Lakenheath’s Murfitt Industries hopes its new infill technology will allay safety concerns over artificial pitches

Cirencester Town goalkeeper Mateusz Wieczorek

Cirencester Town goalkeeper Mateusz Wieczorek - Credit: Archant

A Suffolk manufacturer of infill for artificial sports pitches has launched a new product that, it says, eliminates any risk to the health of players and the wider environment.

Shelford Rugby Club's artificial pitch

Shelford Rugby Club's artificial pitch - Credit: Archant

Lakenheath-based Murfitt Industries says it has launched PRO-gran in response to a growing perception that the standard black rubber crumb infill used on many artificial pitches may not be totally safe.

Murfitt’s new infill uses rubber coated in polyurethane designed to prevent the release of heavy metals or micro plastics.

Managing director Mark Murfitt said: “Although the consensus of the studies about black rubber crumb is that it causes no significant risk to health or the environment, we wanted people to enjoy participating in sport without worrying about the playing surface.

“A year of research and development later we offer a product that not only eliminates any concern about player or public health, but also creates a more enjoyable playing experience.”

The new technology has so far been used on artificial pitches used by Shelford Rugby Club near Cambridge and Cirencester Football Club.

Mr Murfitt added “Since PRO-gran has been installed on its first two pitches, the feedback we’ve had from the clubs and installers has been incredibly positive and means that we are able to spread good news about the future of artificial pitches.”