Expertise from law firm Sintons has helped to secure a 3G synthetic pitch at the Newcastle Falcons’ Kingston Park ground.
The installation is a first for a professional sports club in the North East and makes the Falcons only the second team in their league to adopt the surface.
The traditional grass pitch at Kingston Park is now being replaced with an innovative artificial rugby turf, and will be ready in time for the start of the Falcons’ new 2014-15 season in the Aviva Premiership.
Issues with the grass surface over recent months led the team to make the conversion, which is being carried out by Cumbrian artificial pitch specialists SIS Pitches.
The team also hope it can be made available for community use as the old turf will now be used to resurface the training pitch at the Stadium.
Specialist construction solicitor Alex Rayner at Newcastle-based Sintons handled the building contract for the project, with Iona Sims – head of Sintons’ specialist sports division – overseeing all commercial work.
Mick Hogan, managing director of Newcastle Falcons, said: “The new pitch will provide a consistent and high quality surface for our players to perform on throughout the season. It will transform match-days at Kingston Park and we are grateful to Sintons for their legal expertise in making this project happen.
“There will be community use prior to the main game, and then the opportunity for supporters to come onto the pitch post-match and re-
create some of the action themselves!”
Alex Rayner said: “We are very pleased to have been involved in this exciting project. This pitch is the most up-to-date of its kind in the region and as well as providing a better surface for rugby to be played it will greatly benefit sport in the North East, particularly at a grassroots level through increased community use.”
Iona Sims said: “Through our specialist sports division, we are able to offer legal support on a full range of issues to sporting clubs, organisations and individuals of all levels. The construction of the Falcons’ new pitch is an ambitious project, but one which looks to deliver many benefits to both the club and for the local community too. We wish them the best of luck for the season ahead.”
Sintons has a long-standing relationship with the Falcons, and is its legal advisor as well as being one of the main club sponsors. Sintons also sponsors Will Welch, Captain of the Falcons, as well as Falcons Academy and England Under-18s star Sean Brown.