08th October 2015
Multi-use games areas, or MUGAs as they are more commonly known, are extremely useful sports facilities that cater for a wide range of sports, from basketball and netball to football, hockey and tennis. Consequently, when building a multi-use games area it is important to ensure that the facility you construct can facilitate all of the sports that you intend to play within it in a safe and secure manner. To help you do so, listed below are our top tips on how to improve the safety of your multi-use games area:
Many schools and sporting institutions use rolled welded mesh to construct their multi-use games areas. However, although this type of fencing is cost-effective it is not suitable for ‘high-impact’ use, such as instances wherein a football or tennis ball will be kicked at it regularly from close range. Therefore, if you are constructing a multi-use games area it is strongly advised that you invest in panelled rigid mesh fencing that will be more durable and possess a better rebound performance. As such, this denser type of mesh is often used for football fencing in schools, tennis fencing in professional athletes’ training centres and hockey fencing at sporting arenas. This panelled rigid mesh will also facilitate a clearer view of the playing field, which can prove useful if you intend to host sporting events for spectators at your multi-use games area.
As a rule, if you are constructing a multi-use games area you should choose sports fencing that is over two metres high and implement additional ‘ball-stop netting’ if necessary. Not only will this higher sports fencing maintain the flow of the games being played by preventing stray balls from exiting the facility, but it can also improve the safety of the athletes by preventing intruders or pests from gaining unauthorised access to the grounds. If your multi-use games area will be located near a busy road, then these higher fencing panels can also prove instrumental in preventing balls from straying into these nearby roads and causing hazards.
One of the most common sports injuries that takes place within multi-use games areas is players being injured by running into posts during fast-paced games. Consequently, it is strongly advised that you position the posts of your multi-use games areas on the outside of the sports fencing and place clamping bars on the inside. This secure clamping will not only reduce the amount of noise generated when a player or ball hits the sports fencing, but it will also substantially reduce the likelihood of post-related injuries.
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