MUGAs (Multi Use Games Areas) are a great way to encourage the use of sports in schools and communities and can be designed in a range of different ways with a variety of surfacing types and colours. The surface type chosen will largely depend on the activities that will be taking place and the budget available.
Macadam – also known as tarmac – is the most common muga surfacing type. It provides a hard, porous and durable surface that can be used for a wide range of sports, such as tennis, netball and basketball. This is a very cost effective surfacing option and can be colour sprayed for an attractive aesthetic.
Polymeric – This surface type uses a layer of porous rubber crumb that is laid on top of a tarmac base. This offers a slightly softer and more comfortable playing surface than tarmac, as well as anti-slip capabilities. This surface is a good choice for hockey, football and netball and is available in a variety of different colours.
The Foundation of Fun: Exploring MUGA Surfacing Options
Synthetic turf – This is a more expensive option but offers a year round solution that is suitable for a wide range of sports, including football and rugby. This surfacing can also be made in a variety of colours and is available with sand dressed options that are good for hockey.
Muga surfaces are all weather pitches which mean that they can be used all year round and won’t flood, become muddy or turn into the care takers worst nightmare like traditional grass. To ensure the MUGA continues to be safe to play on, regular slip testing should be carried out along with jet wash cleaning and line markings to help keep the surfacing in good condition.