Football NSW have named HG Turf Group as their Official Supplier of Hybrid Grass.
HG Turf Group are the market leader in Hybrid Grass solutions. Since 1999, their Hybrid Grass solutions have improved the quality of sport fields across Australia and New Zealand, with some of their most significant installations including: ANZ Stadium, Bankwest Stadium, Eden Park, the Gabba, MCG, Optus Stadium and Sky Stadium.
In addition, international sporting events such as the 2000 Olympic Games, 2015 AFC Asian Cup, 2006 and 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2003, 2011 and 2019 Rugby World Cups have also used HGTG’s Hybrid Grass.
Over the years Football NSW and HG Turf Group have developed a strong relationship, with the latter building two FIFA certified synthetic turf pitches at Valentine Sports Park (VSP) in 2014. Since their establishment, these synthetic turf pitches have been heavily utilised and have increased the capacity of usage of the facility.
In an effort to improve the durability and performance of the natural grass pitches at VSP, HG Turf Group approached Football NSW with a Hybrid Grass solution – SISGrass®.
SISGrass uses needles to push artificial grass fibres into natural grass. The resulting mix of 95% natural grass and 5% artificial grass improves the stability and durability of natural grass, providing up to 3x more playing hours. It also improves the playability of the natural grass, with optimum ball roll and ball bounce, and ideal footing when turning and sliding.
Football NSW Chief Executive Officer Stuart Hodge welcomed the partnership with HG Turf Group.
“The SISGrass® hybrid solution synergises with the NSW Football Infrastructure Strategy and the key pillar, ‘improve existing venue capacity’. Maximising the carrying capacity and activation of existing Football pitches and venues is a key objective,” he said.
“With the installation at Valentine Sports Park, Football NSW Associations and Clubs, as well as local Councils, can inspect our venue to see the SISGrass® technology and its benefits first hand. We look forward to working with HG Turf Group to introduce their products to the wider football community.”
HG Turf Group Owner and Director Hamish Sutherland expressed his appreciation of Football NSW for the opportunity.
“We are very fortunate to be partnering with Football NSW again. Football NSW advances football in so many ways, and the installation of SISGrass® at Valentine Sports Park has created a new standard for natural grass pitches,” he said.
“By protecting the natural grass, SISGrass® delivers increased usage, durability, consistency, and better play, all year-round. Associations and Clubs can also enjoy the benefits of SISGrass®.”