PST Sport and CCGrass, the largest manufacturer of synthetic turf in the world, have a long standing and successful partnership since 2012. CCGrass artificial grass products meet the highest standards of leading sports governing bodies and is one of only four global manufacturers with “Preferred Producer” status for FIFA, World Rugby and the FIH.
CCGrass offers the most extensive and innovative range of synthetic turf products highlighting the company’s ongoing commitment to superior quality.
BEN Plan (Branding Elite Network) is the communication and interaction platform set up by CCGrass for esteemed customers to create a global customer network.
Pictured below: PST Sport’s CEO, Colin Teahon accepting the Ben Plan award from Bryn Lee, CEO of CCGrass’s European Office.
Pictured above: St Mel’s College Longford, a school steeped in GAA tradition
There may be glorious blue skies out there today but with the long winter months looming, clubs and schools will find it increasingly difficult to arrange training and match fixtures due to the weather.
Week-in, week-out you will see matches being cancelled or rescheduled due to poor playing surfaces and waterlogged pitches. So, it’s easy to see why our artificial grass pitches have become the go-to choice for clubs and schools to ensure that team development can continue even as the longer nights draw in.
It is this ideal that drives PST Sport. Our mission is to be part of sports development at a grassroots level and to help enhance the lives of people through the provision of high-quality, all-weather, year-round sports facilities.
On a PST Sport artificial grass pitch you’re guaranteed the same playing experience regardless of whether it’s been raining solid for the week or not. Consistency of play is excellent. If you’re getting a reliable, consistent ball into you each time, it can only improve you as a player.
Pictured below: from top left going clockwise – Carrig National School, Co Tipperary, Cappagh Park, Galway, CBS Tralee, Co Kerry, St Mels College, Longford & Albion Rovers FC, Co Louth
We recognise the increasing demand for high quality synthetic turf pitches, whether it be a single use pitch for GAA, football, rugby or hockey, or a multi-sport all weather surface where a combination of sports can be played.
We offer the most advanced synthetic turf system in the market along with cutting-edge installation techniques. This ensures that our playing surfaces meet the requirements of major sports governing bodies.
To date we have constructed hundreds of fields all around Ireland and have also successfully expanded into the UK market. Our state-of-the-art pitches are designed to deliver exceptional performance.
Recent clients include Munster Rugby and Chelsea FC. PST Sport has an extensive portfolio: over 20 FIFA accredited fields as well as multiple full-size pitches tested and approved to World Rugby, GAA & the FIH along with numerous training size sports surfaces for clubs & schools.
Being part of such exciting projects keeps us fully in line with our vision of creating a healthier and sports-focused society. We look forward to continuing to deliver world-class artificial grass pitches for all sporting codes, both here in Ireland and beyond.
In the words of Kieran Donaghy “It’s been one heck of a ride”. Following his announcement to retire from inter-county football just last week, we sat down with our Business Development Manager as he looks back on his career, discusses the future of GAA development and if he’s ready to do battle with Joe Brolly in a studio. He even lets us in on who his favourite O’Sé brother is!
There’s also a touching recital by Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh of Star’s now famous retirement poem. Watch video below:
How has it been since the announcement ?
Unreal to be honest, blown away by the kind words that people have said and written over the last 6 days. All the messages I’ve received from all over the world have filled my heart with pride. The stuff Kerry people have said to me from New York Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Australia, Dubai and beyond has been amazing. They are the Irish away from home and we keep them in touch with home.
Toughest opponent you’ve faced at inter-county level?
There have been many tough opponents but to single someone out is hard. I’m a big believer in team defence and help defence, and for that reason the Tyrone team 2003/2008 and the current Dublin team are the best I’ve come across. They both had personal togetherness and a will to do anything to win. That’s what you need to have to win the ultimate prize.
Most memorable game you’ve played in?
The famous game in the Gaelic grounds in 2014 against a great Mayo team was the most memorable game I’ve ever been part of. There was massive pressure on me going into the game, so to win in such dramatic circumstances was something I’ll never forget. It had everything, Mayo storming into a 7 point lead early on, Kerry coming back, there were 6 goals, massive collisions, last minute draws, extra time, brawls at the end and fans invading the pitch. The buzz after that game was unreal, the pride in the dressing room and the sense that we could not be beaten in a final is a lovely way to go into it.
Apart from Croke Park – what’s the best surface you’ve played football on?
All of our PST Sport modified 3G pitches of course. I must say it would have to be Fitzgerald Stadium, it has been my home and I loved playing on that surface. It always held a special place in my heart as we had some battles in that colosseum.
Can the Dubs do five in a row?
Of course they can, and they probably should with the squad they have but the Bomber told me years ago that its extremely hard to make history and he should know!
Kerry will be hurting after not showing up for a semi-final this season so they will be coming hard. Tyrone will be trying to find a deadly forward or two to help their charge. Mayo, Galway, Donegal, Kildare and Monaghan are all strong and can test the Dubs. Yes we have all tested this Dublin side in the last 4 years but we haven’t beaten them, there is a reason for that, no one has brought the full package for 75 minutes and that’s what it will take. That with some bravery as if you’re not brave against them you don’t stand a chance.
Which of the O’Sé brothers is your favourite?
I love all my O’Sé boys including the legend of an uncle they had.
Out of the 4 of them.
Most talented footballer = Marc O’Sé
Best defender = Paidi O’Sé
Best Attacker = Tomas O’Sé
Best all-rounder = Darragh O’Sé
What one piece of advice would you give young inter county player starting out?
Enjoy it, and be a bit different, don’t worry too much about what others outside your camp think of you. Play with personality, let it show you really care, be a good teammate, look out for the guy struggling and give him a call, don’t just worry about yourself. It’s been one heck of a ride so enjoy all of it and treat winning and losing the same and strive to get better, that’s the only thing you have full control of.
How has GAA training evolved since you first joined the Kerry squad?
A lot, science has brought that and things will always evolve so you must embrace that. I must say I love the odd hard beach run or a session when you’re been flogged. You are getting more than fitness out of something like that and you will spot the fellas dodging and taking short cuts. There is no time for that if you’re in the business of winning All Irelands.
But it has gone to an unreal level now and that’s just where the game is at. It takes no talent to be the fittest so when you’re trying to catch a team it’s the first place to start.
Any approach from the Sunday Game where you could take on Joe Brolly in a punditry battle?
Not yet, and even though I destroyed Joe Brolly after the 2014 win with that one liner it would be a far different story going at him in a studio battle.
As we continue to expand into the UK market, The Sunday Business Post recently featured an interview with our Managing Director, Colin Teahon & Operations Director, Ger Teahon where they discuss the company’s plans for the future in terms of product innovation and company growth.
The 2018 Sports Capital Grants Programme is now open for applications. The current scheme opened for applications on September 7th and sports clubs and sporting organisations around the country are eligible to apply. This year Minister for Sport, Shane Ross confirmed that €40 million is being made available by the Government under a new round of the programme.
The aim of the scheme is to provide support to clubs and sporting organisations wishing to develop sports infrastructure in their areas. For the first time schools are also eligible to apply for funding under the 2018 programme, as long as it is in conjunction with a sports club.
Any organisation wishing to make an application under the programme must be registered on OSCAR by 5pm on Friday 5th October, 2018. Applications can be made online up to 5pm on Friday 19th October, 2018.
In recent years PST Sport has worked with clients on numerous projects across all sporting codes that were made possible by the Sports Capital Programme. Our core business is the installation of high performing synthetic sports surfaces, from full size pitches to training areas for all sporting codes. We offer a complete package for new pitch construction including design, installation & project management. Our services include initial consultation and design, drainage, base works, civil engineering, right through to installation and maintenance.
Our advice to any sporting organisation is to to prepare for the application process and register online as soon as possible. Clubs and sports organisations looking to apply should REGISTER HERE
Check out the video below showcasing recent projects that were made possible by the Sports Capital Grants Programme.
If you have a project you would like to discuss, get in touch to see how we can help. We would be happy to advise in any way we can. You can contact us by clicking HERE Alternatively, email us at info@PSTsport.com or LoCall 1890 253 313
On May 8th, 2018 PST Sport commenced works on a modified 3G playing surface at Munster Rugby’s Cork-based stadium, Musgrave Park, also known as Irish Independent Park. The significant development is part of Munster Rugby’s long-term strategy for the Cork area and will see the existing grass surface being replaced with a world class artificial grass surface.
Musgrave Park is the focal point for rugby in South Munster. Once completed, the new 10,500m 3G facility will ensure wider availability of the venue and a significant increase in games played. This will benefit the sport and wider community and further enhance the development of rugby at grassroots level.
Other benefits will include a reduction in long-term maintenance costs which will be significantly lower than maintaining the previous grass surface. There will also be an opportunity for additional revenue if the venue is hired out.
With such good weather, progress has been excellent and we are almost at the end of Phase 1. The first step involved digging 0.5 metres into the pitch surface, removing the soil and levelling the sub-base. This was followed by the installation of 3,000 metres of drainage pipes and 200 metres of irrigation piping. The PST team are currently laying a 3-inch stone base which will form the base of the synthetic grass surface.
Phase 2 of the development will involve the installation of 10,500m of our Superb artificial grass which comes with a 12-year manufacturer’s warranty and shock pad.
Munster Rugby Head of Operations, Philip Quinn, said:
“In terms of facilities, it is fantastic to see this phase of our long-term strategy progressing. Since 2015 we have installed a new 3,500 seated stand and covered terrace at Irish Independent Park, improved match-day facilities, and will now have access to a consistently world-class surface all season.
Better facilities cater for greater access and the venue is central to Munster Rugby’s plans for growth and development. This is a valuable addition to the rugby landscape in Cork and the province.”
Colin Teahon, PST Sport’s Managing Director said:
“This pitch will allow Munster players of all ages to play on the same surface as their heroes, year-round, and whatever the weather.”
Works are due to be completed by the end of July ahead of Munster’s pre-season games against London Irish and Exeter Chiefs.
You can view all recent installation projects by PST Sport here.
We are hosting our very first PST Sport Roadshow at the Red Cow Moran Hotel, Dublin on Thursday May 3rd, 2018. It’s FREE to attend and there will be lots of sound advice from leading experts in the the artificial grass industry. Kick-off is at 7:30 with guest speakers including former Irish Rugby and Munster legend, Alan Quinlan, ex-Ireland and Leinster star Luke Fitzgerald, Ireland’s most capped hockey player, Eimear Cregan and our very own Kieran Donaghy, Kerry GAA legend and PST Sport’s Business Development Manager. MC for the evening will be Second Captain’s Eoin McDevitt.
PST Sport is delighted to announce that our artificial grass partners CoCreation Grass Corporation have been appointed as a Preferred Synthetic Turf Producer by World Rugby. This milestone means that CCGrass is now one of only three manufacturers worldwide with Preferred Producer status for FIFA, FIH & World Rugby highlighting our companies continued commitment to superior quality and excellence.
This appointment strengthens our offering to our customer base as Preferred Turf Producer status means that the manufacture, installation and maintenance of rugby pitches are in conformance with World Rugby regulations. This ensures that all PST Sport rugby pitch projects will have achieved specific performance criteria and attained key player welfare characteristics upon completion, an aspect that will see us continue to become the market leaders in artificial pitches.
Speaking at the announcement, World Rugby Head of Technical Services Mark Harrington said:
“We are delighted to be welcoming CCGrass to our global programme of referred Turf Producers having met the required standards. With a substantial global reach and significant expertise, they will assist the growth and development of rugby worldwide.
“The promotion of multi-sport facilities is a cornerstone of the development of our sport in both established and new markets. It is also recognised that the key performance measure of these fields should be focused on player welfare and the pitches delivered through this programme meet rigorous welfare and performance standards.”
PST Sport and CCGrass have a long standing and successful partnership since 2012. This partnership has grown focusing on sport at a grass roots level and staying true to our common values such as integrity, transparency and superior quality.
With multiple full size artificial grass pitches (three in 2017) tested and approved to World Rugby standards across Ireland and UK, PST Sport is committed to providing the highest level of player experience. We offer a complete product range and comprehensive service to all clients providing tailor made solutions for each project.
Colin Teahan, Managing Director of PST Sport added:
“It is our commitment to long-term sports development through core elements of athlete performance & welfare that will ensure that PST Sport continue to provide all weather pitches and floodlighting systems at exceptional value and to a world-class standard while always exceeding customer expectations.“
With improved technology, artificial grass is becoming more and more realistic with almost identical playing characteristics to natural grass sports surfaces. Every aspect of the grass has been improving, from the way it looks and how the grass stands to the bounce of the ball and general playability. Something we often get asked is what is the difference between a 2G and 3G artificial grass pitch and how does 3G compare with a 4G pitch?
2G second generation pitches are sand based and are perfect for hockey and multi-use games areas. The pile height is usually less than 24mm.
A 3G third generation artificial grass pitch is installed using both sand and rubber infill and ideal for football, rugby, and GAA. Typically, 3G carpet has a longer pile height (carpet pile height can vary from 40mm to 65mm) and is used in some of the world’s best artificial grass pitches. 3G grass has received accreditation as the latest artificial grass technology.
What is a 4G Pitch?
Some companies state that they offer 4G astroturf pitches and beyond technologies in artificial grass. However, officially we haven’t gone beyond 3G. While 4G fields do exist, surfaces similar to 3G but without crumb rubber, these new terminologies have not been officially rolled out yet and are not recognized by any sports governing bodies. So when you hear people reference the latest innovation of 4th generation artificial grass carpet it’s worth noting that these products have not been officially accredited as new technologies.
If you would like more information about installing an artificial grass sports surface please get in touch.
Regular maintenance of a 3G surface is crucial for consistent performance and to maximise the lifespan of the synthetic surface.
One of the main concerns is when the infill gets compacted. This makes the surface quite hard and unforgiving and will impact significantly on player performance.
Due to the natural process of rubber migration a 3G pitch can lose several millimetres of rubber infill over a 4-year period. Proactive clubs are now realising the potential of rejuvenating the surface & adding extra infill. This will not only extend the life of your pitch but also keep it playing at an optimum level all year round.
Contact Ruairi our maintenance co-ordinator today for a quote: LoCall: 1890 253 313 E: info@PSTsport.com