At one time, it was the norm to have a dedicated area for every sport in a school or sports facility. Today it is more efficient, and therefore more likely, for a single sports ground or pitch to cater for multiple sports and be a multi-use games area. Football, hockey, tennis and basketball are just a few sports whose playing areas can be integrated into a single space. With each sport having different requirements, it is wise to cater for all eventualities when choosing the right fencing to protect these areas and enhance their usability.
Quality sports fencing must do double duty by preventing unauthorised people, dogs and wildlife from entering the grounds and damaging or fouling the sports area. Outstanding fencing can also streamline play by keeping balls and other equipment inside the area during play. Old chain-link fencing is becoming rarer for large sports facilities and replacing it with modern, welded wire mesh fencing has numerous benefits. Here are things to consider when looking to install sports ground fencing.
Short fencing, used to mark out a spectator’s area, can be fitted and serves its purpose to show where spectators can and cannot go. However, for most situations it is best to fit higher fences and gates, averaging 2.4 metres high. This will deter unauthorised people from entering the grounds when they are locked, and will minimise the possibility of stray balls interfering with traffic on adjacent roads.
Net-covered roofs, or net fence panels above the welded wire mesh, are also additional options for keeping equipment inside an enclosed area.
Many clever features can be built into welded wire mesh fences to create versatile playing areas. For sports needing goals at either end, such as football and hockey, recessed goals made of welded wire mesh can be specified. Going for this option ensures permanent goal areas that need little maintenance and zero set-up time. Basketball nets at either side of the playing area are another popular addition. These hoops and backboards are also built into the fence structure and do not require nets.
Welded wire mesh gates fit seamlessly with the colour and finish of the surrounding fencing. All gates are specified to include safety features such as low-profile clamps/hinges and locks that are externally facing, so any player coming into contact with the gate will not be injured by protruding metal parts. Schools and sports facilities should consider this option as an investment in reducing maintenance costs and an essential way of protecting the facility from damage.
This is just a brief guide to what should be considered when purchasing a quality sports fence or fencing system. The best possible route to answering all questions about sports fencing is to ask a reputable supplier and installer who will gladly provide answers to the most technical questions about your new fencing project.
RTC Fencing are leading suppliers and installers of the highest quality sports fences. We offer a free quotation and site-visit service and we aim to leave customers satisfied and informed, with a no-obligation policy. Get in touch today to arrange your free quotation and site visit.