A Sligo-owned firm specialising in sports pitches has become the first in the UK and Ireland to be double-certified individually by the International Hockey Federation (FIH).
SIS Pitches has been announced as a FIH Certified Manufacturer and FIH Certified Field Builder.
This means that SIS Pitches is certified as both an approved synthetic turf manufacturer as well as a hockey field builder. No other company within Ireland and the British Isles is double-certified individually by the International Hockey Federation in this way.
SIS Pitches, which is headquartered in Sligo, is a world leader in synthetic and natural sports surfacing. The company lays synthetic pitches across the globe, with some of its most prestigious hockey pitches located at The University of Manchester, The University of Hull, Ben Rhydding Hockey Club in the North of England and Lynnsport, home of the Pelicans hockey team in Norfolk.SIS Pitches was set up by Sligo native George Mullan in 2001, employing just two people. It now employs 245 people worldwide with offices in Ireland, the UK, Holland, the Middle East, Russia, Turkey and Angola.
The double-certification from the FIH recognises SIS Pitches’ expertise in the control over the quality of hockey pitches in every aspect — from pitch design, manufacturing, construction, installation and maintenance.
Away from hockey, SIS Pitches is proud to provide the latest hybrid turf sports surfaces for football and rugby.
The firm has constructed and installed SISGrass at six of the 12 pitches at the 2018 football World Cup in Russia, including the Luzhniki stadium, home of the opening and final matches of the tournament.
Alastair Cox, FIH Facilities and Quality Programme Manager, said, “The consistently high standard of hockey turf manufacturing and the construction quality demonstrated in SIS Pitches' field building earned them the right to be internationally endorsed by our Quality Programme for Hockey Turf. This is no easy feat.
“Additionally, their commitment to providing great hockey facilities that support our Hockey Revolution strategy — to make our sport a global game that inspires future generations, was an important factor in their application.”
Darren McGeehan, Sales Director, SIS Pitches Ireland, said, “SIS Pitches is the only company in the world certified by the FIH as both an approved synthetic turf manufacturer and hockey field builder. Therefore, our customers benefit from a full turnkey ‘in-house’ service that sets us apart from all our industry competition. From manufacture through pitch construction and surface installation, all aspects of the works are managed and carried out by SIS Pitches.”
Luke Edwards, Sports Systems Development Manager, SIS Group Ltd., said, “We’re thrilled to have joined the FIH Certified Builder Programme as this fits perfectly with our philosophy of building, constructing and installing only the highest quality hockey fields.”