Ilkley Town AFC is a West Yorkshire based Football Club, who competes in the West Yorkshire Association Football League, in division one. They might not be in a division as high as their neighbouring clubs, Bradford City and Leeds United, but their ambition to progress in the future is admirable.
Ilkley Town train at Ben Rhydding Sports Club, and share their pitch with the community. This resulted in the pitch quickly becoming muddy, patchy and unplayable.
Instead of letting the pitch worsen, the club created a plan, with Ilkley Grammar School and Bradford Metropolitan District Council, which will result in big improvements at the Ben Rhydding Sports Club facility. They want to create an artificial football pitch that will be used throughout the year with little wear and tear.
Smaller clubs such as Ilkley Town often find they cannot afford to buy their own stadium and finance the maintenance fees needed for a football club.
This is why they are turning to artificial grass. The club, local school and community will be able to train on the new pitch for over 12 hours a day. Ilkley Gazette states that “Over the course of the season ten times as many games can be played on an artificial pitch as can be played on a grass surface.”
In the long run, artificial grass will be a great investment for the club. The players will be able to train regardless of the weather, and they can compete in all of their matches on a surface that will be consistent throughout the year.
Artificial Grass has improved dramatically over the years, and more and more clubs are realising that artificial grass is the sensible route to go.
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