MUGA stands for multi use games area, and these types of facilities are very popular in schools as well as sports clubs and leisure centres across the UK. They allow a range of different sports to be played on one surface, and they’re especially great for sites that don’t have the space for individual pitches or courts.
The MUGA is designed to accommodate a number of different sports such as basketball, handball, tennis, football and more, and they’re a very effective way to motivate children and young people to get more exercise and stay active. They also help to improve social interaction and encourage healthy lifestyles, which is why they’re such a great investment for any school or playground.
MUGAs are also popular for community sports such as cricket, football and netball, and they’re often found in parks and recreation grounds where they can be enjoyed by a wide range of people. They can be fitted with different surfacing options including polymeric, macadam or artificial grass, which is perfect for playing on the ground all year round regardless of the weather.
Different surfacing options will be determined by the sports that are to be played on the multi-use games area, and the choice of surface will also be influenced by budget requirements and site conditions. For example, a polymeric surface is more suitable for ‘court’ based sports like basketball and tennis with a degree of shock absorbency, whilst a macadam or sand-dressed surface is better suited to ‘pitch’ style sports such as football and hockey.
When planning a new MUGA, it is important to consider the overall design of the area including dimensions, surfacing type, lighting and fencing. A specialist contractor will be able to assess the requirements of your facility and recommend a solution that is best for you, ensuring it meets all of your needs.
It is essential that a MUGA is maintained correctly to ensure it performs at its optimum and that players are safe. Regular maintenance includes brushing, decompaction and infill management as well as chemical treatment to prevent moss and algae growth. If a MUGA is constructed with an artificial surface, this will require resurfacing every 4 years to maintain the optimum playing characteristics.
A multi use games area is a fantastic investment for any school or playground, and with regular maintenance it can be kept in good condition for many years to come. By choosing a high quality surfacing option, you can guarantee that your facility will be safe for all users and provide a surface that is durable, long-lasting and visually appealing. For more information about how a MUGA can benefit your school or playground, please contact us today. We would be happy to discuss the details of your project and offer a quotation on your preferred surfacing option. We can also create a bespoke surfacing specification to suit your individual needs. To request a quote, please fill in the online quotation form on this page or contact our team directly.