First international spec astro turf on North Coast

Ashton's head of senior sport Craig Currin and head of junior sport Gary Schneider on the new international level astro turf.

Ashton International College is in the final stages of completing the sports fields added to their campus and the new astro turf promises to be an eye opener.

“This is more than just a normal piece of astro turf,” said Craig Currin, head of senior sport at Ashton.

“When it is completed it will be the only International Hockey Federation (FIH) certified hockey astro turf on the North Coast. This means it will meet all the specifications of an international venue hockey facility.”

Ashton even had to fly in a team from the Netherlands to inspect the turf and take the project into its final phases, including Baz Lodewijx, who has installed over 800 turfs around the world.

In order to be certified, testing needs to be performed by an FIH approved technician.

Within the FIH certification there are various categories to which Ashton’s Astro needs to comply, therefor it is being tested according to the global standard. A few examples of these tests include the shock absorption as well as ball roll and ball rebound.

The new turf is expected to be ready to host its first matches in mid September, as the netting still has to be installed and landscaping and paving finalised.

Included in Ashton’s expansion of their sporting facilities is the High Performance Centre, which will be a two-story building and have four changing rooms, ablution facilities on the lower level, and a recreational conditioning centre on the upper level.

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