Football NSW is the governing body for Football and Futsal in New South Wales. Football NSW’s goal is to grow, develop, promote and service Football for the 345,000 participants in NSW.
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. Some of their most significant installations include ANZ Stadium, AAMI Park, Bankwest Stadium, Eden Park, Gabba, MCG, Optus Stadium and Sky Stadium. International sporting events have also used HGTG’s Hybrid Grass, including the Olympic Games 2000, AFC Asian Cup 2015, Commonwealth Games 2006 and 2018 and Rugby World Cups 2003, 2011 and 2019.
Football NSW and HG Turf Group have a strong relationship. In 2014 HG Turf Group built the two FIFA certified synthetic turf pitches at Valentine Sports Park (VSP). Since their opening, these synthetic turf pitches are heavily utilised and have increased the capacity of usage of the facility – a great investment.
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 the 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.
To demonstrate the effectiveness of SISGrass®, HG Turf Group installed the turf solution at VSP through the centre corridor of Field One and in both goal mouths of Field Four.
Football NSW CEO 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. 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."
Football NSW CEO, Stuart Hodge
HG Turf Group Owner and Director Hamish Sutherland thanked 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."
"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®.”
HG Turf Group Owner and Director, Hamish Sutherland