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Southland Football future proof with a TigerTurf Soccer Real 60 Synthetic Pitch

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Southland Football, frustrated with training and games being consistently disrupted by Southlands inclement weather, approved the installation of the South Island’s first TigerTurf Soccer Real 60 synthetic pitch at Turnbull Thompson Park.

Invercargill’s football pitches were often reduced to unplayable bogs due to ongoing wet weather and successive football games.  The enduring popularity of the code meant it needed robust and top-class all-weather facilities so the season wouldn’t be disrupted by poor conditions.

Southland Football commissioned TigerTurf, New Zealand’s only synthetic sports turf manufacturer, to produce and install the new Soccer Real MS 60 product.  TigerTurf’s Soccer Real is a third generation football surface which is part filled with rubber and sand. Not only does this system allow play in all conditions, it improves player’s safety in terms of impact and freedom of movement as well as allowing players to perform the full range of skills as they would if playing on natural grass. 

Financial support came from the Invercargill Licencing Trust (ITL), the ITL Foundation, the Community Trust of Southland and the Council.  The upgrade included development of a full football field plus a training area along with refurbishment of the Southland Football pavilion. 

Completed in April 2010, Southland Football’s senior representative grade games are now no longer at the mercy of the availability of Invercargill’s Rugby Park where NPC and Super 14 Rugby had first claim on the pitch, and in fact, the Southland Stags Rugby team (and current Ranfurly Shield holders), train on the new football pitch.

Southland Football is delighted with the new surface and ready to manage the potential surge in popularity likely generated from the All Whites participation in the World Cup. 

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