Artificial pitch innovator tackles health and environment worries

The world-leading manufacturer of infill for artificial sports pitches has changed the face of the industry by developing a product that eliminates any risk to the health of players and the wider environment.

PRO-gran - launched at the international trade show for sports and play facilities - was developed by Murfitts Industries to answer the growing perception of risks to health and the environment from black rubber crumb artificial turf infill.

Founder and Managing Director Mark Murfitt said:

“Although the consensus of the studies about black rubber crumb is that it causes no significant risk to health or the environment, we wanted people to enjoy participating in sport without worrying about the playing surface."

“A year of research and development later we offer a product that not only eliminates any concern about player or public health, but also creates a more enjoyable playing experience.”

“PRO-gran is a Polymeric Infill that is engineered to offer the very best in performance and is safe for players and the environment. The infill combines the exceptional dynamic properties of rubber which is then coated in polyurethane to make it 100% safe.”

PRO-gran has been through a rigorous testing programme. Exceeding the EU’s toughest standards that are applied to toxicology and toy safety, PRO-gran is 100% safe for people and the environment. It releases no heavy metals, PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) or micro plastics.

With a consistency of play, lower surface temperatures, no airborne particulates, almost no splash, effective drainage and no aroma PRO-gran gives an unbeatable playing experience. In addition it is much longer lasting - tests show that it will remain in perfect condition for over 10 years, well beyond the lifetime of a typical pitch.

With the choice of green or brown, spectators will always be impressed with how good the pitch looks.

Cirencester Town Football Club Secretary Scott Griffin said “We didn’t expect the crumb on the new pitch to be anything special, but it’s amazing! The players love that they can control the ball as there’s a consistency, no dust and hardly any splashing. It’s great as we are very keen to make sure the pitch is safe and healthy to play on now and for the future. Because of PRO-gran everyone involved with the club has peace of mind.”

Mr Griffin added “Another big impact of the new pitch infill is the community benefit. It’s open to everyone, and because of how safe, consistent and gorgeous PRO-gran is, other local teams are making use of this fantastic facility for playing and training. We have also been able to double our junior teams and attract more talent since it was laid.”

Mr Murfitt added “Since PRO-gran has been installed on its first two pitches, the feedback we’ve had from the clubs and installers has been incredibly positive and means that we are able to spread good news about the future of artificial pitches and how they help millions of people in the UK and around the world lead healthier lifestyles.”

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