Why the panel system?

The traditional method of installing a synthetic football pitch, rugby training area or MUGA requires a lengthy excavation process to remove the existing base, a large amount of materials such as stone and sand to fill and complete a flat base, and many more people working on the project. By comparison, the panel system is a quicker, more environmentally-friendly way of laying a base, and it greatly reduces the time a project would normally take. They can be used indoors and outdoors.

The panels can withstand the weight of multiple lorries without any disruption to the surface, allow for all-weather playability, take away any water-clogging and drainage problems, and work as permanent or temporary fixtures. Due to the interlocking system used to fit them together, they can be easily dissembled and reinstalled at another location.

Reducing environmental impact

While traditional methods would need 250mm - 300mm of excavation, our panels only require 50mm typically. For a standard size multi use games area of 20m x 30m, this method requires 20 lorries less worth of materials, which is a seven to one reduction in greenhouse gas emittance.

The panels we use are made from 100% recycled plastic, often from post-industrial factory scrap which otherwise would have ended up in landfills. Last year, the panel company we worked with helped save almost one-million kilograms of scrap material from landfills.

As well as being 100% recycled, they’re also 100% recyclable. They also have a 20-year warranty, meaning you can trust that what you’re getting has proven longevity and durability. 


Depending on the project, we use one of three types of panel: The Champion Panel, The Max Panel and The Court Panel. Below details the technical specifications of each panels, their primary uses and why you should choose this system.

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Champion Panel

With many of the same qualities as the panels used for athletic courts, the Champion Panel is just ¾ of an inch (19mm) thick. It’s strong, hard-wearing and delivers the consistent performance and safety levels suitable for many applications, from professional athletes to school children.

Its structural superiority reduces the need for traditional excavation methods, and means the base can support incredibly heavy weights, while providing good GMAX and HIC impact numbers. The panel also allows for rapid water drainage from its vertical and horizontal drainage systems, meaning playability isn’t compromised in rainy conditions.

Who’s it best for?

This panel is our most used as its properties make it suitable for most projects including MultiGame and Mile Tracks.

The technical details

Panel dimensions: 30” x 30” x 0.75” / 762mm x 762mm x 19.05mm
Square footage area once installed: 5.44ft2 / 0.505m2
Panel weight: 2.81kg per panel
Vertical flow rate without turf: 4018 cm/hr
Horizontal flow rate: 320 cm/hr
Water storage capacity: 7L

Why choose The Champion Panel?

The Champion Panel is a long-lasting, environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional synthetic turf base techniques.

We use it to create multi-use games areas in schools, giving children an outdoor place to play all year round – whether that’s at lunchtime, during PE lessons or at extra-curricular clubs. Having a MultiGame pitch can transform sporting opportunities and allows schools to extend their traditional offering.

Encouraging children to participate in active play is fundamental to development, teaches them how to establish good relationships, and increases concentration in the classroom.

 
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The Max Panel

The Max Panel’s rigid structural shell, combined with its state-of-the-art shock absorbing membrane, brings together performance and safety in a way that’s perfect for athletes. The vertical and horizontal drainage systems allow for year-round playability.

With the traditional method of creating a synthetic pitch or training area, a separate shock panel would be needed on top of the stone base and underneath the synthetic turf. Using The Max Panel eliminates the need for this as it absorbs the shock itself.

Who’s it best for?

Schools, individuals or football clubs wanting to create a synthetic football pitch.

It’s ability to withstand high impact also makes this panel the ideal solution for rugby training zones.

The technical details

Panel dimensions: 39.38” x 29” x 1.125” / 1000.25mm x 736.6mm x 28.58mm
Square footage area once installed: 7.93ft2 / 0.74m2
Panel weight: 3.53kg per panel

Why choose The Max Panel?

Because of its ability to dissipate impact energy, The Max Panel provides a safe and stable underfoot. The panel’s energy restitution abilities mean that kinetic energy generated during use is returned to the athlete, resulting in peak performance.

The panel allows athletes to perform at maximum ability, and get the most out of every game.

Typically, areas used for football and rugby training require a lot of maintenance due to the impact on the ground. Installing a synthetic alternative with this unique panel technology dramatically reduces the maintenance needed and provides a year-round area for all to enjoy their sport.

 
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The Court Panel

The Court Panel is a fantastic advancement in court production and playability – allowing athletes to enjoy their favourite games in all weather conditions, without worrying about slipping. This panel type doesn’t require turf to be overlaid and is very easy to relocate if necessary.

Who’s it best for?

Those needing an area for tennis or basketball practice and play, year-round.

The technical details

Panel dimensions: 30” x 30” x 1.25” / 762mm x 762mm x 31.75mm
Square footage area once installed: 5.44ft2 / 0.505m2
Weight of panel: 4.63kg per panel
Vertical flow rate without turf: 866 cm/hr
Horizontal flow rate: 245 cm/hr
Water storage capacity: 13.55L

Why choose The Court Panel?

The Court Panel allows us to quickly create a solid, stable base for sport and athletic areas, whether indoors or outdoors.

Its non-slip surface technology makes it much safer than traditional base methods, and it provides an incredibly solid feel underfoot.

Because the panels fit seamlessly together, there’s no risk of trip zones, and balls can roll and bounce easily.

The panels are durable and hard-wearing, with an incredibly efficient draining system, meaning years of play in all weather.


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Drainage

The panel system provides a superior drainage solution and eliminates any need to call of your next game due to a waterlogged pitch. The panels drain water away from game play and the field, and allow between seven and 14 litres of water storage under each individual panel. The top side of the panel features drain holes which allow for water to flow vertically, keeping the turf on top dry. On the bottom side, multidirectional horizontal drain slots make for easy water flow and prevent clogging.

The underside cell design enables rapid water flow underneath the panels, providing time for water to dissipate into the ground or run into an awaiting drainage system. The vertical flow rate without turf can be up to 4018cm/hr and the horizontal flow rate of water exiting from under the panels can be up to 320cm/hr.

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Turf Grip

Per panel, there are 3000 turf barbs which create a high coefficient of friction, dramatically reducing turf movement issues associated with traditional stone based methods. These barbs will create a stationary system that means the turf will not move or slip on top of the panel system, allowing for less infill on project completion and throughout the maintenance cycle.

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Cell Structure

Our panels can cope with heavy and large vehicles such as; trucks, forklifts and emergency services vans, driving on top of them, when installed correctly with a stable sub-base. This is all made possible by the unique hexagonal structure of the cells and the durable recycled plastic used to create them. The way the panels are constructed is with shock absorption in mind, meaning there is often no need for a shock resistant under-layer, and falls are softer. The result is positive energy funnelled right back to the athlete, enhancing performance and endurance.

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Locking System

The panels are fitted together using an over and under locking tooth design, creating smooth transitions across the full surface and perfect panel-to-panel alignment. The locking system also allows interlocked panels to flow easily over contoured crowned areas.

In terms of playability, this means you can expect to get achieve a smooth ball roll, great bounce and high-level athletic performance. The interlocking system ensures panels stay safely locker together once a quadrant of nine panels is assembled, preventing panel shifting or disengagement due to weather or high intensity use.


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