Pitch Development

Plan of Pitches

Details of development (Pictures Below)

Thanks To Mike Noone and Joe Warde who are keeping us up to date
Following our successful application for a Sports Grant of €60,000 in 2012, the plan is to develop a sand based training/playing area that will measure approx 82mtrs x 62mtrs. 
The purpose of this area is that it will be suitable for training during wet weather and this will help to protect our two current pitches. It can also be used during the Spring/summer when demand is high on the other pitches.
The development will involve the following
Development of the playing surface.
• Felling and removal of trees and shrubs on the site – Complete
• Install roadway down to the pitch site - Complete
• Strip topsoil and store on site. Grade and level subsoil -
Complete
• Install cut-off drains around site. Install lateral drains across the pitch at 6m centres - Complete
• Replace and grade topsoil - Complete
• Cultivate topsoil. Install slit drains at 1.2mtr intervals and fill with sand. Install ducting for lighting cables.
• Apply 50mm layer of sand. Apply fertiliser & lime. Sow Rye-grass based seed mix.
• Maintain pitch through the first 9-12 months until the grass has grown and bedded in.
Who will be involved?
James Healy is our project manager for the pitch development. He is a specialist in pitch design/development and aftercare from Ennis. He has developed a spec for this pitch and will oversee the development including aftercare until it is ready to use. Michael Boland is currently working on developing the pitch. He is a specialist contractor in pitch development from Kilrush in County Clare.
We have more pictures to upload and will try and keep ye as up to date as much as possible.
Quick overview of the Site
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Details of the different stages

Before development begun - The site
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Clearing the site
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Getting the site level
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Storage of Top Soil
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Installing the main drainage system
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Backfilling of Top Soil
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Miscellaneous Pictures of Equipment
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Cultivating the soil
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Slitting the pitch

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Spreading the sand

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Sowing the seed

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As it grows

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Cutting the pitch

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