Playrite identify the growing need for more wheelchair sports surfaces

The Disability Discrimination Act specifically requires that sport construction does not in any way impede a person with a disability from enjoying their training.

Manufacturer of synthetic surfaces Playrite know that the need to specify the right products for sporting facilities is seen as crucial if a whole swathe of the disabled community is to be fully included in UK sport.

Playrite provide the highest quality of sport surfacing products for everyone, from grassroots community sport centres up to elite sporting facilities.

In particular they are keen to ensure their products are suitable for all users, in particular those who use wheelchairs in grass-based sports.

To guarantee that their products will serve the next generation sporting greats Playrite submitted their Matchplay 2 surface for testing to determine the coefficient of friction when the surface is in use by wheelchairs.

Surfaces require coefficient of friction between 0.75 μ – 1.0 μ to be deemed suitable for wheelchair sports. Tests conducted by Labosport determined that Matchplay 2 had a rating of 0.96μ which deems it safe for wheelchair users and suitable for a number of sports including: tennis, hockey, football, netball and basketball.

Chris Pickles, Sales Director, Playrite Ltd, commented, “We have had a large increase in demand from the wheelchair sporting sector for our Matchplay 2 synthetic grass surface. It seemed more than prudent to have our Matchplay 2 product tested by a recognised body.

“It’s crucial that sports surfaces meet the required friction ratings for wheelchair users. The Labosport report quite clearly shows that Matchplay 2 is more than fit for purpose in this sector.”

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