Synthetic pitch debate ignites

FORMER States of Jersey playing fields manager Steve Landick is adding his voice to the clamour for a state-of-the-art artificial playing surface in the Island.

Jersey played on an artificial pitch when they beat the Isle of Man last year. Picture: Phil Mingo/Pinnacle/FA
Jersey played on an artificial pitch when they beat the Isle of Man last year. Picture: Phil Mingo/Pinnacle/FA

FORMER States of Jersey playing fields manager Steve Landick is adding his voice to the clamour for a state-of-the-art artificial playing surface in the Island.

Landick would like to see the facility installed at Springfield – and up and running in time for the Jersey 2015 NatWest Island Games, so the ground could become the hub of the football tournament.

The calls for a top-class artificial surface have been coming loud and often in Jersey – with the Rugby Club’s Ben Harvey extremely keen for a multi-sports facility – and the Island’s footballers won over after triumphing on a 3G (third generation) surface in the Isle of Man last year.

A long list of postponements suffered by grass-based sports in the Channel Islands over the past months have brought the issue to the fore again.