The Groundsman

July 2016

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Visit www.iog.org for more information and digital editions IOG BEST PRACTICE 20 the Groundsman July 2016 obody can fail to be impressed by the City Football Academy, the training facility opened in late 2014 by Manchester City FC to replace the club's satellite Platt Lane and Carrington training and Academy sites. Unsurprisingly, no stone has been left unturned to ensure that the site satisfies all of the Premier League club squad's training needs, as well as accommodate the Academy and youth teams in addition to the club's Women's Super League squad (with the purpose-built 7,000-capacity Academy Stadium) and community football commitments. N Real achievements with artificials Nothing is left to chance in terms of pitch maintenance at the City Football Academy, Manchester City's elite training and youth development facility – and that includes the daily care of three synthetic surfaces By: Colin Hoskins Every day, the synthetic playing surfaces are brushed, both ways, then raked every other day to lift the pile and rubber crumb Roy (right) and Lee stress how the selection, specification and installation of synthetic surfaces were painstakingly researched, planned and commissioned

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