Pitch usage


Installation of Suffolk’s first all-weather article pitch begins

A non-league football club has started installing Suffolk’s first all-weather artificial surface, which will allow the pitch to be used seven days a week.

Ryman League club AFC Sudbury has this week begun laying its £350,000 Third Generation (3G) surface at its Wardale Williams Stadium home. Installation of the pitch, which is created using synthetic fibres and rubbers to look, feel and react like grass, will take nine weeks to complete.

AFC Sudbury director Richard Instance said: “We are delighted to be finally installing the 3G pitch, which will take the club on to a new level. We could only use the old pitch up to two-times a week, due to problems such as water-logging and this meant some games had to be cancelled. The new surface will be able to accommodate seven days a week play no matter what the weather conditions.”

The new surface will be beneficial to the entire club, including its first, ladies and youth teams. It will also be used by for its newly establish AFC Sudbury Academy. However, the 3G pitch will also provide a much needed sports facility for the entire community. Demand for the facility is already proving popular and plans are already in place to establish a six-a-side football league and a walking football league. The facility will also be used by local schools and the nearby rugby club may also be using it for a new mini-league. However, there will still be capacity for wider community use and the pitch will be available for hire.

“We really want to encourage the wider public to come along and use the facility. During the week we will set up several pitches side by side across the surface, which means we will have the capacity to hire space to the general public. We would like to hear from local teams who need a training facility; those who just want a weekly kick about with their mates or may be even groups who are considering setting up a mid-week league, all options are open at the moment. The local community will be fortunate to have such a fantastic facility available in the very near future,” added Mr Instance.

The club already boasts one of the finest non-league football stadiums and clubhouses in the East of England and will now have a pitch to match. The surface is tested to FIFA 2 star grade, which is suitable for Champions League Football.

Anyone wanting to know more about the 3G pitch and its availability should contact AFC Sudbury on 01787 376213.


Members of the media needing further information should contact Patrick Lowman at Patrick Lowman PR on 07792 428555 or by email

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