Doncaster Knights will have use of an Artificial Pitch later this season after plans were given the go-ahead.
Funded by benefactor Steve Lloyd, the 3G pitch is expected to cost around £600,000 and be on pitch four of the Castle Park complex. A hefty price, but one that will bring a legacy to Doncaster Knights Rugby Club for decades to come.
The new 3G pitch is just three weeks away from the beginning of installation, with the all weather surface to be used for rugby competitions and small sided football matches. Both sports will be played on a top class sporting surface that holds the aesthetic and athletic demands of the club.
A NEW Artificial pitch will be installed at @CastleParkDRFC THIS SEASON!
— Doncaster Knights 🏉 (@DoncasterKnight) June 19, 2018
Chief executive Anthony De Mulder is thrilled that construction of the new playing surface is almost underway.
“We’ve been wearying out our pitches over time, we have 19 teams over 400 players and it’s been an ambition for some time to have a 3G pitch.”
Head groundsman Lee Blagden spoke of the hard work involved maintaining the new 3G pitch. “You have to brush it everyday so it’s all level, then every three months we’ll get a firm in to clean and decompact it as like a normal pitch it gets hard with the pellets stick together, so a machine collects it and puts it back in.”