Type 5: Artificial Turf
Type 5: 2G Artificial Turf
Synthetic turf consisting of sand infilled artificial grass. Typically used for sports that have a lot of body contact, such as lacrosse, uni-hockey rugby, and football as it has been designed to replicate the characteristics and bounce of actual turf. The Type 5 Muga pitch protects players from injuries that may occur as a result of tripping or falling. This is because the pitch has an insulating shock pad installed underneath it to lessen the impact of falls. The synthetic fibres of this pitch are typically infilled with sand and are ideally 20-25mm high. The major difference between this MUGA pitch is that it is extremely high maintenance. To retain the condition and character of the pitch, the infilled sand must be topped up occasionally, and you will also need to brush it regularly.
Artificial grass areas (MUGAs or AGPs) with a shockpad and either heavily doused with water before play or filled or dressed with sand or rubber crumb. These areas are used for sports such as hockey, five-a-side football, football, lacrosse, American football and training for activities such as athletics, rugby union and rugby league. ‘3G’ artificial grass with long pile and rubber particulate pile filling is less suitable for hockey. Competitive (i.e. full contact) rugby union and rugby league must be played on pitches which have a high degree of shock absorbency as specified by the NGBs of those sports.