Nottingham Forest chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi has declared recent resurfacing work at The Nigel Doughty Academy as a ‘major success’.The indoor dome at the club’s Wilford Lane training base underwent a complete resurfacing last month to bring the facility up to FIFA 1* standards.
And The Reds’ owner was delighted with the outcome.
Mr Al Hasawi said: “It gives me great pleasure to announce the successful completion of this important work at The Nigel Doughty Academy.
“The project has been a major success and this further underlines my commitment to providing the staff and players of Nottingham Forest with the best possible facilities.”
Forest manager Billy Davies believes the improvements will prove hugely beneficial to the club.
He said: “This state of the art facility won’t solely be of use to our first team – the dome is used throughout the week by children of all ages in our Academy.
“The new turf is superb and the players are already enjoying training on it.
“On behalf of them and my staff I would like to extend my thanks to Fawaz for this tremendous development.”
Head groundsman Ewan Hunter was also impressed with the refurbishment.
He said: “The install went very well and the end results are first class. Both companies were excellent to work with from start to finish.
“The new surface gives the first team a high-performance alternative on which to train when our grass pitches become frozen in the winter.”
The third generation product has been designed to meet the latest FIFA standards and is used widely by clubs and communities alike. This intelligent product has built-in vertical memory which means that, even after heavy use, the grass remains upright. The soft, natural-looking, dense turf has a highly-consistent finish which allows for improved ball control that is comparable to play on natural grass.
Lifelong Forest fans Robert Swatton, projects manager of Smith Construction, and Nick Rickerby, business development manager of Tiger Turf, collaborated to oversee the project which was completed during the February half-term holidays to ensure minimum disruption.
Rickerby said: “We believe that a high-performance pitch is essential when it comes to nurturing the next generation of footballers.
“All of our football turf is FIFA-approved and we can guarantee that it will not only last a minimum of 20,000 playing hours, but promises the longevity of performance.”