Once upon a time, gyms were the centre of most sports training facilities as athletes were expected to push weights and get miles in the legs regardless of the weather. But that attitude is not as popular as it once was, and training and conditioning has now become a lot more scientifically focussed.
A big part of that is been the emphasis on on-field coaching and skills work rather than pure strength and gym work. What this means of course is that the training pitches get used a lot and, in many cases, they can take an absolute beating. It takes a special type of person to maintain the grounds to ensure that the professional athletes who use them are never inconvenienced. If this is a path that you intend to walk, here are a few tips to help keep the grounds in perfect shape.
If you are going to pay a lot to be enrolled at a sports academy you need to make sure that it is going to be operational throughout the year. In other words, it needs to be all-weather versatile. Nobody wants to train inside all the time, but at the same time, if it is going to rain heavily you also need to be able to operate and practice. Indoor arenas and artificial grass are both big components of this strategy. The former is often difficult to cater for as building indoor halls and gyms can be prohibitively expensive. The latter however is much easier. A quick online search for a phrase like ‘turf supply and lay Sydney‘, should yield the type of results required. And before you know it you have artificial nets for cricket or six-a-side pitches for football.
Keep things covered
While artificial grass responds well to the wet, normal grass is comfortable with heavy use of heavy rain. This is where it is a good idea to take a leaf from the cricket book and cover key parts of the training area. If the rain is coming ahead of a training session then either make sure that the fields are not used or make sure that they have been covered so that they are not water-logged and sodden. It is in these conditions that they can be badly damaged.
Mowing is important but never mow to aggressively. It is important to mow with the blades set right and to know that if you are going to err it will be on the long side rather than the short side. If grass is cut too short there is no going back – you need to wait for it to grow again and hope that the roots have not been damaged. For most sports a little extra growth is not the end of the world. It won’t work for bowls or cricket but for most other sports it is fine. And you can always remember that a light sprinkling before a game will not waterlog the pitch, but it will help the ball to move much quicker.