ABOUT THE RFU ARTIFICIAL GRASS PITCH PROGRAMMEOnce all AGPs are built it is anticipated that grassroots rugby will see 16,000 new regular participants taking up the sport as a result of greater access to quality playing facilities across the country.
The major driver for installing artificial pitches is to sustain and grow participation in the game against a backdrop of adverse weather conditions and increasing pressure on natural turf pitches.
Over the past four years, RFU data shows that wetter winters are having a serious impact on the rugby season, resulting in more games and training sessions being cancelled. Recent weather events support that view.
See the pitch booking page for more information on Rugby Turf.