Sector Sport
Project type Refurbishment
Services provided Product / system supply
Year completed 2014
Project location Yorkshire and The Humber
Products used J Pitch; J Premier Pitch
 
 

Background

In 2014 Kiel Barrett, Head Groundsman at Leeds United's stadium, Elland Road, made the total switch to Johnsons Sports Seed mixtures.

Kiel has been Head Groundsman for 3 years and is assisted by 5 other members on the grounds team. Always looking for new and improved products, Kiel approached Johnsons at BTME and was later put in contact with local rep John Hughes.

Solution

“John came in and discussed the options available from the Johnsons range,” said Kiel, “and this confirmed what I’d seen in the STRI booklet that J Pitch and J Premier Pitch mixtures were best suited to my requirements. J Premier Pitch had the top four cultivars all in one bag so it didn’t take much persuading.”

J Premier Pitch was sown in the stadium and the 4 pitches at Thorp Arch, the club's training ground, whilst the J Pitch mixture was used on the Under 18’s pitch and the academy surfaces. The swap was conducted in the hope of improving surface quality and at least 10% better grass coverage and Kiel has been pleased with the results.

Outcome

“The surfaces are visibly improved and I’ve been particularly impressed with the rapid establishment, uniformity and density of the coverage we’ve achieved on all our pitches. It has outperformed the previous seed we used, both in terms of performance and price.”

Kiel was so satisfied with the outcome that Johnsons Sports Seed mixtures were chosen again for the 2015/16 season.

“John Hughes has been great, we speak at least once a month and he pops in regularly to check everything is okay. He really knows his stuff!” adds Kiel. “I also keep my eye on the STRI ratings and have seen that the J Premier Pitch average wear tolerance has increased from 7.9 to 8.05, so although the mixture is always the best in the book, it’s constantly improving too so I have no reason to change.”

The 2016 formulation of J Premier Pitch is now available with Johnson’s new 4G seed coat technology, ProNitro.


Background

In 2014 Kiel Barrett, Head Groundsman at Leeds United's stadium, Elland Road, made the total switch to Johnsons Sports Seed mixtures.

Kiel has been Head Groundsman for 3 years and is assisted by 5 other members on the grounds team. Always looking for new and improved products, Kiel approached Johnsons at BTME and was later put in contact with local rep John Hughes.

Solution

“John came in and discussed the options available from the Johnsons range,” said Kiel, “and this confirmed what I’d seen in the STRI booklet that J Pitch and J Premier Pitch mixtures were best suited to my requirements. J Premier Pitch had the top four cultivars all in one bag so it didn’t take much persuading.”

J Premier Pitch was sown in the stadium and the 4 pitches at Thorp Arch, the club's training ground, whilst the J Pitch mixture was used on the Under 18’s pitch and the academy surfaces. The swap was conducted in the hope of improving surface quality and at least 10% better grass coverage and Kiel has been pleased with the results.

Outcome

“The surfaces are visibly improved and I’ve been particularly impressed with the rapid establishment, uniformity and density of the coverage we’ve achieved on all our pitches. It has outperformed the previous seed we used, both in terms of performance and price.”

Kiel was so satisfied with the outcome that Johnsons Sports Seed mixtures were chosen again for the 2015/16 season.

“John Hughes has been great, we speak at least once a month and he pops in regularly to check everything is okay. He really knows his stuff!” adds Kiel. “I also keep my eye on the STRI ratings and have seen that the J Premier Pitch average wear tolerance has increased from 7.9 to 8.05, so although the mixture is always the best in the book, it’s constantly improving too so I have no reason to change.”

The 2016 formulation of J Premier Pitch is now available with Johnson’s new 4G seed coat technology, ProNitro.


 
 
 
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