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Why Netball Court Resurfacing Matters

Posted on: March 22nd, 2016

Over time, all sports surfaces become damaged or worn with frequent use, and while a used surface may be suitable to play on for a while, there will come a day when you will need to take steps to have your surface fixed. Netball courts are no exception, and netball court maintenance is very important to ensure a good, level playing field and a safe environment for the game. Netball court resurfacing matters, which is why Charles Lawrence have put together this rundown of the process and its benefits. What is involved in resurfacing a netball court? There is more involved…

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It’s a Smash: Charles Lawrence Secure New Tennis Court & MUGA Installation Contracts

Posted on: February 25th, 2016

  Since our establishment in 1982, Charles Lawrence have built up an esteemed reputation as specialists in the construction, maintenance and refurbishment of sports surfaces. Our quality of work often lands us fantastic opportunities to work with respected and reputable establishments, and this month, we’ll be presenting the case studies of the tennis court installations and multi use games area (MUGA) installations we’re excited to begin working on very soon. Wythall Tennis Club Located in the West Midlands, Wythall Tennis Club, a reputable and successful establishment, have elected to resurface two of their four macadam hard courts. The upgrade will bring…

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Jordanne Whiley: Doubles Grand Slam Champion Putting Wheelchair Tennis On The Map

Posted on: January 22nd, 2016

As leading experts in tennis court installation and tennis court maintenance, Charles Lawrence aim to keep up to date with all developments of the sport in order to ensure we can offer the most informative service we can to all of our customers. It is with this in mind that we are pleased to bring you news of Jordanne Whiley, the seven time Grand Slam Champion who is redefining wheelchair tennis and aiming to make the sport much more accessible to those with physical impairments and increase the popularity of the game. Jordanne Whiley’s career so far The impressive 23-year-old not…

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Get it Done Right: Resurfacing Tennis Courts

Posted on: December 2nd, 2015

The British weather is infamous for being unpredictable, but in the winter months it becomes all the more volatile. The harsh weather can play havoc with your tennis court surface as excessive moisture can cause pooling and mould growth, and falling organic matter, such as leaves and pine needles, can cause discolouration. Whilst we’ve covered how to maintain your court over winter in a previous article, you may want to consider the benefits of completely resurfacing your tennis courts.   When to resurface your tennis court No matter how well installed your original tennis court was, years of use will cause…

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Buying Tennis Court Fencing – Key Considerations

Posted on: November 23rd, 2015

Whilst the court and net are clearly key aspects to ensuring a successful tennis set-up, a good fence is another important feature that you shouldn’t overlook. Necessary for keeping foul balls within the confines of the court, tennis court fencing is also an important safety feature – especially in multi-surface sports areas – to prevent passers-by being struck by a high-speed tennis ball that could cause a serious injury. To prevent this from occurring, you need to select your fencing carefully and keep in mind the following key considerations: Quality Materials There are many material options available for fencing, including timber,…

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Age is Just a Number – Britain’s Oldest Tennis Player!

Posted on: October 9th, 2015

Tennis is a fantastic sport that’s growing in popularity. We’re seeing an increased interest in tennis courts and tennis court maintenance amongst our clients, and we think inspirations like 93-year-old Gordon Burdfield, who is proving that age is just a number and showing up competitors less than half his age with his impressive backhand, might well be a factor for the growing appreciation of the sport! Keeping fit Hampshire resident and great-grandfather, Gordon, began playing tennis aged 13, keeping up the game for 8 decades, and only taking a small hiatus aged 17 when he enlisted in the Navy during World…

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Advice: Maintaining Your Artificial Turf

Posted on: September 11th, 2015

It’s a common misconception that you don’t need to maintain artificial turf. This isn’t the case; artificial turf maintenance, however minimum, is still very important for ensuring that your grass looks great. Follow our tips to increase the longevity of your lawn. Brush your lawn Within the first 6-8 weeks of installation, you should brush your turf very regularly to ensure it settles correctly. After this period, brushing the turf every 4-6 weeks will suffice. You should use a soft bristled brush to go over your turf in different directions. This will ensure that the pile is kept upright, rather than…

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2019 Netball World Cup To Be Hosted By England

Posted on: August 7th, 2015

As the 2015 Netball World Cup begins this week in Sydney, all eyes are firmly fixed on the netball court, and here at Charles Lawrence we’re getting geared up for the 2019 World Cup – which will be hosted in England for just the third time in the competition’s 56 year history. The bid to host the event was put forward by Liverpool in 2014 as part of UK Sport’s Gold Event Series, a £40 million investment to bring more of the world’s prestigious sporting events to the UK. In February 2015 the announcement was made live on Sky Sports News…

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Maintaining Your MUGA – Part 2: Reactive Maintenance

Posted on: July 23rd, 2015

  Following on from our blog post in May which features tips on how to carry out proactive maintenance on your multi use games area (MUGA), this article will provide useful advice on reactive maintenance so you can decide which form of action will best suit your requirements.   What is reactive maintenance? As opposed to proactive maintenance which puts preventative measures in place before any damage occurs, as the name suggests reactive repair maintenance fixes damage which has already been done to the surface. There are several reasons why a MUGA may suffer from problems, including: Overuse Vandalism Lack of…

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Wimbledon 2015 – Analysing the Superstars Moving Into the Grass Court Tennis season

Posted on: June 28th, 2015

  Today’s tennis fans are spoilt for choice, with players of the highest calibre both on and off the court. Not even the best are dead-certs to win though (remember the French Open), so how are the top stars shaping up in the grass court this season? With seventeen Grand Slam singles titles, seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer is one of the all-time greats. Although he reached the quarter-finals of the French Open, the Swiss will be relieved to have swapped clay for grass. Reaching the age of thirty is no longer a bar to tennis success, but despite staying second…

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