IT’S an away fixture. Permanently. Doe Sport from Methil have just seen their latest state-of-the-art artificial pitch promoted to representative level by the Football Association.
Thornton Recreation Centre in Bradford, where Doe Sport completed the installation of a brand new 3G surface in September, was chosen to host an FA challenge match between select teams of the West Riding County Amateur League and Yorkshire Amateur League.
Les MacLean, director of Doe Sport, was delighted with the contract from the local authority and the way the new facility has performed. “We were able to guarantee the standard of the surface, and guarantee that it would play true in almost any weather. That made the choice easy for the organisers.”
Councillor Andrew Thornton, Bradford Council’s executive member responsible for Sport, said they were very proud of the Doe Sport installed facilities. “West Riding County FA’s decision to select our new pitch for this game is testament to our investment at the site. Hosting this game goes to show the standard of the new surface available at Thornton Recreation Centre.”
From their Fife base, Doe Sport serve Scotland and the North of England. They work with private, club, corporate, and public sector clients. They’re well known for their tennis court expertise, and also have gained a good reputation for turnkey installation of multi-use sports surfaces.
At Thornton in Yorkshire, they collaborated with Bradford Council on the specification and installation of the very latest synthetic ‘3G’ turf, specially certified for football use. The manager of the new facility, Simon Turner from Bradford Council’s sports and leisure department, said from a community point of view the new pitch has been really well received. “The quality of the facility was recognised when it was decided to use the pitch for a representative match between two of the local amateur leagues.”
Les MacLean added that this type of surface is gaining popularity. “Having a surface like this, which plays so well, even at this time of the year, gives talented players a chance to show off their skills,” he said. “It really helps make the game better for everyone involved.”
The final score from the match didn’t make the classified results, but chalk up three points on the road for Doe Sport.
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