appearance. This is the preferred surface for club hockey.
  • Sand Filled - 20-25mm tufted carpet covered filled with graded sand laid over a rubber shock pad and engineering base. Most common surface for STP's, used in particular for hockey & football, but can be used by other activities, such as American Football, Lacrosse, and training for Rugby and Athletics.
  • Water Based - Similar pile to sand based, very dense synthetic sports surfaces that are irrigated with water. Combined with some form of underlay/shock-pad, sometimes integral. The carpets or the pad are typically designed to hold up the water flow at a specific rate. This is the preferred surface for Hockey and is used for first class games.

The facility type specifics will detail dimensions of the facility and a pitch count.

A full size AGP will be marked out for adult football (11 a side football match) and will have dimensions typically around 100x60m, with a mimum size of  88x53m. Full size AGPs will only have a pitch count of ‘1’ even if small pitches are overmaked.  See screenshot below;

 AGP1

A small size AGP will be solely used for smaller sided matches.  There will be multiple dedicated pitches therefore the pitch count for that facility will be >1. The screenshot below shows an example of a site that would have the ‘small AGP’ flag ticked, with the pitch count showing as 6 and the dimensions relating to what one pitch measures. In this instance 35x15m.

 AGP2

If a site has separate artificial grass pitch sizes within one structure, they will be referenced different facilities as the sizes are different. For example, a site may have multiple ‘5 a side’ pitches, but then have a ‘9 a side’ pitch or ‘full sized’ pitch alongside. This would class as two separate facilities. The below facility would be logged as 2 artificial rubber crumb pile facilities, one with a pitch count of 4, and the other with a pitch count of 1. The dimensions would then display the common dimensions of each pitch.

 AGP3

The pitch count within a facility will not include those from a facility that is at a different location on the site. The example below shows a site that has multiple AGP facilities and pitches, but even though there are multiple rubber crumb pile pitches, there should be 3 different AGP facilities registered on site. (1 sand filled and 2 rubber crumb pile facilities). Again, the rubber crumb pile pitches in this instance will be referenced as having a pitch count of ‘6’ on one facility, and ‘4’ on the other, including the common dimensions of each pitch, and not the whole size of the facility.

 AGP4