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Saturday, 26 July 2014

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Maryport pitch maker scores with Carlisle United contract

When Carlisle United needed a new training pitch, they turned to the Maryport company which supplies European football champions Real Madrid.

A winner: Lauren Rowley, a tufter at the SIS factory in Maryport checks the turf that will be used on Carlisle United’s new training pitch

SIS Pitches, based at the Glasson industrial estate, is manufacturing a synthetic five-a-side pitch to be installed in the Neil Sports Centre at United’s Brunton Park.

SIS Pitches employs 40 people in Maryport and has also received orders for new surfaces for Championship clubs Brighton and Derby County to be installed over the summer.

The indoor pitch for Carlisle is made from SIS’s Superior 50 material, which is used nationally by the Powerleague football centres and others.

Philip Nichols, managing director of SIS Pitches, said: “The Neil Sports Centre is getting between 40 and 45 hours use per week and this pitch keeps Carlisle United at the forefront of sporting provision.”

Dale Foster, United’s business development director, said: “The centre is used by our first team, the Community Sports Trust and by members of the community.

“The playing surface has been deteriorating for a number of months now.

“We have everything from full professional training sessions to Saturday morning match clubs and five-a-side bookings to cater for.

“This upgrade will allow us to bring the facility back up to full capacity.”

SIS grass pitches, which use turf grown in Europe and the United Arab Emirates, are found in some of the world’s top football stadiums.

These include Real Madrid’s Bernabeu, Barcelona’s Camp Nou, Ajax’s Amsterdam Arena and Turkish club Galatasaray’s Türk Telekom Arena.

The 2008 UEFA Champions League final in Moscow, between Manchester United and Chelsea, was played on an SIS pitch.

The company has also installed the pitch at Spartak Moscow’s new Otkritie Arena, which will host matches in the 2018 World Cup.

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