Malta Football Association
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National Stadium pitch handover
Aug 24, 2016
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The day of the 24th of August 2016, will be remembered by the Malta Football Association and all the football enthusiasts as the day in which the National Stadium pitch was handed over to the MFA staff to take care off for the coming years. 

 

SIS Grass were chosen by the Malta FA some weeks a go to start a new project on the National Stadium pitch surface, which project ended today. The first match on this new surface will be played on the 4th of September, when Malta will be hosting Scotland in the first match of the World Cup Group F Qualifier for Russia 2018.

 

A press conference was held this morning at the National Stadium Hall, Level 0, in which Bjorn Vassallo, the MFA General Secretary, together with George Mullan, CEO of SIS Group, gave their views about the new pitch to the local media. They were assisted by Carlos Reis, SIS Group Director Natural Grass Projects and Emanuel Cassar, MFA Head of Infrastructural projects. 

 

A tour for the first time all those present followed after the press conference.


SIS Group has 15 years’ experience working with the biggest names in sport, SISGrass is our newest and most exciting innovation.

 

SISGrass is an advanced and patented reinforced turf system which offers increased pitch stability and delivers considerably more playing hours than natural grass surfaces. SIS Pitches has sourced the latest and best yarns and developed unrivalled technology to create a 95% natural pitch. Consequently, clients will play on the very best natural system, with additional benefits such as robustness and endurance, normally associated with synthetic turf.

 

The SISGrass system triumphed at this year’s Sports Technology Awards, in the category ‘Best use of technology by a Venue, Stadium Club or Franchise’. SISGrass additionally won the inaugural SAPCA Award in 2015, marking a new benchmark in quality, innovation and advancement across the sports and play construction industry.

 

The 2018 World Cup will be the first to have aSISGrass hybrid pitch, plusSISAir, our in-house, under-soil heating and ventilation system technology. The Luzhniki Stadium will be hosting group stage matches as well as a semi-final and the final. SIS Pitches has also constructed another 2018 World Cup venue at Spartak Moscow’s brand new stadium the Otkritie Arena.

 

SISGrass technology allows a field to be completed in five days, as recently demonstrated at Derby’s iPro Stadium. Other stadium installations in 2016 include Besiktas home stadium -Vodafone Arena in Turkey, Olympiakos home stadium - Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in Greece, the Sammy Ofer Stadium in Israel. In addition, pitches have been installed at St George’s Park, Chelsea, Derby County and Hull City’s training grounds.

 

SIS Pitches has many years experience in delivering natural and synthetic turf pitches to some of the greatest names in sport, as well as to schools, colleges, universities, sports clubs and local authorities. SIS Pitches has offices in the UK, Ireland, Russia, Turkey, Holland, Middle East and Angola.

 

Our SISTurf synthetic turf systems are tested to governing body standards, and we are a FIFA Licensee, World Rugby Preferred Turf Producer and FIH Certified Manufacturer. SIS Pitches is one of the selected companies for the FA/FF/RFU Framework, and supplier of facilities to the country’s leading Five a Side operators. 

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