Savanna - top marks for performance and durability
Savanna is a top class multi-use sports surface. It is a sand-dressed dense texturised, polyethylene mono- filament with narrow blades. Savanna can be used for a variety of sports surfaces including hockey, recreation, football, tennis and netball. Polyethylene yarns were introduced in the mid-nineties as a viable replacement for traditional polypropylene fibre types.
Polyethylene has a different polymer structure and as such has a softer, smoother texture which creates a less abrasive surface.
Another distinct advantage of polyethylene is that it has a waxy, almost damp, feel that is skin friendly. Polypropylene, on the other hand, can be very dry and brittle , which is not only more abrasive for the player, but can also cause fibres within the surface to break down, leading to deterioration, bacteria and moss growth.
Savanna utilises what are known as mono-filament fibres. These are a radical improvement on the older style fibrillated fibres in which infill tended to compact, requiring additional maintenance. Mono-filaments are more durable than fibrilated fibres and due to the manufacturing process they can be extruded in various shapes and thicknesses In addition, mono-filaments
achieve optimum performance immediately after installation. whereas fibrillated surfaces improve in aesthetics and performance after use.
Fibrillated surfaces also have a tendency to flatten more easily. Mono-filaments therefore give greater performance and increased durability, as the fibres are worn on the tip, rather than on the side.
Choosing the right fence
At the installation pictured on the left, which we carried out at a school in the East Midlands, we used Super 70 high tensile chain link fencing. This is an attractive and secure fence that blends into the surroundings, allowing excellent visibility along the fence line. The increased strength of the wire makes it less prone to vandalism as it is more difficult to cut and harder to unravel or pull down.
En Tout Cas - The finest name in tennis court construction
Our tennis courts and sports surfaces are made and supplied by En Tout Cas - the original manufacturer of all-weather courts and sports surfaces. En Tout Cas was founded in 1909 and continues to be a byword for British-built quality and excellence.