SV Zulte Waregem, Belgium

SV Zulte Waregem, Belgium
SV Zulte Waregem, Belgium

The fact that the pitch can be played on 24 hours a day and 7 days a week opens new perspectives.
Vincent Mannaert, former General Manager of SV Zulte Waregem

No more cancelled training sessions for SV Zulte Waregem

With an ambitious renovation plan, SV Zulte Waregem only wants the best for its fans, visitors and certainly its players. A new artificial pitch should give the first class players the chance to train in optimal conditions. Regardless the weather.

Vincent Mannaert, former General Manager of SV Zulte Waregem stood at the cradle of this decision.

Why the switch to artificial turf?

Vincent Mannaert: "Already for a while we were playing with the idea to build an artificial turf pitch. Natural grass remains the ideal training surface but I have to admit it takes much effort to keep it in good condition. In rainy weather, the terrain is quickly damaged. With some bad luck, the grass recovers difficult and you end up in a vicious circle. And let's face it, moving to another field is not always a practical solution."

How did you get the idea to install synthetic grass?

Mannaert: "The initial question came from the players and technical staff. As professionals, they only want the best training conditions. As management, we want the players to perform well but you have to give them the opportunity to work in good conditions. We first did a test run on a Desso artificial pitch. The pleasant playing feel wiped all prejudices – if there were any – off the map. It really was a positive experience."

What about the price tag?

Mannaert: "An artificial grass pitch requires a significant investment and will initially cost more than a 'regular' field. The fact that the pitch can be played on 24 hours a day and 7 days a week opens new perspectives. Also the youth division and other clubs can use the field. That way the investment pays off itself. Also maintenance costs are way lower. Seeding, mowing, fertilizing,… All that isn’t necessary anymore. In the long run it’s a healthy investment."

Artificial Grass
Hybrid Grass

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