World Cup success for sports surface specialist

Sports surface specialist SIS Pitches, which has a manufacturing base at Maryport in Cumbria, has landed contracts to complete work on three more of the 12 stadiums to be used at next year’s World Cup in Russia.

The firm, which had already landed a deal for the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, where the opening match and final of the 2018 World Cup will be played, will now work on three more stadia, as turnover at the firm rises past £50m.

Nottingham-headquartered SIS installs and maintains natural grass, synthetic turf and hybrid pitches.

The firm is celebrating a record year in 2016. A £2.2m project for the University of Manchester, featuring two hockey pitches, one rugby and one football field, was completed over a 42-week construction period, culminating in winning the prestigious SAPCA 2016 Award for Excellence.

In London, SIS upgraded the SISTurf pitch for English and European rugby champions Saracens, whilst it also constructed two RFU funded projects at Aylesbury and Preston Grasshoppers.

The company also opened a new office in Ireland as the company continued its expansion following the fresh influx of projects.

SISGrass fields were completed for clients such as Chelsea, Derby County, Besiktas and Athletic Bilbao whilst the company also installed a new SISGrass hybrid pitch at AFC Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium, making Premier league history in the process.

A spokesperson for the company said: “Such growth is unable to be achieved without a strong company structure and teamwork. Investment in additional staff has been careful and thorough, with personal characteristics and individual skill-sets the top of the recruitment agenda.

“With company offices in Ireland, Holland, Turkey, Russia and the UAE, SIS Pitches has continued its international expansion. A key development during the year has been a change in brand identity, as shown best in the new SIS Pitches website. Awareness of the company, its areas of expertise and successes are more visible than previously.

“The goal now is to build on the successes from 2016 and to have an even better 2017.”

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