Sunday, August 18, 2019

Six figure investment brings Aberdeen indoor pitch up to SPL level

left to right – ASV head of operations, Ludwik Metelski, Glasgow Warriors co-captain Callum Gibbins, and Glasgow Warriors head coach, Dave Rennie
left to right – ASV head of operations, Ludwik Metelski, Glasgow Warriors co-captain Callum Gibbins, and Glasgow Warriors head coach, Dave Rennie

Aberdeen Sports Village (ASV) has made a £250,000 investment to install a premium 3G surface to the facility’s full size indoor pitch.

The new pitch, which was recently completed following a five-week installation, is the same surface used by Scottish Premier League teams and Glasgow Warriors Rugby Union team.  The Greenfields MX Elite 60 is also in place at the National Performance Centre at Oriam, Edinburgh.

It is the first upgrade of the indoor pitch since the sports village opened ten years ago and is set to bring huge benefits to the 50 plus local clubs which currently use the facility, as well as attracting elite teams to the city for indoor training.

The Glasgow Warriors are the first major team to utilise the new pitch at ASV, using it for a full training session on Wednesday (7 August).

ASV head of operations, Ludwik Metelski, said: “The indoor pitch has been well used over the past ten years and with advances in turf technology it was the right time to enhance the facility.  Working with two key Scottish suppliers, we now have a world class surface which ensures that ASV is ahead of the game in providing the most state-of-the-art indoor pitch for our members.

“We are delighted that the Glasgow Warriors are the first elite team to train on the new pitch and this investment will likely attract many more top teams to the region to train and compete in the city, as well as support ASV’s long term ambition to nurture young talent.”

Glasgow Warriors head coach, Dave Rennie, said: “Aberdeen Sports Village is superb, and we have had some really productive sessions here on the new surface. It’s a development that will no doubt help to attract even more people in this part of the world to participate in sport.”

Aberdeen Football Club’s Kingsford training facility is set to boast the same advanced indoor pitch surface but ASV is the first in the North-east to install a full-size pitch with a woven 3G technology surface, which will be available for public use.

Established in 2009, Aberdeen Sports Village is the largest sporting facility in the North-east and is recognised as one of Scotland’s leading sports and fitness venues. 

A partnership between the University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen City Council and SportScotland, it has more than 7,500 members, welcomes around one million visitors every year, and employs more than 250 members of staff.   

ASV, boasts a state-of-the-art gym, sports halls, indoor and outdoor athletics facilities, a range of exercise classes and indoor football pitches, as well as the Aquatics Centre, which includes an Olympic standard 50m pool and diving pool.    

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