RFU’s first artificial grass pitches unveiled

  • First three RFU Rugby 365 artificial grass pitches complete in Lancashire, Buckinghamshire and Somerset
  • Eddie Jones attends Preston Grasshoppers unveiling
  • Find out more and book a pitch here

Lancashire, Buckinghamshire and Somerset are the first three locations to benefit from a RFU Rugby 365 floodlit artificial grass pitch (AGP).

The pitches are part of the RFU’s commitment to invest £47m over four years into the development of 100 AGPs across England.  

The new AGPs will provide the communities with year-round rugby which will enable additional training sessions and more flexibility in playing times due to the floodlights.

England head coach Eddie Jones attended the unveiling of Preston Grasshoppers' new AGP, leading a training session at the club. 

"It’s been great to see the whole community come out in force to celebrate the launch and I hope to see clubs, schools and organisations all using and benefiting from this great facility," said Jones. 

Pitch for a Pound

As part of the official launches the RFU has introduced a 'Pitch for a Pound' promotion, giving the local communities the chance to book an hour on the pitch for just £1 (+ VAT), this January and February. To book time on the Buckinghamshire, Lancashire or Weston-super-Mare pitch, click here. 

The RFU has invested £47m into the Rugby 365 artificial grass pitch programme, with a commitment to build 60 artificial grass pitches on rugby club sites across England over four years. 

Another 22 RFU AGP sites are currently in the latter stages of feasibility testing with 15 of those set to begin work this summer. 
Alongside the Rugby 365 programme the RFU is investing into partner organisations to part-fund 40 pitches on community sites. Three educational sites are currently in development and will be announced in due course. 

“It is expected that each AGP pitch will create between 1,500 and 2,000 hours of additional access to play per year," said RFU CEO Ian Ritchie who opened the new pitch at Aylesbury RFC. 

"We hope that the flexibility and enhanced opportunities they provide across the regions will open up the sport for a wider audience to enjoy the benefits of rugby.”